Math 5800 - Number Theory

Control number 45703
Fall Semester 2012
Department of Mathematics
Western Michigan University

Updated September 13, 2012.

Time and location:  Class meets 6:30 - 7:45 p.m., MW, in 3391 Rood Hall.  Final exam is Monday, Dec. 10, 7:15 - 9:15 p.m.

Instructor:  Jay A. Wood, 6617 Everett Tower, 387-4812, email: jay(dot)wood(at)wmich(dot)edu .

Office hours:  2-3, MTWR.

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

Textbooks:  George E. Andrews, Number Theory, Dover, 1971/1994;  William J. LeVeque, Fundamentals of Number Theory, Dover, 1977/1996. 

Homework:  Homework problems will be assigned on a regular basis.  Problems and due dates will be announced in class. 

Grades:  Course grades will be determined by an accumulation of points from homework (scaled to a 300-pt basis),  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 will be 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 Wednesday, Oct. 24, in class.  Final exam is Monday, Dec. 10, 7:15 - 9:15 p.m.

Collaboration:  You may work together on homework and written assigments, but not exams.  If you work together, or if you receive assistance from someone else, please say so on your paper (e.g., "I worked with Kenneth Ribet on problems 5 and 7, and with John Tate on problems 13 and 17.").  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 Disability Services for Students at 387-2116 at the beginning of the semester. A disability determination must be made by that office before any accommodations are provided by the instructor.

Student Conduct and Academic Honesty (wording courtesy of the WMU Faculty Senate's Professional Concerns Committeee):
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