Math 660 -- Complex Analysis I

Instructor: Harry Tamvakis

Lectures: TuTh 2:00-3:15, MTH 0305

Office: 4419 Mathematics Building
Office hours: By appointment
Telephone: (301)-405-5120

Course guide:

Text: Raghavan Narasimhan and Yves Nievergelt, Complex Analysis in One Variable, Birkhauser 2001.

This is a graduate course in complex analysis. I will assume that people taking this course have seen some complex analysis before, at the undergraduate level. The goal of the course is to show how complex analysis interacts naturally with other branches of mathematics, such as topology and functional analysis. We will cover the following topics: (i) the classical theory of complex functions of a single variable, (ii) covering spaces, the monodromy theorem and applications, (iii) Runge's theorem and the Mittag-Leffler and Weierstrass theorems, (iv) the Riemann mapping theorem. If time permits, we will discuss additional topics: harmonic functions and the Dirichlet problem, Riemann surfaces and the uniformization theorem.

The best and only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics! Your weekly homework assignments are therefore the most important part of this course. Homework will be assigned on Thursday and is due in class on the Thursday of the following week. I urge you to hand in all of your assignments on time - however my policy is to allow up to TWO late homework assignments per student, which should be turned in at most two weeks after their due date. Any further late assignments will not be graded. You may discuss the problems with others and work in groups if you wish, but whatever you turn in should be written up on your own. The extra credit problems are optional - they can improve your grade, but you do not need to solve them to do well in the course. People looking for a challenge are encouraged to attempt them! Our homework grader is Jing Zhou, and her email is She has office hours on Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am, in 4310 Kirwan Hall. Please contact her with any questions you may have about the homework grading and solutions to the problems.

We will have two exams during the course, a midterm and a final exam. The midterm will be held in class from 2:00 - 3:15 on Tuesday, March 24. The final exam has been scheduled for Monday, May 18, 10:30 - 12:30. Make-up exams will only be given for compelling and documented reasons.

Grading Policy:
The course grade will be determined by adding your midterm score (25%) to your final exam score (40%) and your homework total (35%). Participating in class and working on extra credit problems is encouraged and will help to improve your grade.

University of Maryland course related policies. Includes a discussion of academic integrity, the honor pledge, and accomodations for students with disabilities.

Office Hours:
Feel free to come by my office and talk at any time, either by chance or by appointment.


Assignment 1 (Due 2/6/20): ps, pdf, tex

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Assignment 3 (Due 2/20/20): ps, pdf, tex

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