Math 5800 - Number Theory
Section 100, Control number 45840
Fall Semester 2008
Department of Mathematics
Western Michigan University
Updated September 3, 2008.
Time and location: Class
meets 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., TR, in 3393 Rood Hall. Final exam is
Monday, Dec. 8, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jay A. Wood,
6617 Everett Tower, 387-4812, email: jay(dot)wood(at)wmich(dot)edu .
Office hours: 2 - 3 p.m.,
TR, or by appointment.
Course description (from the
undergraduate catalog): Diophantine equations, congruences,
quadratic residues, and properties of number-theoretic functions.
Prerequisites & Corequisites:
Prerequisite: MATH 3300.
Credits: 3 hours
Textbook: Harold M.
Stark, An Introduction to Number
Theory, MIT Press, 1987.
Homework: Here is the
list of homework
the semester. Due dates will be announced in class (usually two
class days after being covered in class).
Grades: Course grades
will be determined by an accumulation of points from homework (up
to 200 pts), written assignments (up to 100 pts),
one in-class exam (up to 100 pts), and a final exam (up
to 200 pts). That is a total of 600 possible points. I
at least as generous as follows: A-at
least 540; BA-at least 510; B-at least 480; CB- at least 450; C-at
least 420; DC-at least 390; D-at least 360. Students enrolled for
graduate credit will be expected to do more sophisticated work.
Exam dates: Midterm exam
is Thursday, Oct. 16, in class. Final exam is Monday, Dec. 8,
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Collaboration: You may
work together on homework and written assigments, but not quizzes or
exams. If you do work together, or if you receive assistance from
someone else, please say so on your paper (e.g., "I worked with Andrew
Wiles on problems 5 and 7, and with Barry Mazur on problems
10 and 15."). Each person is responsible for writing up his/her
own version of the solution.
Accommodation for Disabilities:
Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning,
psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable
accommodations must contact Ms. Beth
Denhartigh at 387-2116 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
at the beginning of the semester. A disability determination must be
made by this office before any accommodations are provided by the
Student Conduct and Academic Honesty:
You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the
academic policies and procedures
in the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalogs (found online, http://catalog.wmich.edu ) and
from the Office of Student Conduct (at http://www.osc.wmich.edu/ ) that
pertain to student rights and responsibilities. These policies include
cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission,
plagiarism, complicity, and computer misuse. If there is reason to
believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be
referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. You will be given
the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not
responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should
consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty
prior to the submission of an assignment or test.