# Complex variable - Maximum Modulus Principle

1. Oct 19, 2009

### hsong9

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

Let a function f be continuous on a closed bounded region R, and let it be analytic and not constant throughout the interior of R. Assuming that f(z) != 0 anywhere in R, prove that |f(z)| has a minimum value m in R which occurs on the boundary of R and never in the interior. Do this by applying the corresponding result for maximum values to the function g(z) = 1/f(z).

2. Relevant equations
Corollary. Suppose that a function f is continuous on a closed bounded region R and that it is analytic and not constant in the interior of R. Then the maximum value of |f(z)| in R, which is always reached, occurs smoewhere on the boundary of R and never in the interior.

3. The attempt at a solution
Suppose that g = 1/f is continuous on a closed bounded region R and that it is analytic and not constant in the interior of R. By Corollary, |g(z)| has a maximum value, and
when |g(z)| has the maximum value, |1/g(z)|=|f(z)| has the minimum value. Complete.

Is it right approach?

2. Oct 19, 2009

### Dick

Basically. But you are skimming over an issue. You can't assume g=1/f is analytic. You are only given that f is analytic. You have to prove g is analytic. What might this have to do with the assumption that f(z)!=0 in R?

3. Oct 19, 2009

### hsong9

Thanks,
I think
since f(z) is not equal to zero, 1/f(z) is entire functino and also anlytic.
Thus I can assume g is analytic...

4. Oct 19, 2009

### Dick

f(z) is only assumed to be nonzero in R. That doesn't make it 'entire', but yes, that's the missing ingredient. g is analytic in R.

5. Oct 19, 2009

### hsong9

Thanks!
So..
Since f(z) is nonzero in R, g = 1/f is analytic in R.
Is it enough for proving g is analytic?

6. Oct 19, 2009

### Dick

You've probably already proved that, haven't you? If a(z)=b(z)/c(z) and c(z0) is not zero, then a(z) is analytic at z=z0. Right?