Complex analysis question

In summary, the problem of evaluating the integral \int_{\gamma} \sqrt {z} dz on the upper half of the unit circle is considered to be ambiguous because it does not specify which branch of the complex square root function to use. However, it is implied that one should choose a branch for which the integral makes sense. It is also noted that the integral must be defined in order to be evaluated. Additionally, it is mentioned that the independence of the integral on the chosen branch depends on the function having an analytic antiderivative in a region containing the path. The specific proof for this is not remembered by the speaker.
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Homework Statement


Evaluate [tex]\int_{\gamma} \sqrt {z} dz[/tex] where [tex]\gamma[/tex] is the upper half of the unit circle.

I contend that this problem does not make sense i.e it is ambiguous because they did not tell us specifically what branch of the complex square root function to use. Am I right?

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Well, the integral isn't defined if the function fails to be continuous on the path. So, while you could say, "It's too ambiguous," it's pretty clear that they mean, "Pick a branch for which this makes sense." Now, if the integral winds up depending on the branch you choose for which it makes sense, maybe you've got a problem. But I'm pretty sure it wouldn't.

Though don't quote me on that. I suck at this stuff for some reason.
 
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Anyone know how to prove that the integral is independent of the branch if the branch makes sense?
 
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Well, that has to do with the function having analytic antiderivative in a region containing the path. Can't remember the proof off the top of my head though.
 

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