# Contour Integration

A contour is a finite collection of paths joined end to end. A path can be represented as a continuous function form an closed iterval to \(\mathbb{C}\) as follows

Then the integration of any complex function along this path is is given by

**Question:** Find the integration of \(f(z)=z^2\) along the parabolic path from \(0\) to \(1\).

**Answer:** In order to find the integration we have to find to parametrize the curve as \(\gamma(t)=t+t^2i\), \(t\in [0,1]\).

## Numerical Computation¶

We can subdivide the curve into equal parts and then compute the sum as given in the definition. For 100 subdivisions we have the following result

\(\displaystyle -0.681868679980602 + 0.675438053988273 i\)

We can improve the accuracy by increasing the number of subdivisions, For example the same integration for 1000 subdivisions will be

\(\displaystyle -0.668168668668 + 0.66753436803537 i\)

We can plot the result for a number of points to see the convergence in complex plane as follows

## 1. Parametrization¶

Now we do the same computation using the parametrization of the curve, hence the value turns out to be exactly equalt to

\(\displaystyle -0.666666666666667 + 0.666666666666667 i\)

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