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MX4557: COMPLEX ANALYSIS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

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 Aberdeen 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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 during University weeks 25 - 29, 31 - 34, 38 - 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 29, 31 - 34, 38 - 39

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

3 x standard course assessments - 30%, 30% and 40%

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Resubmission of failed elements (pass marks carried forward)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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