Christian Rosendal

Complex analysis with applications, MA 417, CRN 16477 & 19324, Spring 2015

Instructor: Christian Rosendal, room 416 SEO

Course webpage:

Required text: Joseph Bak and Donald J. Newman; Complex Analysis, 3rd Ed.; Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics, Springer 2010. ISBN: 78-1-4419-7287-3 (Print) 978-1-4419-7287-3 (Online). This book is available for free for UIC students through Springer Link Ebooks via the UIC Library. (Scroll down and click on "SpringerLink" to login with your NetID.) If you prefer to have a paper version, this can be bought through the Springer website for around $25.00.

Course syllabus: We shall cover chapters 1-11 and possibly a bit more.

Course hours and location: Monday - Wednesday - Friday, 10:00 - 10:50 AM in Addams Hall 307.

Office hours: Monday 3:00-5:00 in my office SEO 416.

Reading: I will assign chapters from the book that I will try to cover every week. A good strategy is to read every section before it is covered it class, take notes and gain additional understanding during class, and the reread the section and do the assigned homework exercises at the end of the week. The material covered in exercises constitute an integral part of the exam syllabus and will greatly help you assimilate the theoretical material.

Homework: There will be a number of homework sets due in the course of the semester. These should be handed in to me at the beginning of class on the due date. No late homework will be accepted, so any homework handed in after the deadline will be credited for 0 points. When calculating the homework grade, the lowest score will be dropped. So, e.g., if you have missed one homework set, then this will be counted as your lowest score.

Midterms: There will be two midterms each taking place during regular class hours. These will take place on:
The midterms and final exam will consist of exercises resembling the homework exercises. So doing exercises equals good exam preparation.

To be excused from a midterm you will need to provide a valid excuse and a letter from the doctor to this effect. You will not have the chance to make up an exam, so if you are excused from a midterm your midterm grade will be the score on your other midterm. It is your responsibility to be in time for an exam, not your alarm clock's.

Final exam: Friday, May 8th, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Grade: Your grade will be a weighted average of your homework, midterm, and final grades calculated as follows:

Weekly programme:
  • Week beginning on January 12th: Read chapter 1
  • Week beginning on January 19th: Read chapter 2
  • Week beginning on January 26th: Read chapter 3
  • Week beginning on February 2nd: Read chapter 4
  • Week beginning on February 9th: Read chapter 5
  • Week beginning on February 16th: Review chapters 1-5. 1st midterm
  • Week beginning on February 23rd: Read chapter 6
  • Week beginning on March 2nd: Read chapter 7
  • Week beginning on March 9th: Read chapter 8
  • Week beginning on March 16th: Read chapter 9
  • Week beginning on March 23th: Spring break.
  • Week beginning on March 30th: Review chapters 6-9. 2nd midterm
  • Week beginning on April 6th: Read chapter 10
  • Week beginning on April 13th: Read chapter 11
  • Week beginning on April 20st: Catch up
  • Week beginning on April 27th: Review
Homework exercises:
  • Due 01/23: 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.12, 1.15 abc
  • Due 01/30: 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10
  • Due 02/06: 2.13, 2.14ab, 3.2, 3.5, 3.10, 3.11
  • Due 02/13: 3.14, 3.17, 3.22, 4.2, 4.3, 4.8
  • No homework due on 02/20. We have the first midterm.
  • Due 02/27: 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.6, 5.10
  • Due 03/06: 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 6.9, 6.10
  • Due 03/13: 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5
  • Due 03/20: 7.9, 8.1, 8.3, 8.8
  • No homework due on 04/03. We have the second midterm.
  • Due 04/10: 9.1, 9.6, 9.9, 9.11
  • Due 04/17: No HW
  • Due 04/24: 10.1 adef, 10.2 bc, 10.3, 10.9 abc
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