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Math 4512 - Complex Analysis Syllabus

zMapThis is an introductory course to Complex Analysis at an undergraduate level. Complex Analysis, in a nutshell, is the theory of differentiation and integration of functions with complex-valued arguments z = x +i y , where i = (-1)1/2 . While the course will try to include rigorous proofs for many - but not all - of the material covered, emphasize will be placed on applications and examples. Complex Analysis is a topic that is extremely useful in many applied topics such as numerical analysis, electrical engineering, physics, chaos theory, and much more, and you will see some of these applications throughout the course. In addition, complex analysis is a subject that is, in a sense, very complete. The concept of complex differentiation is much more restrictive than that of real differentiation and as a result the corresponding theory of complex differentiable functions is a particularly nice one - as you will hopefully agree at the end of the course.

Text Book and Notes

The text book used for the course is Complex Variables (Dover Books on Mathematics) by Flanigan, Francis J. The book can be purchased through the bookstore or online via Amazon. It is ot necessarily my favorite book, but it is very cheap and considering the price it *is* a good book. Incidentally, you should check other books from the Dover Books on Mathematics series; they are all cheap and worth purchasing.

To easily follow the lectures we will use the computer program DyKnow, available from our homepage. You should bring your laptop charged and ready to every class.

Office Hours:

My office is in Science Building, room 118 D, and you can reach me by phone at (973) 761-9000 x5167 or - much preferred - via email at wachsmut@shu.edu. My office hours are Mon & Wed from 11 am to 12 pm and by appointment. Since the homework will sometimes be challenging, it is important that you make appointments with me as soon as any problems arise.


There will be homework assigned during each class, which will be due and collected the next time class meets. No late homework is accepted, except in special circumstances. There will be two exams during the semester, and possibly a final exam during the officially scheduled time. In addition, each person is required to explain a homework problem on the board at least once. While that performance is not graded, it is required for passing the course. The final grade is computed as follows: 45% homework, 45% exams, 10% participation

Material Covered

TMandelbot sethe course will cover material that is considered standard for an undergraduate complex analysis course:

We might also cover excerpts from "Applications of Residues), "Mapping by Elementary Functions", or some "Dynamic Systems", depending on how the course progresses.