# Complex::Phase Property

**Visual Studio 2010**

Gets the phase of a complex number.

**Namespace:**System.Numerics

**Assembly:**System.Numerics (in System.Numerics.dll)

For a complex number a + bi, the phase is computed as Math::Atan2(b, a).

You can identify a complex number by its Cartesian coordinates on the complex plane or by its polar coordinates. The phase (argument) of a complex number is the angle to the real axis of a line drawn from the point of origin (the intersection of the x-axis and the y-axis) to the point represented by the complex number. The magnitude (represented by the Magnitude property) is the distance from the point of origin to the point that is represented by the complex number.

You can instantiate a complex number based on its polar coordinates instead of its Cartesian coordinates by calling the FromPolarCoordinates method.

To convert the phase from radians to degrees, multiply it by 180/Math::PI.

The following example uses the FromPolarCoordinates method to instantiate a complex number based on its polar coordinates, and then displays the value of its Magnitude and Phase properties.

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.