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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences


Dr Greg Markowsky



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


Complex numbers and functions; domains and curves in the complex plane; differentiation; integration; Cauchy's integral theorem and its consequences; Taylor and Laurent series; Laplace and Fourier transforms; complex inversion formula; branch points and branch cuts; applications to initial value problems.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic properties of complex numbers and functions, including differentiability;

  1. Evaluate line integrals in the complex plane;

  1. Understand Cauchy's integral theorem and its consequences;

  1. Determine and work with Laurent and Taylor series;

  1. Understand the method of Laplace transforms and evaluate the inverse transform;

  1. Appreciate the importance of complex analysis for other mathematical units, as well as for physics and engineering, through seeing applications of the theory;

  1. Use a computer algebra package to assist in the application of complex analysis.


Final examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments and tests: 30%

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour support class per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


MTH2010 or MTH2015, or equivalent