MATH 475 - Elementary Number Theory
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Mathematics (MATH)
Department: LSA Mathematics
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Advisory Prerequisites:
At least three terms of college Mathematics are recommended.
Other Course Info:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This is an elementary introduction to number theory, especially congruence arithmetic. Number Theory is one of the few areas of mathematics in which problems easily describable to a layman (is every even number the sum of two primes?) have remained unsolved for centuries. Recently some of these fascinating but seemingly useless questions have come to be of central importance in the design of codes and ciphers. In addition to strictly number- theoretic questions, concrete examples of structures such as rings and fields from abstract algebra are discussed. Concepts and proofs are emphasized, but there is some discussion of algorithms which permit efficient calculation. Students are expected to do simple proofs and may be asked to perform computer experiments. Although there are no special prerequisites and the course is essentially self-contained, most students have some experience in abstract mathematics and problem solving and are interested in learning proofs. At least three semesters of college mathematics are recommended. A Computational Laboratory (Math 476, 1 credit) will usually be offered as an optional supplement to this course.

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MATH 475 - Elementary Number Theory
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001 (LEC)
MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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ISBN: 9780471546009
Introduction to the theory of numbers, 5th rev. ed. (pbk)., Author: Niven, Ivan morton., Publisher: Wiley 1991
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