MATH 4036: Complex Variables

MATH 4036   Complex Variables   Fall 2011

  Section 1   Instructor: Dan Cohen   Phone: 578-1576
  T Th   12:00 - 1:30 pm     Office Hours:   T Th   9:00 am - 10:30 noon  
           and by appointment
  E-mail:
  113 Lockett   Office: 372 Lockett   URL: www.math.lsu.edu/~cohen  

Text:  Brown and Churchill, Complex Variables and Applications (8th edition). We will probably cover (portions of) the first seven chapters.

Prerequisites:  MATH 2057 (multivariable calculus).

Catalog Description :  Analytic functions, integration, power series, residues, and conformal mapping.

Exams:  There will be two, 80 minute in-class exams. The exams will tentatively take place in the weeks of September 19 and October 31. Exact exam dates will be announced in class. No make-up exams, except in extreme cases. If you must miss an exam, I will expect you to notify me before the exam takes place.

Homework: I will assign homework problems from the text essentially every class. Assignments will be announced in class, and posted here.
Selected homework problems will be collected (probably weekly) and graded.

Collected homework will include proofs, indicative of the proofs you may be responsible for on the exams and final. It is important that you work consistently, conscientiously, etc. on (all of) the homework, and that you turn in all assignments, in order to get feedback on your proof-writing, any conceptual errors you might have, etc.

I will occasionally field homework-related questions in class, and am willing to answer such questions by email (I will reply to the entire class when appropriate).

Final:  There will be a comprehensive final exam. The final exam is scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 12:30 - 2:30 pm.

Grade:   Your course grade will be based on the final, the in-class exams, and homework. The final is worth 150 points, each exam is worth 100 points, and the homework is also worth 100 points. I may curve course grades. In any case, 90-100% is assured an A, 80-89% a B, and so on.

Important Dates:   August 29 is the last day to drop; August 31 is the last day to add; November 4 is the last day to withdraw;
Fall Holiday is October 13-14; Thanksgiving is November 23-25.

Notes:   Calculators, computers, books, notes, etc. may not be used on the in-class exams or the final exam.

Bear in mind that you are taking this course under the guidelines of the Code of Student Conduct.


Dan Cohen   Fall 2011