Number Theory II, MATH 456/656, Spring 2008
This is the home page and first day handout for MAT 456/656, meeting MW
from 2:30 -- 3:45 in CBC-C114. My name is Dr.
Arthur Baragar, my office is CBC-B 308, and I can be
reached at 895-0378. Important information announced in class
will also be posted on WebCampus.
The prerequisite for this course is MATH 455/655.
Texts: We have two texts: The first is our text
from MATH 455 (fall 2007). The second is new.
Syllabus: From the first text, I want to cover Chapters 12 -- 15
on primes (together with a handout?), and perhaps primitive roots (Ch.
22), quadratic residues (Chs. 23 -- 25), and continued fractions (Chs.
39 -- 40). From the second text, we will begin at the beginning
and cover as much as we can about elliptic curves. I may
sacrifice Chapter V so that we can cover Chapter VI (Complex
multiplication). I may also refer back to our first text to
introduce modular forms.
Grading Scheme: This is the grading scheme for this course:
Exams one and two might have an in class component and a take home
component. Exam three is a take home exam. The take home
are due the following Monday at the beginning of class.
grading scheme for students taking MAT 656 might be slightly different.
There is no preset corelation between numerical grades and letter
A letter grade (without + or -), a report card, if you like, will be
on WebCampus after every exam. The distribution
of the "Uncommitted points" will be described in class. They are to
allow flexibility in the grading scheme, and may go to, for example,
- Homework: 10%.
- Glorified Homework: 10%.
- Exam one, Wednesday, February 27th: 13%.
- Exam two, Wednesday, April 2nd: 13%.
- Exam three, Wednesday, Aprl 30th: 13%.
- Final, Wednesday, May 14th, 3:10 pm -- 5:10 pm: 30%.
- Uncommitted points: 11%
to attend a conference May 12th -- 16th. Consequently, someone
will proctor the final and I will not begin grading it until May 17th.
Office Hours: If you need to see me, please look for me
office hours posted below, or please make an appointment. Office hours
the second week of classes.
I expect to be around almost every Monday and Wednesday morning, so
those would be good times to make last minute appointments. I
also be able to handle quick questions between 2:15 and 2:30. I
in CBC-C117 until 2:15. If noone has shown for office hours by
4:15 pm, then I will feel free to leave.
- Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 am -- 11:45am, 4:00 pm -- 4:45 pm.
- ... or by appointment.
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