Mathematics 365: Complex Variables With Applications

The final exam is Monday, May 4, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in Sweeney 1120. Make-ups must be arranged in advance.

Spring 2015, 3 credits


Professor Stephen J. Willson
Office: Carver 411
Telephone: 294-7671
FAX: (515)-294-5454

Office hours:

TR at 10:00-10:50, W at 10:00- 10:50 and 1:10-2:00 in Carver 411. Please also feel free to make an appointment if the office hours are inconvenient for you.

Class meetings:

TR at 12:40 - 2:00 in Sweeney 1120.

The first class is Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and the last class is Thursday, April 30, 2015. There are no classes Spring Break (the week of March 16 - 20).


Math 265.

Catalog description:

Functions of a complex variable, including differentiation, integration and series expansions, residues, evaluation of integrals, conformal mapping. Nonmajor graduate credit.


Dennis Zill and Patrick Shanahan. Complex Analysis: A First Course with Applications, 3rd edition, Jones & Bartlett Learning ISBN 978-1-4496-9461-6.


Grades will be based on points accumulated. Points will be awarded for I anticipate a total of around 404 points. Grades may include a plus or a minus. Grade cutoffs will be announced for each exam.


There will be approximately ten graded homework sets, typically due on Thursday (except during the weeks of hour exams, and the first and last weeks of class). There will also be some ungraded suggested problems. Most exam questions will be similar to homework problems. Current homework assignments are available by clicking here.

Current course grades:

Current course grades and all recorded scores are available on Blackboard. If a score has been incorrectly recorded, you should contact the instructor.

Scheduled exams

Proposed order of topics:

Drop Deadline:

The last day to drop this course is Friday, March 27, 2015.

Sickness policy:

If you are sick the day of an exam, you should contact the instructor by phone on the day of the exam to arrange a timely make-up.


A graphing calculator is sometimes useful for this course. I recommend the TI-89, but the TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus, TI-85, TI-86, TI-92, and TI Voyage 200 are also acceptable. For help in using your calculator, see your manual or else use web calculator help.


Please address any special needs or special accommodations with me at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) form from the Disability Resources (DR) office (515-294-6624). DR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076.

Departmental policies

The Mathematics Department has standard policies on such matters as make-up exams, final exams, student behavior in class, harassment, discrimination, and religious accommodation. You should read these at Mathematics Department Class Policies .

Objectives for Math 365

The following are the kinds of techniques one should learn from Math 365:

Information about the instructor:

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Last updated January 13, 2015.