Lectures: | MWF 1:10-2:00pm, 158 Olson (Schilling) |
Discussion Sessions: | MAT 115A-A01, CRN 68686, T 3:10-4:00P in Haring 1204 (Fineman)
MAT 115A-A01, CRN 83500, T 3:10-4:00P in OLSON 207 (Li) |
Instructor: | Anne Schilling, MSB 3222, phone: 554-2326,
anne@math.ucdavis.edu
Office hours: Mondays 3-4pm, Wednesdays 2-3pm |
T.A.: | Ben Fineman, MSB 3123
fineman@math.ucdavis.edu
Office hours: Mondays 10-11am Lingyun Li, MSB 3139 llyli@math.ucdavis.edu Office hours: Tuesdays 4:10-5:10pm |
Text: | I will mostly follow K.H. Rosen,
Elementary Number Theory,
Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-321-23707-2, but I will not require
students to purchase the book!
Another very good book, which is available free of charge, is by William Stein Elementary Number Theory: Primes, Congruences, and Secrets. We will use this book in particular for Sage examples. |
Pre-requisite: | MAT 21B |
Problem Sets: | There will be weekly homework assignments due on Wednesdays at the beginning of class.
You are encouraged to discuss the homework problems with other students. However, the homeworks that you hand in should reflect your own understanding of the material. You are NOT allowed to copy solutions from other students or other sources. If you need help with the problems, come to the discussion session and office hours! The best way to learn mathematics is by working with it yourself. No late homeworks will be accepted. A random selection of homework problems will be graded. |
Computing: | During class, I will illustrate some results using the open source computer algebra system Sage. When you follow the link, you can try it out yourself using Sage Online Notebook. Or you can sign up for a Class Account with the math department. Log into fuzzy.math.ucdavis.edu and type the command `sage` to launch a Sage session in the terminal. |
Exams: | There will be one Midterm on October 27 in class and one Take-home Midterm in the week of November 15.
The Final exam will be Wednesday, December 8, from 8:00-10:00am, in 179 Chemistry (not the usual classroom!).
There will be no make-up exams! |
Grading: | The final grade will be based on:
Problem sets 20%, Midterms 20% each, Final 40%.
Grades will be recorded on SmartSite. |
Web: | http://www.math.ucdavis.edu/~anne/FQ2010/mat115A.html |
Bed Time Reading: | If you would like some bedtime reading related to this class, I can recommend two really good books by Simon Singh: "Fermat's Last Theorem" and "The Code Book". |