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MX4557: COMPLEX ANALYSIS (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course asks what happens when concepts such as convergence of sequences and series, continuity and differentiability, are applied in the complex plane? The results are much more beautiful, and often, surprisingly, simpler, than over the real numbers. This course also covers contour integration of complex functions, which has important applications in Physics and Engineering.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Zur Izhakian

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Course Description

  • Revision of complex numbers, roots of unity, polynomials.
  • Elementary functions, differentiation, Cauchy-Riemann equations.
  • Path integrals, Cauchy's Theorem and Cauchy's Integral Formulae.
  • Liouville's Theorem and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra.
  • Taylor Series, Laurent Series, Cauchy's Residue Theorem and applications to real integrals.


  • Complex numbers and complex plane.
  • Complex sequences and complex series.
  • Complex functions.
  • Sets, limits, and continuous functions.
  • Derivatives
  • Power series.
  • Integration
  • Cauchy’s theorem.
  • Taylor series.
  • Laurent series.
  • Residues.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (80%); in-course assessment (20%).

Resit: 1 two-hour examination (maximum of 100% resit and 80% resit with 20% in-course assessment).


Formative Assessment

Informal assessment of weekly homework through discussions in tutorials.


In-course assignments will normally be marked within one week and feedback provided to students in tutorials. Students will be invited to contact Course Coordinators for feedback on the final examination.

Course Learning Outcomes


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