Peter B Gilkey
202 Deady Hall,1-541-346-4717 (office phone) 1-541-346-0987 (fax) email:
Mathematics Department, University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon 97403 USA

Math 619 Spring 2014 Complex variables CRN 38585

Syllabus Version 3

  • Office Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1000-1050 or by appointment.
  • Meets MWF 0800-0850. Problem session F1600-1650. Deady 210.
  • Note: No class Memorial Day Monday May 28 2014.
  • There will be no text in Math 619. However, there are some informal notes available from 1992.
  • There are no formal prerequisites. In particular the Math 616-617 sequence is not a prerequisite. The material of Math 515 would be helpful. Green's theorem will be derived from scratch. If in doubt about your background, send me an email
  • Homework will be due each Monday on the material of the subsequent week. The Friday discussion hour is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the homework. The homework problems will be challenging and it is essential that you have thought about the homework before comming to the discussion hour. You should also feel free to ask questions regarding the lecture that have come up then (or during class of course). I will drop your 2 lowest homework scores in computing the homework average. This is to allow for life's little emergencies in case you have to miss turning in 1 or 2 homeworks. Late homework will not be accepted.
  • Homework Assignments
  • Grade: Will be based
    1. 25% on the homework
    2. 25% on the mid term Wednesday 30 April 2014
    3. 50% on the Final Exam Tuesday 10 June 2014 10:15.

    Course Goals

    We will discuss the basic material of complex variables. Although we will develop everything "from scratch", this is a 600 level course and a fair amount of mathematical maturity will be assumed. We will begin with a treatment of complex differentiability. We will use Green's theorem to establish the Cauchy Integral Formula and to establish the basic properties of holomorphic functions (the uniform limit of holomorphic functions is holomorphic, the composite of holomorphic functions is holomorphic, the set of holomorphic functions on an open set forms a ring, a function which has one holomorphic derivative is smooth, etc.) We will discuss the Arzela-Ascoli theorem, the winding number, theorem of removable singularity, etc. We will then use the Cauchy Integral Formula to discuss Taylor series, analytic continuation, maximum modulus, the zeros of a holomorphic are isolated, and Laurent series. We will treat essential singularities just a bit and then pass to the residue calculus, poles, and discuss various techniques of computing integrals. We will discuss the complex log function and some techniques for evaluating infinite series using the residue calculus. We will then turn our attention to infinite products and construct functions with arbitrary zeros and poles. This comprises the standard material of any course on complex variables. We will then turn to various more specialized topics. Amongst those might be the following. The Gamma function plays an important role both in the study of partial differential equations (via the Mellin transform) and in analytic number theory. We will construct the gamma function, introduce the Riemann zeta function, and show there are an infinite number of primes congruent to 1,2 mod 3 and to 1,3 mod 4. The Riemannian mapping theorem states that any proper subset of C if simply connected is biholomorphic with the open unit disk and is crucial in the study of Riemann surfaces. We shall show the Schwarz lemma and establish the Riemann mapping theorem. The theory of elliptic functions involves meromorphic functions on the torus and leads to a determination of the ring of meromorphic functions on the torus. It provides a useful review of the material of the course. One could also investigate some results in several complex variables including domains of holomorphy. The precise choice of topics will depend on the interest of the class and the time permitting.

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