Hey guys,
I'm taking the subject test in April and I am wondering how much work should I put in studying for complex analysis? I haven't taken the course so if I decide to study for it I'd have to start from scratch. I want some opinions on whether it is worth the effort. Thank you.
complex analysis in the math gre
Re: complex analysis in the math gre
No, it is not worth it  I was asked exactly one CA question during my test. Your efforts are better spent elsewhere.
Re: complex analysis in the math gre
There is not a lot of complex analysis in the subject GRE  the amount of stuff to learn is pretty small. (A couple of facts about analytic functions and the CauchyRiemann functions were the main things, IIRC). Whether this is worthwhile for the expected gain of maybe a question is up to you =)
A book about the subject GRE syllabus (I used the Princeton one, and it seemed pretty good) will help you study the right things.
A book about the subject GRE syllabus (I used the Princeton one, and it seemed pretty good) will help you study the right things.

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Re: complex analysis in the math gre
CauchyRiemann equations and the residue theorem were the complex analysis questions that I had. Just know those and a little bit of how to deal with analytic functions, and that should be fine.
Re: complex analysis in the math gre
Thank you so much, guys! This is very helpful.
Re: complex analysis in the math gre
It will literally not change the level of your performance in any nonnegligible way unless you really split hairs and are aiming for the topmost score.
However, it is definitely a "free" few questions, as the questions on topics like complex analysis are (as you can yourself see on sample exams) pretty easy.
However, it is definitely a "free" few questions, as the questions on topics like complex analysis are (as you can yourself see on sample exams) pretty easy.
Re: complex analysis in the math gre
Hi,
I think if you study these three aspects of complex analysis, you should be able to answer the GRE questions:
1) CauchyRiemann equations
(i.e. u_x=v_y, u_y=v_x)
2) Cauchy residue theorem
3) Roots of unity sum up to zero (needed for one GRE question)
Hope it helps!
I think if you study these three aspects of complex analysis, you should be able to answer the GRE questions:
1) CauchyRiemann equations
(i.e. u_x=v_y, u_y=v_x)
2) Cauchy residue theorem
3) Roots of unity sum up to zero (needed for one GRE question)
Hope it helps!