Where $C$ is the circle $|z|=\frac{3}{2}$, evaluate the following integral using the Cauchy integral formula.

$$\int_{C}\frac{e^{z}}{(z^2+1)(z^{2}-4)}dz$$ Clearly the simple poles at $z=\pm i$ are the ones that are inside the circle $C$, and the simple poles at $z=\pm 2$ are outside the circle.

I use partial fractions to simplify $$\frac{e^{z}}{z^{2}-4}$$ to get it equal to $$\frac{e^{z}}{4(z-2)}-\frac{e^{z}}{4(z+2)},$$ then define $$f(z)=\frac{e^{z}}{4},$$ which gives us $$\frac{f(z)}{z-2}-\frac{f(z)}{z+2},$$ then by the C.I.F I get that $$\int_{C}\frac{e^{z}}{(z^2+1)(z^{2}-4)}dz=\frac{\pi i}{2}[e^{i}-e^{-i}].$$

Could someone tell me if this is correct, thanks!

  • $\begingroup$ Please refer to your notes: decomposing the function is quite unnecessary to compute its residues... $\endgroup$ – Did Jan 24 '18 at 17:05

Since the only singularities enclosed by $|z|=3/2$ are at $\pm i$, the function $f(z)=\frac{e^z}{z^2-4}$ is analytic in and on $|z|=3/2$. Now, using partial fraction expansion, we have


Hence, from Cauchy's Integral Theorem we find

$$\begin{align} \oint_{|z|=3/2}\frac{e^z}{(z^2+1)(z^2-4)}\,dz&=\frac1{i2}\oint_{|z|=3/2}\frac{f(z)}{z-i}\,dz-\frac1{i2}\oint_{|z|=3/2}\frac{f(z)}{z+i}\,d\\\\ &z=\pi (f(i)-f(-i)\\\\ &=\pi \frac{e^{i}}{-5}-\pi \frac{e^{-i}}{-5}\\\\ &=\frac\pi5(e^{-i}-e^i)\\\\ &=-\frac{i2\pi\sin(1)}5 \end{align}$$

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  • $\begingroup$ Would the cowardly down voter care to comment? $\endgroup$ – Mark Viola Jan 24 '18 at 18:47
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your solution I made a simple but fatal error in my first attempt as I did the partial fraction method on the wrong term , thank you very clear $\endgroup$ – Gibberish Jan 24 '18 at 20:52
  • $\begingroup$ You're welcome. My pleasure. $\endgroup$ – Mark Viola Jan 24 '18 at 21:26

Write the integral as a sum of integrals around $\{i,-i\}$. These integrals are easily evaluated using the Cauchy integral formula: $$ \frac{1}{2\pi i}\oint_{|z-i|=1/2}\frac{1}{(z-i)}\frac{e^z}{(z+i)(z^2-4)}dz = \frac{e^i}{(i+i)(i^2-4)} \\ \frac{1}{2\pi i}\oint_{|z+i|=1/2}\frac{1}{(z+i)}\frac{e^z}{(z-i)(z^2-4)}dz=\frac{e^{-i}}{(-i-i)((-i)^2-4)} \\ % \frac{1}{2\pi i}\oint_{|z-2|=1/2}\frac{1}{(z-2)}\frac{e^z}{(z+2)(z^2+1)}dz=\frac{e^2}{(2+2)(2^2+1)} \\ % \frac{1}{2\pi i}\oint_{|z+2|=1/2}\frac{1}{(z+2)}\frac{e^z}{(z-2)(z^2+1)}dz=\frac{e^{-2}}{(-2-2)((-2)^2+1)} $$ The answer is the sum of these two integrals.

  • $\begingroup$ The integrals do not reflect the original integral, the path of integration of which does not enclose the singularities $\;\pm2\;$ , only $\;\pm i\;$ . Thus, the original integral cannot be equal to the sum of the above integrals. $\endgroup$ – DonAntonio Jan 16 '18 at 8:14
  • $\begingroup$ @DonAntonio : Thank you. I hadn't read carefully enough, and have corrected that now. $\endgroup$ – DisintegratingByParts Jan 16 '18 at 10:38

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