Contour Integrals

Let the complex function f(z) be defined as f(z) = u(x,y) + i*v(x,y)

Using the definition of the integral:

∫ f(z) dz = lim n → ∞ [ Σ f(z_k) * Δz_k from k = 1 to n ]

= lim n → ∞ [ Σ ( u(x_k, y_k) + i*v(x_k, y_k) ) * ( Δx_k + i*Δy_k ) from k = 1 to n ]

= lim n → ∞ Σ [ (u(x_k, y_k) * Δx_k - v(x_k, y_k) * Δy_k) + i*(v(x_k, y_k) * Δx_k

+ u(x_k, y_k) * Δy_k) ]

= ( ∫ u(x,y) dx - ∫ v(x,y) dy ) + i*( ∫ u(x,y) dy + ∫ v(x,y) dx )

In summary:

**∫ f(z) dz = ( ∫ u(x,y) dx - ∫ v(x,y) dy ) + i*( ∫ u(x,y) dy + ∫ v(x,y) dx )**

What is needed:

1. A contour curve f = y(x). This is where you get your end points.

2. We need f(z) to integrate. Separate f(z) into its parametric parts.

Let's look at a couple examples.

Examples

1. Contour: y = x + 1 from (3,4) to (4,5). Integrate ∫ z^2 dz.

Since y = x + 1, x = y - 1

z^2 = (x + i*y)^2 = (x^2 - y^2) + i*(2*x*y)

u = x^2 - y^2

v = 2*x*y

u = x^2 - y^2

u = x^2 - (x + 1)^2

u = -2*x - 1

∫ u dx from 3 to 4 = -8

v = 2 * x * y

v = 2 * (y - 1) * y

∫ v dy from 4 to 5 = 95/3

u = (y - 1)^2 - y^2

u = -2 * y + 1

∫ u dy from 4 to 5 = -8

v = 2 * x * y

v = 2 * x * (x + 1)

∫ v dx from 3 to 4 = 95/3

∫ z^2 dz from (3 + 4*i) to (4 + 5*i) = (-8 - 95/3) + i*(-8 + 95/3) ≈ -39.666667 + 23.666667*i

2. Contour: y = x^2 - 1 from (0, -1) to (2, 1). Integrate ∫ z^2 + 1 dz.

y = x^2 - 1, x = √(y + 1)

z^2 + 1 = (x + i*y)^2 + 1 = x^2 + 2*i*x*y - y^2 + 1

u = x^2 - y^2 + 1

v = 2 * x * y

u = x^2 - y^2 + 1

u = x^2 - (x^2 - 1)^2 + 1

∫ u dx from 0 to 2 = 8/5

v = 2 * x * y

v = 2 * √(y + 1) * y

∫ v dy from -1 to 1 = 8/15 * √2

u = x^2 - y^2 + 1

u = y + 1 - y^2 + 1

u = -y^2 + y + 2

∫ u dy from -1 to 1 = 10/3

v = 2 * x * y

v = 2 * x * (x^2 - 1)

∫ v dx from 0 to 2 = 4

∫ z^2 + 1 dz from -i to 2+i = (8/5 - 8/15 * √2) + i*(4 + 10/3) ≈ 0.845753 + 7.333333*i

This is the basics of line integrals.

Source: Wunsch, A. David. Complex Variables with Applications. 2nd Edition. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. 1994.

Take care, Eddie

This blog is property of Edward Shore. 2014

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