Mathematics (MATH) 366

Complex Variables I (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: MATH 365 or an equivalent course from another institution.

Centre: Centre for Science

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MATH 366 is an introductory complex variable course covering complex numbers, complex variables function, continuity, limits, derivatives, transcendental functions, integration on the complex plane, infinite series with complex variables, and the residue theorem with some of its applications.


MATH 366 consists of the six units listed below:

  • Unit 1: Complex Numbers
  • Unit 2: The Complex Function and Its Derivative
  • Unit 3: The Basic Transcendental Functions
  • Unit 4: Integration in the Complex Plane
  • Unit 5: Infinite Series Involving a Complex Variable
  • Unit 6: Residues and Their Use in Integration

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to

  • demonstrate understanding of the concept of complex numbers and the complex or Argand plane, and carry out basic mathematical operations with complex numbers expressed in either plane notation or polar notation.
  • determine if a complex function is continuous, differentiable, analytic and harmonic, and find its derivative.
  • work with basic complex transcendental functions such as the exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric and hyperbolic function.
  • evaluate contour integrals of complex functions to solve practical problems by applying the fundamental theorem of calculus for analytic functions, Cauchy’s integral formula, and the theory of complex integration.
  • determine the power series of elementary analytic functions and their convergence.
  • demonstrate understanding of the concept of residue and apply this concept to evaluate certain real integrals.


To receive credit for MATH 366, you must submit all of the course assignments and complete them to the satisfaction of your tutor. You must also achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on each examination, and a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment Weight
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 10%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Wunsch, A. David Wunsch. Complex Variables with Applications. 3d ed. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc. 2005.

Other materials

The course materials also include an online study guide and an online course orientation.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the MATH 366 challenge registration, you must complete the two parts of the challenge exam and achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on both parts.

Activity Weighting
Part 1: Exam 50%
Part 2: Exam 50%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form


Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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Opened in Revision 2, June 14, 2018.

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