- Semester: 2019 Spring
- Title: Complex Variables
- MA 437-501
- Class Time:
- TR 6:00-7:15pm
- MSPB 360
- Office Hours
- W 1:30-3:00pm
- MSPB 314
- Also M 1:30-3:00pm when available; email to confirm.
This course will focus on six main modules as covered in our text:
- Algebra of complex numbers
- Analytic functions
- Examples of complex functions
- Residues and Poles
Grades in this course are determined based upon satisfactory completion of four grade specifications:
Letter grades are assigned at the end of the semester as follows:
- A: All specifications satisfied
- B: 3/4 specifications satisfied
- C: 2/4 specifications satisfied
- D: 1/4 specifications satisfied
- F: No specifications satisfied
Textbook and Resources
We will use the free textbook A First Course in Undergraduate Complex Analysis. This inquiry-based learning textbook outlines the major ideas for the course, and we will spend the majority of our class time presenting solutions and proofs to fill in its gaps.
Each student is expected to prepare and give approximately one presentation per week during class. The instructor will assign the topic, but students are welcome to request changes in assignment as needed. To get credit for presenting, the student must prepare written notes to accompany the presentation. Presentations will be accepted as long as a good-faith effort was made in their preparation.
Satisfying the Presentation Specification
Students who miss at most one assigned presentation will have satisifed this specifciation.
Students who miss two or more presentations will be assigned a take-home project due by the date of the final exam, the scope of which will be based upon the number of missed presentations; completion of this project will satisfy this specification as well.
The other three specifications are achieved based upon success on assessments given periodically during the course:
- Thurs Feb 14
- Thurs Mar 14
- Thurs Apr 11
- Tues Apr 30, 6pm-8pm (Final Exam)
Assessments are cumulative; however, only sections that have not already been Mastered need be attempted (see below). If an assessment is missed due to an excusable absence, additional time on future assessments may be requested.
Each assessment will include a multiple-choice Computation section for each module covered by that point of the course.
Satisfying the Computation Specification
Students who correctly answer at least 70% of the questions in the Computation section for a module will have Mastered that module’s Computations.
Students who Master the Computations for at least 5 modules will have satisfied this specification.
Each assessment will include a true/false Knowledge section for each module covered by that point of the course.
Satisfying the Knowledge Specification
Students who correctly answer at least 70% of the questions in the Knowledge section for a module will have Mastered that module’s Knowledge.
Students who Master the Knowledge for at least 5 modules will have satisfied this specification.
Each assessment will include a Proof section for each module covered by that point of the course. Each section will include one or more exercises that may be attempted, but only one Proof solution per module may be submitted. In addition, at most two Proof solutions total may be submitted per assessment (with the exception of the Final Exam).
Satisfying the Proofs Specification
Proofs will be marked as Mastered, Revisable, Has Issues, or Negligible Progress. Revisable proofs may be revised and resubmitted in a timely fashion to improve to Mastered. At the end of the semester, one Has Issues proof may be revised and resubmitted to improve to Mastered.
Students who have submitted a Mastered Proof for at least 5 modules will have satisfied this specification.
Academic Honesty is defined in USA’s Student Academic Conduct Policy. Any student who is caught cheating will immediately forfeit any credit earned for the Computation, Knowledge, and Proof specifications. This credit may be reearned on subsequent assessments, which will be given in the instructor’s office by appointment. In addition, the incident will be reported to the university.
A second instance of academic dishonesty will immediately result in an F for the course.
USAOnline and USA Course Policies
The official syllabus for this course is available on USAOnline. Grade data will be provided to students via periodic printed progress reports.
USA’s Course Policies apply to this course.