# Rectangle Theorem

• Mar 2nd 2009, 10:41 PM
manjohn12
Rectangle Theorem
Theorem. Suppose $f$ is entire and $\Gamma$ is the boundary of a rectangle $R$. Then $\int_{\Gamma} f(z) \ dz = 0$.

Are we assuming that the rectangle bounds the curve? Or the curve bounds the rectangle?

So the general idea of the proof is that we bisect a rectangle infinitely many times? Because then we have $\int_{\Gamma} f = \sum_{i=1}^{4} \int_{\Gamma_{i}} f$. Then why is it that from some $\Gamma_k, \ 1 \leq k \leq 4$ we have $\int_{\Gamma^{(1)}} f(z) \ dz \gg I/4$?
• Mar 2nd 2009, 10:55 PM
ThePerfectHacker
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Originally Posted by manjohn12
Theorem. Suppose $f$ is entire and $\Gamma$ is the boundary of a rectangle $R$. Then $\int_{\Gamma} f(z) \ dz = 0$.

Are we assuming that the rectangle bounds the curve? Or the curve bounds the rectangle?

So the general idea of the proof is that we bisect a rectangle infinitely many times? Because then we have $\int_{\Gamma} f = \sum_{i=1}^{4} \int_{\Gamma_{i}} f$. Then why is it that from some $\Gamma_k, \ 1 \leq k \leq 4$ we have $\int_{\Gamma^{(1)}} f(z) \ dz \gg I/4$?

The meaning of $\oint_{\Gamma} f(z) dz = 0$ here is that you parametrize the rectangle and then integrate over this curve.

Here "rectangle" means a figure consisting of sides made out of lines which are parallel and perpendicular to the x-y axes. "Rectangle" here does not mean the interior of the rectangle. Remember contour integration is over curves.
• Mar 2nd 2009, 11:02 PM
manjohn12
Quote:

Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
The meaning of $\oint_{\Gamma} f(z) dz = 0$ here is that you parametrize the rectangle and then integrate over this curve.

Here "rectangle" means a figure consisting of sides made out of lines which are parallel and perpendicular to the x-y axes. "Rectangle" here does not mean the interior of the rectangle. Remember contour integration is over curves.

So suppose you have a curve $C_1$ and you take $\int_{C_1} f(z) \ dz$. We can find the boundary of a rectangle $\Gamma_1$ such that $\int_{C_1} f(z) \ dz = \int_{\Gamma_1} f(z) \ dz$? E.g. the boundary of the rectangle "contains" $C_1$?