Catalogue 2012 - 2013

MATH 377 Elementary Number Theory

Credits

3 cr.

Prerequisite

MATH 251 or MATH 282 or permission.

Course Description

This is the study of integers and their properties. The course provides a simple account of classical number theory as well as some of its historical background including divisibility; greatest common divisors; prime factorization; congruences; theorems of Wilson, Fermat, and Euler; pseudoprimes; multiplicative functions; and primitive roots. Other topics include recent applications of the classical subject area in cryptology and computer science.

Notes

This course is a prerequisite.

Distribution

MR

Offered

in alternate spring semesters.