Department of Mathematical Sciences,
Northern Illinois University

MATH 480/580 Fall 2013

Number Theory (3 semester hours)

DuSable 328
9 -9:50

Prof. Richard Blecksmith
Watson Hall 355
email: richard@math.niu.edu

OFFICE HOURS

Monday 10:00-11:30
Wednesday 10:00-11:00
Wednesday 1:00-1:50
or by appointment

SYLLABUS

Chapter Topic
1 Math 420 Number Theory Review
2 Continued Fractions
3 Diophantine Questions
4 Polynomials and Primitive Roots
5 Quadratic Residues and the Reciprocity Law

GRADES

Your grade will be based on the following:
Midterm 25 %
Final 25 %
In class presentations 50 %

STUDENT HANDOUTS

Note that numbers preceded by the oound sign # are to be presented in class. Be sure that you understand the theorems and exercises numbered without the pound sign; we can discuss these in class if any one has questions about them.

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