The Cauchy–Riemann conditions are a set of partial differential equations which, along with certain other criteria, guarantee a complex function will be holomorphic (that is, complex differentiable), since they garuntee that angles will be preserved by a mapping. Given a function z(x+iy)=u(x,y)+i v(x,y) , the Cauchy–Riemann conditions are

\frac{\part u}{\part x}=\frac{\part v}{\part y}\ ,\ \frac{\part u}{\part y}=-\frac{\part v}{\part x}

or, using the polar representation of a complex function in terms of r,\theta

\frac{\part u}{\part r}=\frac1r\frac{\part v}{\part\theta}\ ,\ \frac{\part v}{\part r}=-\frac1r\frac{\part u}{\part\theta}

For any function which respects the Cauchy–Riemann conditions, u,v will also obey Laplace's equation. This can easily be seen by differentiating a second time.

\frac{\part^2 u}{\part x^2}+\frac{\part^2 u}{\part y^2}=\frac{\part^2 v}{\part x^2}+\frac{\part^2 v}{\part y^2}=0