Traditionally, z is assumed to be a complex number and the roots are usually determined by using de Moivre's theorem adapted for fractional indices.

Students studying a mathematics specialism as a part of the Victorian VCE (Specialist Mathematics, 2010), HSC in NSW (Mathematics Extension in NSW, 1997) or Queensland QCE (Mathematics C, 2009) will be familiar with de Moivre's theorem and its applications to complex numbers (see the short discourse by Bardell (2014) for further details).

Now apply de Moivre's theorem using the fractional index 1/n to find the n-th roots of z.

Rather than solve this equation directly using de Moivre's theorem (as explained previously), there is much profit to be gained from expanding and simplifying the complex form of this equation, viz.

This paper describes how a simple application of de Moivre's theorem may be used to not only find the roots of a quadratic equation with real or generally complex coefficients but also to pinpoint their location in the Argand plane.

Unit 3, Topic 1 Complex Numbers) such as the Victorian VCE (Specialist Mathematics, 2010), HSC in NSW (Mathematics Extension in NSW, 1997) or Queensland QCE (Mathematics C, 2009) will be familiar with de Moivre's theorem and its applications to complex numbers, especially raising a complex number to a power.

Now apply de Moivre's theorem, as expressed in Equation (3) with fractional indices.

57 It is noted that de Moivre's theorem naturally anticipates results in the complex (Argand) plane.

By applying de Moivre's theorem to each term on the right hand side of equation (2), I obtain three different branches of y and use them to show that the domain of the curve is the set of all real numbers.

Applying de Moivre's theorem then gives the following three distinct values of u and v respectively:

Applying de Moivre's theorem to equations (14a) and (14b) gives the following three distinct expressions (branches) for u and v respectively:

Applying de Moivre's theorem gives the following three distinct values of u and v respectively: