Argand diagram

noun Mathematics.

a Cartesian coordinate system consisting of two perpendicular axes for graphing complex numbers, the real part of a number being plotted along the horizontal axis and the imaginary part along the vertical axis.



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Origin of Argand diagram

1905–10; named after Jean-Robert Argand (1768–1822), Swiss mathematician Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for argand diagram

Argand diagram
/ (ˈɑːɡænd) /


maths a diagram in which complex numbers are represented by the points in the plane the coordinates of which are respectively the real and imaginary parts of the number, so that the number x + i y is represented by the point (x, y), or by the corresponding vector < x, y >. If the polar coordinates of (x, y) are (r, θ), r is the modulus and θ the argument of x + i ySee also amplitude (def. 5)

Word Origin for Argand diagram

C19: named after Jean-Robert Argand (1768–1822), French mathematician
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