Complex Analysis

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Every spring and fall semester

Topics from complex function theory, including contour integration and conformal mapping


MATH 2401 or MATH 24X1 or MATH 2411 or MATH 2551 or MATH 2550 or MATH 2X51

Course Text: 

At the level of Complex Variables and Applications, Brown & Churchill, 9th edition, McGraw-Hill

Topic Outline: 

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic results in complex variable theory, in particular Cauchy's theorem, and to develop the student's facility in the following three areas:

  • Computing the Laurent or Taylor series expansions associated to a function which is analytic in part of the complex plane, and the determination of the region of convergence of such series
  • Computing definite integrals by means of the residue calculus
  • Solving boundary value problems associated to the Laplace operator by means of the conformal transformations associated to analytic functions

Topics to be covered:

  • Geometry of the complex plane, triangle inequalities, geometric proof of the fundamental theorem of algebra
  • Analytic functions: Continuity and differentiability, the Cauchy-Riemann equations. Complex functions as maps of the complex plane into itself
  • Elementary analytic functions, including the logarithm, and its principle branch, log (z)
  • Line integrals, the Cauchy integral formula and the Cauchy-Goursat theorem. (Proof of the Cauchy formula to be based on Green's theorem.) Morera's theorem, etc.
  • Series: Taylor and Laurent expansions
  • Residue calculus for definite integrals
  • Harmonic functions and analytic functions: conjugate harmonics, conformal invariance of Laplace's equation in the plane, the Cauchy-Riemann equations and conformal maps
  • Poisson kernel derived from Cauchy's formula; solution of boundary value problems for Laplace's equation by conformal mapping, selected applications