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Homework Help: Complex analysis

  1. May 24, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Suppose f is entire and there exist constants a and b such that ##|f(z)| \le a|z|+b## for all ##z \in C##. Prove that f is a polynomial of degree at most 1.

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    We have that for any ##z \neq 0##, ##\frac{|f(z)|}{a|z|} \le b##. So if we take the limit as ##z \to \infty## it is obvious that if f is polynomial, it can't have a degree greater than 1. However I am not sure why it must be polynomial.
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  3. May 24, 2017 #2


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    I'm not sure what you are supposed to be able to use in your proof. One fact about entire functions is the Cauchy estimate formula, which says:
    • Take a circle in the complex plane of radius [itex]R[/itex] centered on [itex]z=0[/itex].
    • Let [itex]M_R[/itex] be the largest value of [itex]|f(z)|[/itex] on the circle.
    • Then [itex]|f^{(n)}(0)| \leq \frac{n! M_R}{R^n}[/itex] (where [itex]f^{(n)}[/itex] means the [itex]n^{th}[/itex] derivative).
    See if you can use this to prove [itex]f^{(n)} = 0[/itex] for [itex]n > 1[/itex].
  4. May 24, 2017 #3


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    This doesn't follow from ##|f(z) | \le a|z| + b##
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