Euler's Formula
This formula takes in an angle provided in radians as input and returns a complex number that represents a point on the unit circle in the complex plane.
Expression  Description 

Shorthand for the exponential function, where  
The complex part of a complex number  
An angle provided in radians  
The cosine function  
The sine function 
Euler’s formula takes in angle an input and returns a complex number that represents a point on the unit circle in the complex plane that corresponds to the angle. For example, given the angle of radians, Euler’s formula returns the complex number which is the rightmost point on the unit circle in the complex plane.
Note, the notation is shorthand for the exponential function. Shown below is the formula written explicityly with the exponential function.
When using a computational medium that supports complex numbers this is useful to know. Conceptually, the definition of the exponential function can be used to verify the formula as dicussed in the explanation below.
The connection between the exponential function and the trigonometric functions sine and cosine is suprising and gives this formula notoriety. However, as mentioned above is shorthand for the exponential function.
The example below derives Euler’s formula starting with the power series definition of the exponential function^{[1]}.
Start with the power series definition of the exponential function.
Subsitute the complex input into the function as input.
Expand the expressions in the numerators.
Notice the places where the complex constant appears. Everywhere the complex constant is raised to a power greater than one, such as , and we can substitute into the expression.
Simplify the expressions which flips some of the signs. The expressions that still contain the constant are highlighted blue.
Group the expressions containing and those that do not and then factor out the complex constant.
Substitute the definitions into the expression.
This gives us Euler’s formula which we can write in its shorthand form shown below.
A complex number is an extension of the real number line where in addition to the "real" part of the number there is a complex part of the number. The properties of complex numbers are useful in applied physics as they elegantly describe rotation.
The exponential function models exponential growth. The output of the function at any given point is equal to the rate of change at that point. For real number input, the function conceptually returns Euler's number raised to the value of the input.
The sine function returns the sine of a number provided in radians. In geometric terms, the function returns the vertical component of the point formed by the angle on the unit circle.
The cosine function returns the cosine of an angle provided in radians. In geometric terms, the function returns the ratio of the righttriangle's adjacent side over its hypotenuse.

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