1. Cauchy's Integral Formula

Hey guys, I was just wondering how I would apply Cauchy's Integral Formula to something like this:

I would be able to do it if there wasn't a constant of 1/2i there but that constant makes me uncertain.

2. Originally Posted by Alexrey
Hey guys, I was just wondering how I would apply Cauchy's Integral Formula to something like this:

I would be able to do it if there wasn't a constant of 1/2i there but that constant makes me uncertain.
I have a question for you. What do you mean by this notation

$\displaystyle \gamma(0,1)$

Is this a circle of radius 1 centered at the origin?

If so the Cauchy integral formula does not apply because the integrand is discontinous at z=1.

3. My bad, yes, gamma (0,1) is an open disk of radius 1 centered at the origin. Surely you could apply Cauchy's integral formula:

with f(w) = z and w-a = z-1, therefore since f(w) is holomorphic in gamma(0, 1) we can apply Cauchy's Integral Formula, with a=1?

4. Originally Posted by Alexrey
My bad, yes, gamma (0,1) is an open disk of radius 1 centered at the origin. Surely you could apply Cauchy's integral formula:

with f(w) = z and w-a = z-1, therefore since f(w) is holomorphic in gamma(0, 1) we can apply Cauchy's Integral Formula, with a=1?
a must be an interior point of

$\displaystyle \gamma$

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The problem is that there is a pole on the countour. Also something else is fishy you sure that it is an open disk?

5. Ah I see, I screwed that one up. Regarding gamma being an open disk, I thought that it was open since I read in my notes somewhere that the interior of gamma was open and therefore presumed that the whole disk was open as well. What can I do if the singularity is ON the contour? Will residues work (I haven't gone over this section yet).

Okay lets rephrase the question to gamma(0,2). I would be able to use Cauchy's Integral Formula then right, since a is inside the contour.

6. Originally Posted by Alexrey
Ah I see, I screwed that one up. Regarding gamma being an open disk, I thought that it was open since I read in my notes somewhere that the interior of gamma was open and therefore presumed that the whole disk was open as well. What can I do if the singularity is ON the contour? Will residues work (I haven't gone over this section yet).

Okay lets rephrase the question to gamma(0,2). I would be able to use Cauchy's Integral Formula then right, since a is inside the contour.
Yes, this would give

$\displaystyle f(1)=\frac{1}{2\pi i}\int_{\gamma (0,2)}\frac{f(z)}{z-1}dz, \quad f(z)=z$ so we get

$\displaystyle 1=\frac{1}{2\pi i}\int_{\gamma (0,2)}\frac{z}{z-1}dz \iff \int_{\gamma (0,2)}\frac{z}{z-1}dz=2\pi i$

So finaly

$\displaystyle \frac{1}{2i}\int_{\gamma (0,2)}\frac{z}{z-1}dz=\frac{1}{2i}(2\pi i)=\pi$

7. Awesome, thanks so much.