### Why do I need to use real or real() some of the times?

I am making my own library to deal with polar to Cartesian conversions and for getting radius and angles in degrees.
I use .real and .imag quite a bit and have hit a wall when sometimes it would stop working due to error such as "built-in method real_part of sage.symbolic.expression.Expression" not compatible with method or something like that.
This is what I came up with as my ~~solution.
~~solution.

```
def getReal(im):
if type(im)==complex:
return im.real
return im.real()
def getImag(im):
if type(im)==complex:
return im.imag
return
```~~im.real()~~im.real()

This resolves issue with incompatible expressions

My questions are

- Why is this necessary?
- How should I go about making my libraries so that it can be imported into other files without copying over the whole source?
- How do I create methods such as above that will work on types so I can instead of getReal(i) call i.getReal()?

Thanks!