Instructor: Dr. B. Landman
Office: 310 Boyd
Office Hours: T,Th 4:30-5:30, or by appointment
Textbook: Elementary Introduction to Number Theory, 3rd Edition
by Calvin T. Long; Waveland Press
Prerequisite: MATH 3003
Topics: 1. Preliminaries (Most of Sections 1.1-1.6)
2. Division Algorithm (Section 1.7)
3. Positional Notation (Section 1.8)
3. Divisibility Properties of Integers (all of Chapter 2)
4. Prime Numbers (most of Chapter 3)
5. Congruences (Sections 4.1-4.4)
6. Conditional Congruences (all of Chapter 5)
7. Sums of Squares (Chapter 7; as time permits)
It is expected that the student who completes this course will have acquired:
Grading Procedure :
Tests : There will be three 50-minute tests, and a cumulative final exam. No make-up tests will be given. If you must miss one of the 50-minute tests, your grade on the corresponding portion of the final exam will be used in its place. If two or more tests are missed, a grade of F will be given for all but one of the missed tests.
Take-home Projects (Graded): There will be two sets of take-home assignments, which will be graded. Your work on these assignments is to be your own. Late papers will not be accepted.
Homework (not graded): Homework problems (that will not be graded or collected) will be assigned regularly. These will usually be due by the next class meeting. Although not counted toward your grade, it is ESSENTIAL to your success in the course that you do the homework regularly, and on time. A very important part of each homework assignment is to read the corresponding material in the text.
Final Exam: There will be a comprehensive final exam.
· Tests 50%
· Projects 20%
· Final Exam 30%
· An overall average of 88-100 earns a grade of A
An overall average of 77-88 earns a grade of B
An overall average of 66-77 earns a grade of C
An overall average of 55-66 earns a grade of D
An overall average below 55 earns a grade of F
Other: It is strongly recommended that you allow at least 6-7 hours outside of class, each week, for homework and study (more would be better).
It is strongly recommended that you do not take this course if your grade in 3003 was not C or better.
Important Dates: September 30, Thursday: Test 1
October 14, Thursday: Last day to withdraw with grade of W
October 28, Thursday: Test 2
November 30, Tuesday: Test 3
December 14, Tuesday: Final Exam (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.)