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Homework Help: Advice: How do I master complex analysis in 5 weeks? ?

  1. May 19, 2007 #1
    Advice: How do I master complex analysis in 5 weeks? !?!?!

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Need to be throughly proficient with th first 7 chapters of saff and snider : fundamentals of complex analysis with engineering applications.

    2. Relevant equations

    egads! theres too many!

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Have worked my way through the problems at the end of the chapters till chapter 5.5 - though i have skipped many questions here and there.

    I've yet to touch my schaums outlines yet - however they have a different approach to questions compared to Saff and snider.

    Any help would be highly appreciated
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  3. May 19, 2007 #2


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    Normally, one doesn't - unless one absorbs the information and understands the theory exceptionally well. One might obtain a general understanding, but I imagine it takes several months or a year or two to begin to 'master' complex analysis.

    There are plenty of resources on the internet -

    Introduction to Complex Analysis (16 chapters - pdfs) - perhaps one could do 2 chapters/week - and understand the basics in 8 weeks.

    Ultimately one must understand Cauchy Integral Theorem, Residue Theory and Conformal mapping.


    http://mathews.ecs.fullerton.edu/c2000/ [Broken]

    There are many more.

    Good luck!
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  4. May 19, 2007 #3


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    Work like mad, 60h/week, just doing complex analysis, and you might get a good grade, but you will soon forget the most of the concepts. Learning slow is the best =)
  5. May 19, 2007 #4
    thanks - i appreciate the help- i tried learning slow and progressively but theres so many questions that I'm utterly clueless on. I've yet to miss a lecture and have kept up with tutorials - yet looking at some of these past papers and half the questions in the book - i'm stumped.

    Just freaking out since the finals are so nearby.

    Edit: thanks astronuc - hopefully that links to laurent series and residues will come in handy
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  6. May 19, 2007 #5


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    well it is also a matter of talent. and how much pre knowledge you have.If you really want to master the subejct, wait for the second exam.
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