MT A451 Introduction to Complex Variables


This section of the course (Fall 2003) meets MWF 12:00-12:50PM in Ritter Hall 134.

General Description

A solid foundation in complex variables is essential preparation for both pure and applied mathematicians. For those interested in graduate study in mathematics, this course will introduce you to a field that lies at the crossroads of many active areas of modern research. For engineering students there will be applications galore. Those with a classical bent will likely find the subject's 18th/19th century roots and rich history appealing.

Here is the course schedule which gives the specific topics to be covered and corresponding section numbers in the book.

The prerequisite for this course is MT A244 (Calculus III).

The image is a French stamp depicting Augustin Cauchy. See Jeff Miller's page for more mathematicians on postage stamps.

Textbook Information

The required text for the course is Visual Complex Analysis by Tristan Needham. He maintains a web page for the book as well. Students can buy the book from the SLU Bookstore.

Homework and Exams

There will be some homework problems every week, unless otherwise indicated. Here is the latest homework assignment. You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with your classmates, but each student should prepare his or her own set of solutions.

There will be an in-class midterm Friday October 10th, worth 30% of your final grade. A written project involving some independent inquiry (to be described in class) is also worth 30%. The final exam is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10th from 12:00-1:50PM; it is comprehensive and is worth 40% of your grade. No make-up exams will be given. The College of Arts and Sciences has a policy concerning academic honesty with which you should be familiar.