Math 25, Number Theory (Fall 2012)
The final exam can be obtained at M25 Final Exam.
The solutions of Midterm 2 take home are at Midterm 2 take-home solution.
A sketch of the solutions of the eighth homework assignment can be found at Homework Week 8 Solutions.
The take-home part of Midterm 2 has been posted. It can be obtained at M25 Midterm 2 Take-home.pdf.
A sketch of the solutions of the seventh homework assignment can be found at Homework Week 7 Solutions.
The second midterm will take place during the week of October 29. The format will be similar to the first midterm. The in-class portion will be held on Tuesday, October 30 during the x-hour (12:00 - 12:50). Calculators are allowed but are to be used only for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The take-home portion will be posted later in the week. There will be office hours on Monday, October 29 from 12:30 to 2:30.
A sketch of the solutions of the sixth homework assignment can be found at Homework Week 6 Solutions.
A sketch of the solutions of the fifth homework assignment can be found at Homework Week 5 Solutions.
The solutions to the take-home part of the first midterm can be found at Take-Home Midterm 1 Solutions.
The solutions to the in-class part of Midterm 1 can be found at In-Class Midterm 1 Solutions.
A sketch of the solutions of the fourth homework assignment can be found at Homework Week 4 Solutions.
The take-home part of the first midterm can be obtained at Midterm 1 Takehome.
The first midterm will take place during week 5 of the course. On Tuesday during the x-hour you will be given the in-class portion of the exam. The take-home portion will be posted on the web page on Wednesday afternoon. It will be due on Friday during class. You are responsible for the material on the syllabus for the first four weeks up to but not including Section 4.2 and for the material discussed in class during the first four weeks but not October 5. You may bring calculators to the exam but they are only to be used for the arithmetic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
A sketch of the solutions of the third homework assignment can be found at Homework Week 3 Solutions.
A sketch of the solutions of the second homework assignment can be found at Homework Week 2 Solutions.
A sketch of the solutions of the first homework assignment can be found at Homework Week 1 Solutions.
General Comments on the Course:
This course is an introduction to number theory. The properties of numbers, that is, whole integers, will be studied in detail.The mathematical requirements for beginning the study of number theory are minimal. We will consider a variety of elementary but important results and conjectures, and illustrate a few of the applications of basic number theory.
The ORC prerequisite for this class is Math 8 (Calculus II), but in reality virtually no calculus is needed. Perhaps the most important determinant for learning this material is willingness to immerse oneself in these ideas and think diligently about them.
Elementary Number Theory by Gareth A. Jones and J. Mary Jones
Classes held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:15 - 12:20 (x-hour
Tuesday, 12:00 - 12:50) in Kemeny Hall, Room 108.
It is each student's responsibility to be aware of academic deadlines as stated by the Registrar.
Office: 207 Kemeny Hall
Tuesdays: 12:30 - 2:30, right after each class, and by appointment
Phone: 646-2419 or BlitzMail (preferred)
- Readings from the text will be assigned for each class period and homework will be assigned weekly. For the assignments, see Syllabus and Homework Assignments. Homework will be collected with the assignment for week n due on Wednesday of week n+1.
- Each of the two midterm exams will have an in-class part and a take-home part. The in-class part is scheduled to take place during the x-hour of the fifth and the eighth week. Specifically, the first in-class midterm will be on Tuesday, October 9, 12:00-12:50 and the second will be on Tuesday, October 30, 12:00-12:50.
- The course grade will be based upon the exams and the homework assignments. The distribution of points is as follows.
|First Midterm Exam
|| 100 points
|Second Midterm Exam
|| 100 points
- On Exams: No help given or received.
- On Homework: Students are encouraged to work together with one or two classmates and/or to seek help from the instructor. Office hours are on Tuesday, the day before homework is due, and students are strongly encouraged to come by for help. Students should state on their homework paper the names of those with whom they have collaborated. What is important in doing homework is the eventual comprehension of the solution of the problem.
When a student writes up a homework problem it is to be his or her own understanding of how to solve the problem. The solutions that a student submits must be written by him or her alone. Any copying of another person's solutions will be regarded as a violation of the Honor Code.
| Disabilities and Religious Observance
- Students with learning, physical, or psychiatric disabilities enrolled in this course who may need disability-related
accommodations are encouraged to meet with the instructor before the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will
remain confidential, although the
Student Accessibility Services office may be consulted.
- Students who miss classes because of religious observance need not inform the instructor in advance. However, to get full credit for late homework due to religious observance, it is necessary to inform the instructor in advance.