** Course Information **

** Course Data **

- Course Number: Math 617.
- Course Title: Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable I.
- Section: 600.
- Time: 9:10–10:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- Location: Blocker 110.
- Credit Hours: 3.

** Instructor Details **

- Instructor: Harold P. Boas.
- Office: Blocker 601L.
- Phone: Messages can be left at the office for teaching operations in the Department of Mathematics, 979-845-3261.
- Email: Please use the Inbox tool in Canvas to write to me about Math 617. Other correspondence can be directed to boas@tamu.edu.
- Office Hours: 3:00–4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons via Zoom; also by appointment.

** Course Description **

Intended primarily for graduate students in mathematics, this course addresses the theory of functions of one complex variable. The basic objects of study are holomorphic functions (complex-analytic functions). The course covers the representation of holomorphic functions by power series and by integrals; complex line integrals, Cauchy’s integral formula, and some applications; singularities of holomorphic functions, Laurent series, and computation of definite integrals by residues; the maximum principle and Schwarz’s lemma; and conformal mapping.

The qualifying examination in complex analysis is associated with this course and the sequel (Math 618).

** Course Prerequisites **

The official prerequisite for this course is Math 410 (real calculus in Euclidean space). The essential background that you need is some facility with proofs in the \(\varepsilon\)–\(\delta\) style.

** Course Objectives **

By the end of the course, you should be able to

- analyze holomorphic functions by using infinite series, integrals, and partial differential equations;
- state and prove the major theorems that distinguish complex analysis from real analysis; and
- solve half of the problems on past complex analysis qualifying exams.

** Textbook **

The required textbook is *Functions of One Complex
Variable I*, second edition, by John B. Conway,
published by Springer-Verlag in 1978. Since the campus library
subscribes to a collection of Springer books, registered TAMU students
can download
a pdf copy of the textbook for free. You may need your NetID
password to download the book. If the preceding link does not work for
you, then locate the entry for the book in the TAMU library catalogue and click on the link labeled “Connect to the full text of this electronic book.” At the indicated link, there is also an option to purchase a paper copy for $24.99 (plus tax), much cheaper than the list price. (Look for the box headed “MyCopy Softcover.”) You may also be able to find an inexpensive used copy from your favorite book vendor.

The course material is contained in Chapters I–VI.

The textbook author has posted a list of corrections, most of which have been incorporated into the latest (seventh) printing of the second edition, which is the version you should have if you downloaded an electronic pdf copy. I have posted some additional comments and corrections.

** Grading Policy **

Course letter grades are assigned using the standard scale (60% is passing, 70% or higher earns a C, 80% or higher earns a B, 90% or higher earns an A).

The categories contributing to the course grade have the following weights.

**25%.**Homework/classwork.**25%.**Take-home exam due~~Friday, October 1.~~Monday, October 4.**25%.**Take-home exam due~~Friday, November 5.~~Monday, November 8.**25%.**Cumulative final examination, which the registrar has scheduled for 8:00–10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 13.

** Late Work Policy **

The expectation is that you will meet announced deadlines for submission of assignments. I recognize that extraordinary circumstances may arise, so I will accept late work for partial credit. I have configured Canvas to apply a penalty of 10% per day for late submissions. (To handle partial days, Canvas uses the ceiling function \(\lceil\cdot\rceil\), the smallest integer greater than or equal to the number, so the grade penalty for a submission \(x\) days late is \(\lceil x\rceil \times{}\)10%, capped at 100%.)

Work submitted to make up for an excused absence is not considered late and is exempted from the late work policy. See Student Rule 7.

** Course Schedule **

You should read each section of the textbook *before* the class meeting in which that section is on the agenda. During class, be prepared to solve problems and to discuss the topics.

The following schedule is subject to revision if circumstances change.

- Week 1
- Monday 30 August: Sections I.1 and I.2, the complex numbers.
- Wednesday 1 September: Sections I.3 and I.4: polar representation.
- Friday 3 September: Sections I.5 and I.6, stereographic projection.
- Week 2
- Monday 6 September: Section II.1, metric spaces.
- Wednesday 8 September: Section II.2, connectedness.
- Friday 10 September: Section II.3, completeness.
- Week 3
- Monday 13 September: Section II.4, compactness.
- Wednesday 15 September: Section II.5, continuity.
- Friday 17 September: Section II.6, uniform convergence.
- Week 4
- Monday 20 September: Section III.1, power series.
- Wednesday 22 September: Section III.2, complex differentiability.
- Friday 24 September: Section III.2, representation of analytic functions by power series.
- Week 5
- Monday 27 September: Section III.2, Cauchy–Riemann equations.
- Wednesday 29 September: Section III.3, conformality.
- Friday 1 October: Section III.3, Möbius transformations.
~~First take-home exam is due.~~The due date for the first take-home exam is changed to Monday, October 4. - Week 6
- Monday 4 October: Section III.3, properties of Möbius transformations.
- Wednesday 6 October: Section IV.1, the Stieltjes integral.
- Friday 8 October: Section IV.1, line integrals.
- Week 7
- Monday 11 October: Section IV.1, primitives.
- Wednesday 13 October: Section IV.2, Cauchy’s formula for disks.
- Friday 15 October: Section IV.2, consequences of Cauchy’s formula for disks.
- Week 8
- Monday 18 October: Section IV.3, zeros of analytic functions.
- Wednesday 20 October: Section IV.3, theorems implying that an analytic function is constant.
- Friday 22 October: Section IV.4, the index of a closed curve.
- Week 9
- Monday 25 October: Section IV.5, Cauchy’s integral theorem and formula.
- Wednesday 27 October: Section IV.5, Morera’s theorem.
- Friday 29 October: Section IV.6, homotopy version of Cauchy’s theorem.
- Week 10
- Monday 1 November: Section IV.6, simple connectivity.
- Wednesday 3 November: Section IV.7, counting zeros.
- Friday 5 November: Section IV.8, Goursat’s proof of Cauchy’s theorem.
- Week 11
- Monday 8 November: Section V.1, isolated singularites. Second take-home exam is due.
- Wednesday 10 November: Section V.1, Laurent series.
- Friday 12 November: Section V.2, the residue theorem.
- Week 12
- Monday 15 November: Section V.2, computation of integrals via residues.
- Wednesday 17 November: Section V.2, more computations via residues.
- Friday 19 November: Section V.3, Rouché’s theorem and the argument principle.
- Week 13
- Monday 22 November: Section VI.1, the maximum principle.
- Wednesday 24 November: Reading Day, classes do not meet.
- Friday 26 November: Thanksgiving Holiday, classes do not meet.
- Week 14
- Monday 29 November: Section VI.2, the Schwarz lemma.
- Wednesday 1 December: Section VI.3, the three circles theorem.
- Friday 3 December: Section VI.4, Phragmén–Lindelöf theory.
- Week 15
- Monday 6 December: review of Math 617.
- Wednesday 8 December: preview of Math 618.
- Final Exam
- Scheduled by the registrar for 8:00–10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 13.

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