# IMREAL

The IMREAL function in Excel returns the real component of a complex number. It is useful for working with complex numbers and performing calculations involving both real and imaginary components.

## Syntax

=IMREAL(`Inumber`

)

`Inumber` | The complex number for which you want to extract the real component. |

## About IMREAL

When dealing with complex numbers in Excel, IMREAL comes to the rescue. It specializes in isolating the real portion of a complex number, making it convenient to manipulate mixed real and imaginary values in calculations and analyses. Complex numbers are often encountered in engineering, physics, and other technical fields, necessitating tools like IMREAL for accurate computations and simulations. By focusing solely on the real part, you can streamline operations involving complex quantities and enhance the accuracy of your results.

## Examples

If you have the complex number 3+4i and you want to extract the real part from it, you can use the IMREAL function as follows: =IMREAL(3+4i). This will return the real component, which is 3.

Consider a scenario where you're dealing with a complex number -2-6i and you need to determine its real part. Using the IMREAL function: =IMREAL(-2-6i) will yield -2 as the output.

## Questions

**How does the IMREAL function handle complex numbers in Excel?**

The IMREAL function focuses on extracting the real component of a complex number in Excel. It disregards the imaginary part and returns only the real portion for further processing in calculations.

**Can the IMREAL function be used with complex numbers having different formats?**

Yes, the IMREAL function is designed to extract the real component from complex numbers in various formats, provided the input adheres to Excel's rules for representing complex numbers. It efficiently handles different formats to deliver accurate results.

**Does the IMREAL function impact the original complex number passed as an argument?**

No, the IMREAL function operates on the complex number passed as the argument solely to extract its real component. The original complex number remains unaffected by the function's computation.

## Related functions

IMAGINARY

COMPLEX

IMABS

IMPRODUCT

IMAGPART

IMCONJUGATE

IMSUB