## MAS4203 --- Theory of Numbers --- Spring 2007

• Text: ``Elementary Number Theory'', Gareth and Mary Jones, Springer (1998) ISBN 3-540-76197-7.
• Instructor: Dr. Mark van Hoeij, Love building 211, tel. no. 644-3879, email: hoeij@math.fsu.edu
• Time and place: TR: 12:30-1:45 pm, LOV 104.
• Office hours: MTWR: 10:50-11:40
• Prerequisite: You must have credit for MAS3301 (Intro to Modern Algebra) or MAS4302 (Intro to Abstract Algebra I) with a grade of C- or better.
• Course content: Chapters 1-7.
• Course objectives: The purpose of this course is an introduction to Diophantine equations, prime distribution, congruences, Euler's function, and quadratic residues.
• Grading/Exams: We will have two midterms and a final exam. The final exam is scheduled for Friday, April 27 7:30 - 9:30am. (click here for the schedule of all finals). Both tests will count for 20% of your grade; the final will count for 30%.

I will also assign homework daily, and you will be expected to turn in three problems per week. These assignments will collectively count for 20% of your grade.

Finally, we will have one weekly quiz, where I will ask you to write down the precise definition of a term, or a very simple proof. This will count for 10% of your grade---its main purpose, however, is to make sure that you `stay with the class' at all times. In my experience, students who manage to keep up with a class do much better in the end.

The grade is determined as A = 92-100, A- = 90-91.9, B+ = 88-89.9, B = 82-87.9, B- = 80-81.9, C+ = 78-79.9, C = 72-77.9, C- = 70-71.9, D+ = 68-69.9, D = 60-67.9, F = below 60.

• Honor code: A 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 1) to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in the student's own work, 2) to refuse to tolerate violations of academic integrity in the University community, and 3) to foster a high sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the University community. You have successfully completed many mathematics courses and know that on a ``test'' you may not give or receive any help from a person or written material except as specifically designed acceptable. Out of class you are encouraged to work together on assignments but plagiarizing of the work of others or study manuals is academically dishonest.
• 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.