# Definition:Contour Integral/Complex

## Definition

Let $C$ be a contour defined by a finite sequence $C_1, \ldots, C_n$ of directed smooth curves.

Let $C_i$ be parameterized by the smooth path $\gamma_i: \closedint {a_i} {b_i} \to \C$ for all $i \in \set {1, \ldots, n}$.

Let $f: \Img C \to \C$ be a continuous complex function, where $\Img C$ denotes the image of $C$.

The contour integral of $f$ along $C$ is defined by:

$\ds \int_C \map f z \rd z = \sum_{i \mathop = 1}^n \int_{a_i}^{b_i} \map f {\map {\gamma_i} t} \map {\gamma_i'} t \rd t$

From Contour Integral is Well-Defined, it follows that the complex Riemann integral on the right side is defined and is independent of the parameterizations of $C_1, \ldots, C_n$.

### Contour Integral along Closed Contour

Let $C$ be a closed contour in $\C$.

Then the symbol $\ds \oint$ is used for the contour integral on $C$.

The definition remains the same:

$\ds \oint_C \map f z \rd z := \sum_{i \mathop = 1}^n \int_{a_i}^{b_i} \map f {\map {\gamma_i} t} \map {\gamma_i'} t \rd t$

## Also known as

A contour integral is called a line integral or a curve integral in many texts.