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Homework #5

Due Tuesday 10/24/2006

1. Find Laurent series for the following functions in the regions indicated:
z
(a) f (z) = for 0 < |z − 1| < 2,
(z − 1)(z − 3)
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(b) f (z) = 2 for (i) 0 < |z| < 4 and (ii) |z| > 4.
z (z − 4)

2. (a) The function


e2z
f (z) =
(z + 1)3
has a singularity at z = −1. By putting w = z + 1, find the Laurent series of this
function, expanded about z = −1. Hence show that z = −1 is a pole.

(b) Do the same for the singularity of the function


1
f (z) = (z − 3) sin
z−2
at z = 2 and show that z = 2 is an essential singularity.

3. Determine and classify the singularities of each of the following functions:

z3 + 1 cos z 1 z
(a) , (b) , (c) , (d) .
z 2 (z + 1) z2 + 1 ez −1 cos z

4. We are often interested in the behavior of a function “at infinity”. By the behavior of
f (z) at infinity we mean the behavior of g(z) = f (1/z) at z = 0. Show that

(a) f (z) = z 2 has a pole at infinity,


(b) f (z) = e2z has an essential singularity at infinity,
(c) f (z) = 1/(z 2 − 1) has a removable singularity at infinity.

5. Let √
w(z) = z 2 − 1.

(a) Show that the function has branch points at z = 1 and z = −1.
(b) Show that the function is single-valued if one takes |Re z| ≥ 1 and Im z = 0 as
branch cuts.