Exponential of Sum/Complex Numbers/General Result

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Let $m \in \N_{>0}$ be a natural number.

Let $z_1, z_2, \ldots, z_m \in \C$ be complex numbers.

Let $\exp z$ be the exponential of $z$.


$\ds \map \exp {\sum_{j \mathop = 1}^m z_j} = \prod_{j \mathop = 1}^m \paren {\exp z_j}$


Let $m \in \Z_{>0}$ be a positive integer.

Let $z \in \C$ be a complex number.

Let $\exp z$ be the exponential of $z$.


$\ds \exp \paren {m z} = \paren {\exp z}^m$


The proof proceeds by induction.

For all $m \in \N_{>0}$, let $\map P m$ be the proposition:

$\ds \map \exp {\sum_{j \mathop = 1}^m z_j} = \prod_{j \mathop = 1}^m \paren {\exp z_j}$

$\map P 1$ is the case:

\(\ds \map \exp {\sum_{j \mathop = 1}^1 z_j}\) \(=\) \(\ds \exp z_j\)
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds \prod_{j \mathop = 1}^1 \paren {\exp z_j}\)

Thus $\map P 1$ is seen to hold.

Basis for the Induction

$\map P 2$ is the case:

$\map \exp {z_1 + z_2} = \paren {\exp z_1} \paren {\exp z_2}$

This is proved in Exponential of Sum: Complex Numbers.

Thus $\map P 2$ is seen to hold.

This is the basis for the induction.

Induction Hypothesis

Now it needs to be shown that if $\map P k$ is true, where $k \ge 1$, then it logically follows that $\map P {k + 1}$ is true.

So this is the induction hypothesis:

$\ds \map \exp {\sum_{j \mathop = 1}^k z_j} = \prod_{j \mathop = 1}^k \paren {\exp z_j}$

from which it is to be shown that:

$\ds \map \exp {\sum_{j \mathop = 1}^{k + 1} z_j} = \prod_{j \mathop = 1}^{k + 1} \paren {\exp z_j}$

Induction Step

This is the induction step:

\(\ds \map \exp {\sum_{j \mathop = 1}^{k + 1} z_j}\) \(=\) \(\ds \map \exp {\sum_{j \mathop = 1}^k z_j + z_{k + 1} }\)
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds \map \exp {\sum_{j \mathop = 1}^k z_j} \exp z_{k + 1}\) Basis for the Induction
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds \prod_{j \mathop = 1}^k \paren {\exp z_j} \exp z_{k + 1}\) Induction Hypothesis
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds prod_{j \mathop = 1}^{k + 1} \paren {\exp z_j}\)

So $\map P k \implies \map P {k + 1}$ and the result follows by the Principle of Mathematical Induction.


$\forall m \in \N_{>0}: \ds \map \exp {\sum_{j \mathop = 1}^m z_j} = \prod_{j \mathop = 1}^m \paren {\exp z_j}$