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,
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:
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.
and Academic Honesty (wording courtesy of the WMU
Faculty Senate's Professional Concerns Committeee):
"You are responsible for making yourself
aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the
Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs that pertain to Academic Honesty.
These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and
forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer
misuse. [The policies can be found at http://catalog.wmich.edu under
Academic Policies, Student Rights and Responsibilities.] If there is
reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you
will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. 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 your instructor if you are uncertain about an issue of
academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test."
to access the Code of Honor and
general academic policies on such issues as diversity, religious
observance, student disabilities, etc.