# Rouche’s Theorem

## Rouche’s Theorem

If the complex-valued functions $f$ and $g$ are holomorphic inside and on some closed contour $K$, with $|g(z)|<|f(z)|$ on $K$, then $f$ and $f+g$ have the same number of zeroes inside $K$, where each zero is counted as many times as its multiplicity.

## Example

Consider the polynomial $z^5+3z^3+7$ in the disk $|z|<2$. Let $g(z)=3z^3+7$, $f(z)=z^5$, then

\begin{aligned} |3z^3+7|&<3(8)+7\\ &=31\\ &<32\\ &=|z^5| \end{aligned}
for every $|z|=2$.
Then $f+g$ has the same number of zeroes as $f(z)=z^5$ in the disk $|z|<2$, which is exactly 5 zeroes.

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## One thought on “Rouche’s Theorem”

1. Intuitively since f > g, so ( f+g) doesn’t change the numbers of zero of f even it adds on g. The bigger f just covers the smaller g…

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