# Thread: Holomorphic function in poloar coordinates?

1. ## Holomorphic function in poloar coordinates?

Okay, so if $f(z) = u(x,y) + iv(x,y)$, then in polar coordinates, since $z = \rho e^i\theta$, then...

$f(z) = f(\rho e^i\theta ) = u(\rho ,\theta ) + iv(\rho ,\theta )?$

2. Originally Posted by davismj

Okay, so if $f(z) = u(x,y) + iv(x,y)$, then in polar coordinates, since $z = \rho e^i\theta$, then...

$f(z) = f(\rho e^i\theta ) = u(\rho ,\theta ) + iv(\rho ,\theta )?$
After thinking about it, I realized that while the functions u and v would be dependent on $\rho$ and $\theta$, the real and imaginary parts would both be dependent on $\rho$ and $\theta$, and therefore it's probably more accurate to represent them thus:

$f(z) = f(e^i\theta ) = u(\rho cos \theta ,\rho sin \theta) + iv(\rho cos \theta ,\rho sin \theta)$

However, taking the limit of $[f(x+h,y) - f(x,y)]/h$ in the purely real or imaginary sense still isn't getting me anywhere, or is it?

3. Originally Posted by davismj
After thinking about it, I realized that while the functions u and v would be dependent on $\rho$ and $\theta$, the real and imaginary parts would both be dependent on $\rho$ and $\theta$, and therefore it's probably more accurate to represent them thus:

$f(z) = f(e^i\theta ) = u(\rho cos \theta ,\rho sin \theta) + iv(\rho cos \theta ,\rho sin \theta)$

However, taking the limit of $[f(x+h,y) - f(x,y)]/h$ in the purely real or imaginary sense still isn't getting me anywhere, or is it?
$\frac{\partial f}{\partial y} = \frac{\partial f}{\partial r} \frac{\partial r}{\partial y} =\frac{u_{r}}{\sin \theta} + i \frac{v_{r}}{\sin \theta}$

$i \frac{\partial f}{\partial x} = \frac{\partial f}{\partial \theta} \frac{\partial \theta}{\partial x} = - i \frac{u_{\theta}}{r \sin \theta} + \frac{v_{\theta}}{r \sin \theta}$

hence,

$r u_r = v_\theta$

$r v_r = -u_\theta$

4. Originally Posted by dedust
$\frac{\partial f}{\partial y} = \frac{\partial f}{\partial r} \frac{\partial r}{\partial y} =\frac{u_{r}}{\sin \theta} + i \frac{v_{r}}{\sin \theta}$

$i \frac{\partial f}{\partial x} = \frac{\partial f}{\partial \theta} \frac{\partial \theta}{\partial x} = - i \frac{u_{\theta}}{r \sin \theta} + \frac{v_{\theta}}{r \sin \theta}$

hence,

$r u_r = v_\theta$

$r v_r = -u_\theta$
Thanks so much!