PURE MTH 4119 - Complex Analysis - Honours

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

When the real numbers are replaced by the complex numbers in the definition of the derivative of a function, the resulting (complex-) differentiable functions turn out to have many remarkable properties not enjoyed by their real analogues. These functions, usually known as holomorphic functions, have numerous applications in areas such as engineering, physics, differential equations and number theory, to name just a few. The focus of this course is on the study of holomorphic functions and their most important basic properties. Topics covered are: Complex numbers and functions; complex limits and differentiability; elementary examples; analytic functions; complex line integrals; Cauchy's theorem and the Cauchy integral formula; Taylor's theorem; zeros of holomorphic functions; Rouche's Theorem; the Open Mapping theorem and Inverse Function theorem; Schwarz' Lemma; automorphisms of the ball, the plane and the Riemann sphere; isolated singularities and their classification; Laurent series; the Residue Theorem; calculation of definite integrals and evaluation of infinite series using residues; Montel's Theorem and the Riemann Mapping Theorem.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PURE MTH 4119
    Course Complex Analysis - Honours
    Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites MATHS 2100 or MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2202
    Assumed Knowledge MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2202
    Course Description When the real numbers are replaced by the complex numbers in the definition of the derivative of a function, the resulting (complex-) differentiable functions turn out to have many remarkable properties not enjoyed by their real analogues. These functions, usually known as holomorphic functions, have numerous applications in areas such as engineering, physics, differential equations and number theory, to name just a few. The focus of this course is on the study of holomorphic functions and their most important basic properties.

    Topics covered are: Complex numbers and functions; complex limits and differentiability; elementary examples; analytic functions; complex line integrals; Cauchy's theorem and the Cauchy integral formula; Taylor's theorem; zeros of holomorphic functions; Rouche's Theorem; the Open Mapping theorem and Inverse Function theorem; Schwarz' Lemma; automorphisms of the ball, the plane and the Riemann sphere; isolated singularities and their classification; Laurent series; the Residue Theorem; calculation of definite integrals and evaluation of infinite series using residues; Montel's Theorem and the Riemann Mapping Theorem.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Melissa Tacy

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of complex analysis.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the application of the theory both to other mathematical areas and to physics and engineering.
    3. Prove the basic results relating to holomorphic functions.
    4. Apply the theory learnt in the course to solve a variety of problems at an appropriate level of difficulty.
    5. Demonstrate skills in communicating mathematics orally and in writing.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3,4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3,4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4,5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4,5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    None.
    Recommended Resources
    The course will loosely follow E. M. Stein and R. Shakarchi, Complex Analysis (available to us as an e-book).

    Other resources you may wish to use are:

    J. Bak and D. J. Newman, Complex Analysis (available as an e-book).
    T. W. Gamelin, Complex Analysis.
    R. E. Greene and S. G. Krantz, Function theory of one complex variable.
    Online Learning
    Assignments, tutorial exercises, handouts, and course announcements will be posted on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The lecturer guides the students through the course material in 30 lectures. Students are expected to engage with the material in the lectures. Interaction with the lecturer and discussion of any difficulties that arise during the lecture is encouraged and attendance at the lecturer's consultation hour is particularly encouraged. Students are expected to attend all lectures, but lectures will be recorded to help with occasional absences and for revision purposes. In fortnightly tutorials students will work through exercises designed to practise their skills.  Fortnightly homework assignments help students strengthen their understanding of the theory and their skills in applying it, and allow them to gauge their progress.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Quantity Workload Hours
    Lectures 30 100
    Tutorials 4 16
    Assignments 5 40
    Total 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Schedule
    Week 1 The complex numbers and the complex plane. Continuity and complex differentiation.
    Week 2 Holomorphic functions and power series. Integration along curves.
    Week 3 Goursat's theorem. Cauchy's theorem.
    Week 4 Cauchy's integral formula and consequences, Liouville's theorem.
    Week 5 Zeros and poles of holomorphic functions, residues.
    Week 6 The residue formula and applications, Morera's theorem.
    Week 7 Classfication of singularities and Laurent series.
    Week 8 Rouche's theorem, the maximum principle and applications.
    Week 9 Transformations of the complex plane.
    Week 10 The Riemann sphere. Generalisations to simply connected regions.
    Week 11 The complex logarithm, Riemann mapping theorem.
    Week 12 Connections to harmonic functions and PDE.

    Tutorials in Weeks 3, 5, 9, and 11 cover the material of the previous two weeks.
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcomes
    Exam Summative Examination Period 70% All
    Test Summative Week 7 10% All
    Assignments Formative and summative Weeks  4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 20% All
    Assessment Related Requirements
    An aggregate score of 50% is required to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Set Due Weighting
    Assignment 1 Week 3 Week 4 4%
    Assignment 2 Week 5 Week 6 4%
    Assignment 3 Week 7 Week 8 4%
    Assignment 4 Week 9 Week 10 4%
    Assignment 5 Week 11 Week 12 4%
    Submission
    Homework assignments must be submitted on time with a signed assessment cover sheet. Late assignments will not be accepted. Assignments will be returned within two weeks. Students may be excused from an assignment for medical or compassionate reasons.  Documentation is required and the lecturer must be notified as soon as possible.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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