Complex Analysis : Syllabus

Math 113 - MWF 12 pm - 309 Science Center
Harvard University - Fall 1997

Prof. Curtis T McMullen (

Ahlfors, Complex Analysis. McGraw-Hill, 3rd Edition.
Nehari, Conformal Mapping. Dover.

Course Assistants
Sanjay Menon (
Clay Scott (
Florin Spinu (

Major Topics. The course will cover Ahlfors, Chapters I-V, including the following topics:
  • Complex analytic functions
  • Complex integration
  • Cauchy's theorem, residue calculus
  • Series and product developements
Additional topics will be included as time permits.

Prerequisites. Math 22a,b, 25a,b or 101. Students with an A in Math 21a,b and a good understanding of reading and writing proofs can consider taking this course but must obtain permission of the instructor.

Homework. Weekly assignments will be given on Wednesday and due in class the following Wednesday. Late homework will not be accepted, but the two lowest homework grades will be dropped. Collaboration between students is encouraged, but you must write your own solutions, understand them and give credit to your collaborators.

Midterm. There will be one in-class midterm: Wednesday, 15 October 97.

Quizzes. There will also be occassional short quizzes in class.

Final. Subject to approval by the Registrar, there will be a take-home final due at the end of reading period.

Grades. The course grade will based on homework and quizzes (30%), the midterm (20%) and the final (50%).

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