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    Complex differentiable and holomorphic functions

    (a) At what points z \in \mathbb{C} are the functions f(z)=|z|^4 and g(z)=g(x+iy)=6xy^{2}+i(4x+2y^{3}) and h(z)=z \overline{z}^{2} differentiable? At what points are f and g and h holomorphic?

    Using Cauchy-Riemann equations (+ showing continuity of partial derivatives) I have found:

    f is differentiable only at z_{0}=0

    For g, solving for x and y in Cauchy-Riemann I end up with 6y^{2}=6y^{2} and xy=-\frac{1}{3} so z_{0} is in the form z_{0}=x-\frac{1}{3x}i. Now, \frac{\partial u}{\partial x}=\frac{\partial v}{\partial y}=\frac{2}{3x^{2}} are continuous \forall x \in \mathbb{R}\{ 0} and since x=\frac{-1}{3y} we must have x,y \in \mathbb{R} \{ 0}. So, g should be differentiable \forall z_{0} \in \mathbb{C}\{ 0} satisfying x=\frac{-1}{3y}.
    But I have read that polynomial with coefficients in \mathbb{C} are differentiable in \mathbb{C}. Hence, I'm not sure about my answer for g.


    h is differentiable only at z_{0}=0

    As to where the functions are holomorphic, I'm not quite sure I understand the concept very well. What I have found:

    f and h are nowhere holomorphic.

    if my answer for the first part is right, then g is holomorphic in (-\infty , 0) and (0, \infty). But now that I think of it it doesn't really make much sense.

    Can someone please check these answers for me?
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    Notice that g is not really a polynomial in \mathbb{C}. As for the other question, a function f is holomorphic at z if it's (complex) differentiable in an open ball around z.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose27 View Post
    Notice that g is not really a polynomial in \mathbb{C}.
    I'm not sure I see why g is not a polynomial in \mathbb{C}.

    As for the other question, a function f is holomorphic at z if it's (complex) differentiable in an open ball around z.
    I know the definition of holomorphic but I'm not sure if I understand how to apply it.

    Do my answers to both questions seem right to you? What about the differentiability of g?
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    Notice that if then is not a lower bound for .
    So .
    In this way construct a decreasing sequence of distinct terms from converging to .

    Consider this set of nonnegative numbers: .

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