Math 319: Theory of Numbers

Office Hours:

Unless otherwise noted, all office hours will be held in my office, 326C South Hall. My office hours are at the following times:

Mondays: 5:45-6:45pm in 336 South Hall. This is a problem session specifically for Number Theory students. We will be in a larger classroom in hopes of higher turnout.

Thursdays: 2-3pm in my office (326C South Hall)

Thursdays: 3-3:30pm off-topic office hour in my office (326C South Hall). This office hour is specifically for off-topic questions. For example, if you have a question about the Riemann Hypothesis, careers in mathematics, applications of linear algebra, or how a class problem relates to deeper mathematics, this is the time and place.

Appointments: If you are not available during my regular office hours and need to schedule an appointment with me outside of class, please first check my schedule on my website. Then e-mail a list of the appointment times you are available so I can schedule a one-time extra office hour (there may be other requests, and I will likely invite the whole class). I expect that you’ve already asked or consulted someone about the problem. Working with other students challenges your own understanding and can solve minor misunderstandings.

In office hours, feel free to drop by and just hang out, though it is best to come with a list of questions. Its best to use your homework to figure out what types of problems you have trouble with and to isolate which part of the problems are causing that trouble. When working on your homework, I recommend (1) writing down the problems you don't understand, (2) going back and looking for common characteristics of these problems, (3) grouping them into problem types, (4) re-attempting the problems with your newfound knowledge, and finally (5) coming to me with well-thought out questions.


Syllabus:

Short version.
Standard version.


Homework:

Most homework assignments will be in the form of problem sets. You may also receive credit for one posting per week on the mycourses discussion forum. At the moment I am posting problem sets as pdfs on Mycourses under course materials. Please contact me if you have trouble viewing these.



Maple files:

Mycourses does not support downloads of Maple files, so I have posted them here. [NOTE: You may have to right click on the link and click "save file as" or something similar]
Experiments for discussion question 2.5 & 2.6

Experiment for discussion question 1.8

RSA Worksheet
RSA Worksheet

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Undergraduate semesters in mathematics

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