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Math 120A -- Elements of Complex Analysis (Winter 2018) Course Information


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Finals Week Office Hours:  Tuesday 10AM to 12 Noon.
Final Exam:
Wednesday March 21 at 8:00am -11:00am in Peterson Hall, Room 102. The final is cumulative.
Please bring a Blue Book and your student ID to the test.  Here is a Study Guide for the course: 120A_W2018_Summary_Sheet.pdf

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Instructor: Bruce Driver, Office:  AP&M 5260,  Phone:  534-2648. Office Hours:  W: 10-11AM and F:10AM -- Noon.

Lecture times:  MWF 9:00am - 9:50am in Peterson Hall, Room 102. 

Discussion Times: A01: Friday 5:00pm - 5:50pm Room: APM B412
  A02: Friday 6:00pm - 6:50pm Room: APM B412

Text: Brown and Churchill, "Complex Variables and Applications," 9th edition.

TA:   Geoff Ganzberger, Office AP&M 6452  Email:  gganzber at ucsd dot edu 
Office Hours:  W: and F: 3-5pm; at Muir Woods cafe (underneath Pines dining hall)

Test times:   Test #1: Wednesday January 31, at 9:00am in Class
Test #2: Wednesday February 28, at 9:00am in Class.
  Final Exam: Wednesday March 21 at 8:00am -11:00am in Peterson Hall, Room 102.

Homework: Homeworks will be given weekly and are due in the homework drop box by 9:00PM on the Friday due date. Click here to see the assignments. The drop box is located in the basement of APM.

Prerequisites: Math 20E or Math 31CH with a C- or better grade.

Course Goal: The aim is to give an introduction to complex variable techniques by covering Chapters 1-6 and parts of 7 of the book.

Catalog Description:  Complex numbers and functions. Analytic functions, harmonic functions, elementary conformal mappings. Complex integration. Power series. Cauchy's theorem. Cauchy's formula. Residue theorem.

Textbook: Brown and Churchill, "Complex Variables and Applications," 9th edition.

Subject Material:  We will cover chapters 1 - 6 and parts of 7 of the text.  For a more detailed list of chapter sections, see the homework page.

Lecture:  Attending the lecture is a fundamental part of the course; you are responsible for material presented in the lecture whether or not it is discussed in the textbook.  You should expect questions on the exams that will test your understanding of concepts discussed in the lecture.

Reading:  Reading the sections of the textbook corresponding to the assigned homework exercises is considered part of the homework assignment; you are responsible for material in the assigned reading whether or not it is discussed in the lecture.  You should expect questions on the exams that will test your understanding of concepts addressed in the reading and assigned homework exercises.

Homework:  See the homework page for guidelines, assignments and due dates. Your homework grade will be based on your best eight (8) of nine (9) graded homework assignments. You should make every effort to complete each assigned homework problem. You may seek help during office hours and/or section with any exercises you have difficulty solving. Students are also encouraged to discuss homework with fellow classmates. However, each student is expected to write up his/her own solutions independently.

Late Homework:  Late homework is not accepted.

Electronic Computing Devices:  Graphing calculators and computer programs (or online computing websites such as Wolfram|Alpha) can be very helpful when working through your homework.  However, a calculator/computer should be used as an aid in the learning concepts, not just as a means of computation.  You should use these devices when working on math problems at home, but always keep in mind that you will not be allowed access to any electronic computing devices during exams.  Of course, this also means that you will not be asked to solve problems on exams that require the aid of an electronic computing device.

bullet The use of electronic devices will not be permitted during exams.

You must take the midterm on the scheduled dates and at the scheduled time. You cannot take any exam early or late.

bullet You must bring photo ID with you to all the exams.
bullet You will not be allowed to use a calculator during the midterm exams.
bullet If you violate the instructions of a midterm or communicate in any way with any other student during a midterm, you will receive a zero on that exam, and the zero will not be dropped when calculating your cumulative course average.

The Final Exam is cumulative. You cannot take the final exam early or late. It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not have a schedule conflict involving the final exam. You should not enroll in this class if you cannot sit for the final exam at its scheduled time.

bullet You must bring photo ID with you to all exams.
bullet You will not be allowed to use a calculator on the final exam.
bullet If you violate the instructions of the final exam or communicate in any way with any other student during the final exam, you will receive a zero on the final exam.

Regrades:  The midterm exam and graded homework assignments will be returned in the discussion sections.  If you find a grading or point totaling error on an exam or a homework assignment, you must return it immediately to your TA.  Regrade requests will not be considered once the exam or assignment leaves the room.  If you do not retrieve your graded exam or assignment during discussion section, you must arrange to pick it up from your TA within one week after it was returned in order for any regrade request to be considered.

Grade Recording Errors:  Keep all of your returned homework and exams and check TED to make sure that the grades on your papers are the same as the grades recorded on TED.  If there is any mistake in the recording of your scores, you must bring us the original assignment/lab/exam in order for us to make a change.

Grades: Your cumulative average will be the best of the following two weighted averages:

bullet midterm1 (25%) + midterm2 (25%) + final (35%) + homework (15%)
bulletbest midterm (25%) + final (60%) + homework (15%)

After your weighted average is calculated, letter grades will be assigned based on the standard grading scale:



















We may adjust the above scale to be more lenient (depending on the overall class performance), but we guarantee that we will not adjust the scale to make it harder to get a better grade.  Please note:

bullet You must pass the final examination in order to pass the course.
bullet Since there are no makeup exams, if you miss a midterm exam, then your course grade will be computed with the final exam counting 60% of your weighted average.

Piazza:  Piazza is an online discussion forum that allows you to ask questions using mathematical symbols and expressions.  Piazza was designed to enable you to get help quickly and efficiently from classmates, TAs, and instructors.  Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, you are encouraged to post your questions on Piazza.  Find our class page at:  If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email:

Suggestions:  Below are some suggestions that I hope will help you to succeed in this course:

bullet The best study strategy for this class is to go over all material covered in lectures and all HW problems and then if there's time, do additional problems from the textbook. For the final you should also study all the problems done in the midterm.
bullet Spend sufficient time on the course.  According to the policy of UCSD's Academic Senate, "The value of a course in units...shall be reckoned at the rate of one unit for three hours' work per week per quarter on the part of the student."  Since Math 120A is worth 4 credits, you should be willing to spend about 24 hours per week on the course.
bullet Keep up with the homework and do not miss a midterm.  Missing a midterm puts a lot more pressure on your final exam performance  .
bullet Get started on the homework assignments early.  This will enable you to make the most of your discussion section time by coming prepared with specific questions.
Academic Dishonesty:  Academic dishonesty is considered a serious offense at UCSD.  Students caught cheating will face an administrative sanction which may include suspension or expulsion from the university.  It is in your best interest to maintain your academic integrity. (Click here for more information.)


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