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NUMBER THEORY – MAS 3203 – SPRING 2010
Instructor:
Barry Griffiths
Email:
bgriffit@mail.ucf.edu
Class Time:
MW 4:30 – 5:45pm
Class Location:
CL1 320
Office:
MAP 115
Textbook:
Elementary Number Theory with Applications
, by Koshy (available online
and in the bookstore).
Many textbooks were considered before this one was chosen. While there are several
outstanding introductory levels texts (those by Burton, Rosen, Dudley, Jones/Jones, and
Hardy/Wright in particular), I hope that you will find Koshy’s text easy to read, that it
stimulates your interest in the subject, and helps increase your knowledge while
maintaining a mathematically rigorous approach. We will cover chapters 24, 67, 9, and
1113.
Typed notes will be available online prior to each lecture (math.ucf.edu/~barryg), which
will allow you to concentrate on the material instead of writing.
Homework:
Eight homework assignments will be given during the semester, which will
count for one third of your overall grade. Each will consist of ten questions, ranging from
basic calculations that should take no more than a few minutes, to challenging proofs that
may require several days to think about and complete.
Each homework will be collected on the due date shown below, and grading will be
conducted on the basis of precision and presentation. Because this is an upperlevel class,
there will be a strong emphasis on writing proofs, which means that simply obtaining the
correct answer is generally not sufficient.
Students are permitted and encouraged to work in small groups.
Quizzes:
Seven short quizzes will be given, and each will last between 30 and 45
minutes. They will be of a similar standard to the homework questions assigned, and will
contribute a third of your final grade.
Exams:
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