Theory of Numbers, MAS4203, Spring 2014.

Location: 201 LOV

Time: MWF 12:20-1:10

Instructor: Dr. Mark van Hoeij

Text: Number Theory, by George E. Andrews (published by Dover)

Grading: There will be two tests during the semester, several quizzes, and one final test. The final exam is scheduled for Thursday, May 1, 3:00-5:00 pm (click here for the schedule of all finals). Each of these two tests will account for 20% of the final grade. The final accounts for 30% and the remaining 30% will be determined by homework and quizzes.

Exam policy: There will be no makeup tests or quizzes. A missed test can only be excused before the day of the test. When a missed test is excused, the grade of the test will be the same as the grade on your final. A missed test will not be excused on or after the day of the test.

Eligibility: A prior mathematical proof class like MGF3301, MTG4302 or MAD2104. Stop by my office if you are not sure.

Course objectives: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the subject of number theory. We will discuss various classical problems and techniques in number theory as well as applications to cryptography.

Honor code: copy of the University Academic Honor Code can be found in the current Student Handbook. You are bound by this in all of your academic work. It is based on the premise that each student has the responsibility to 1) uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in the student's own work, 2) refuse to tolerate violations of academic integrity in the University community, and 3) foster a sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the University community.

ada statement: Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should: 1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC); 2) bring a letter to the instructor from SDRC indicating you need academic accommodations. This should be done within the first week of class. This and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.