MAT389 Complex Analysis


What is Complex Analysis?

Complex Analysis is the study of complex-valued functions of a complex variable. As in an introductory calculus course, the first order of business is, of course, defining and exploring the appropriate number system — real numbers then, complex numbers now. After doing that we will define what these functions are, give the most important examples of them, and elucidate what it means to differentiate and integrate them.

About the course (and this website)

This website contains (hopefully) all of the information you need about the course — except for the content itself, for which you will need to come to class. Please explore all sections. If you have any questions, contact me or your TA.

Important dates

As discussed in the Other rules section, announcements will be sent through Portal. The important dates, however, are the homework due dates — specified in the Homework section of this webpage — and the exam dates, which are as follows:


Course instructor

Alberto García-Raboso
BA 6172
Office hours:
By appointment only.
Wed 11am-noon — WB 119
Thu 4-6pm — BA 1240

Teaching Assistant for Section 1

Evan Miller
BA 6191
Office hours:
Thu 12:30-1:30pm — BA 6283
Tutorial session:
Thu 11-12am — WB 144

Teaching Assistant for Section 2

Nikita Nikolaev
BA 6191
Office hours:
Tue 7-8pm — WB 144
Tutorial session:
Tue 6-7pm — WB 144


There is no official textbook for the course: most introductory texts cover essentially the same topics, and you are welcome to consult any one of them. Here is a selection.

I will mainly follow the first reference, but not to the letter — I may jump around, cover things that are not there, skip some parts, etc.


  1. Complex Numbers
    • [CB5] 1
    • [CB8] 1
    • [BMPS] 1
    • [P] 1, 2, 3
  2. Analytic Functions
    • [CB5] 2, 8
    • [CB8] 2, 9
    • [BMPS] 2, 6
    • [P] 5, 8, 9, 16, 23
  3. Elementary Functions
    • [CB5] 3, 7
    • [CB8] 3, 8
    • [BMPS] 3
    • [P] 7
  4. Integrals
    • [CB5] 4
    • [CB8] 4
    • [BMPS] 4, 5
    • [P] 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20
  5. Series
    • [CB5] 5
    • [CB8] 5
    • [BMPS] 7, 8
    • [P] 6, 14
  6. Residues and Poles
    • [CB5] 6
    • [CB8] 6, 7
    • [BMPS] 9
    • [P] 17, 18


General scheme

Your final mark in the course will be calculated as follows:


Weekly problem sets will be posted on the Homework section of this webpage. From those, you will have to turn in a selection of problems through the online platform Crowdmark. For each assignment you will receive an email with a personalized URL where you can make your submission.

These assignments will be due Fridays at 5pm. Absolutely no late homework will be accepted. In order to accomodate eventualities, your lowest two scores will not be counted towards your 15% of the final mark in the course.

You can work with your classmates in solving the problems, but the write-up should be exclusively yours: do not blatanly copy your classmates’ work. Students caught with identical submissions will be given a mark of zero and referred to the appropriate Tribunal.

Of course, a minimum standard of cleanliness and readability is expected of your work (think of your TA!): illegible submissions will mercilessly be given a mark of zero.

The rest of the problems in the sets do not count towards your mark in the course. However, I strongly encourage you to work on as many of them as possible. Remember: mathematics is not a spectator sport!

Solutions will be posted on this webpage a few days after the submission deadline for each assignment.


There will be a weekly quiz — to be held at the end of each tutorial session — based on the material covered in the homework set due the previous week. It will consist of one problem, for which you will be given ten minutes.

Once again, your two lowest marks will not be counted towards your final mark in the course.

The same standards of cleanliness, readability and academic honesty apply to quizzes.


Under normal circumstances, the 70% corresponding to exams will be broken down as follows:

Should you miss one midterm due to illness (and provide me with appropriate documentation), the above weights will be modified to:

Missing both midterms (again, with supporting documentation) will shift your whole exam mark to your performance on the final exam:

And if you cheat in any exam, there is a special kind of hell reserved for you…

Other rules



Date Topics covered
Sep 8 Chapter 1
• Definition of complex numbers
• Addition and multiplication
• Polar form: modulus and argument
• Euler's formula
• Complex conjugation
• The triangle inequality
Sep 14 • Powers, roots and roots of unity
• Functions as transformations
• Translations, dilations and rotations
Sep 15 • Affine linear transformations
• Inversion
• The extended complex plane
• Stereographic projection and the Riemann sphere
Sep 21 • Möbius transformations
Sep 22 • More Möbius transformations
• Topology of the complex plane
Chapter 2
• Functions and their domains
• Examples of functions
Sep 28 • Limits
• Continuity
• Limits involving the point at infinity
Sep 29 • Definition of complex derivative
• Differentiation rules
• The Cauchy-Riemann equations
• Sufficient conditions for differentiability
• Definition of holomorphic functions
Oct 5 • Definition of harmonic functions
• Harmonic functions from holomorphic functions
• Harmonic conjugates
Oct 6 NO CLASS: Midterm 1
Oct 12 • Existence of harmonic conjugates
Oct 13 • Conformality
• Critical points of holomorphic functions
• The inverse function theorem
Chapter 3
• The exponential function
Oct 19 • Trigonometric and hyperbolic functions
Oct 20 • Logarithms
• Combining branch cuts
Oct 26 • Complex exponents
Oct 27 • Exponentials with other bases
• Inverse trigonometric functions
Chapter 4
• Reminder on the Riemann integral
• Integrals of complex-valued functions on the real line
• Complex integrals: definition and basic properties
Nov 2 • The Cauchy and Cauchy-Goursat theorems
Nov 3 • Isolated singularities and winding numbers
• Cauchy integral formulas
• Holomorphic functions are infinitely differentiable
• Cauchy's inequality
• Liouville's theorem
• The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
Nov 9 • The maximum modulus principle
Nov 10 NO CLASS: Midterm 2
Nov 16 • Morera's theorem
Chapter 5
• Sequences and series of complex numbers
• Taylor's theorem: statement, proof and examples
Nov 17 • Power series: convergence, continuity and holomorphicity
• Integrating and differentiating power series
• The principle of isolated zeroes
• The analytic continuation principle
• Towards Laurent series
Nov 23 • Laurent's theorem: statement, proof and examples
Chapter 6
• Isolated singularities
• Definition of residues
Nov 24 • The residue theorem
• Computing residues at poles
• Definite integrals involving trigonometric functions
Nov 30 • Improper integrals
Dec 1 • More improper integrals
Dec 7 • More improper integrals
Dec 8 Coming up…
• Inverse Laplace transforms