Lectures: | MWF 12:10-1:00pm, 147 Olson (Schilling) |
Discussion Sessions: | MAT 115A-001, CRN 59281, T 6:10-7:00pm in CHEM 00176 |
Instructor: | Anne Schilling, MSB 3222, phone: 554-2326,
anne@math.ucdavis.edu
Office hours: Wednesdays 2-3pm; feel free to ask me questions after each class |
T.A.: | Nate Gallup, MSB 3204
npgallup@math.ucdavis.edu
Office hours: Thursdays 5-7pm |
Text: | I will mostly follow K.H. Rosen,
Elementary Number Theory,
Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-321-50031-8, Sixth Edition, 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 Fridays 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 SageMathCloud. 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 Friday October 30 in class.
The Final exam will be on Friday, December 11 at 8:00 am in Wellman 202.
There will be no make-up exams! |
Grading: | The final grade will be based on:
Problem sets 30%, Midterm 30%, Final 40%.
Grades will be recorded on SmartSite. |
Web: | http://www.math.ucdavis.edu/~anne/FQ2015/115A.html |
Bed Time Reading: | If you would like some bedtime reading related to math, I can recommend two really good books by Simon Singh: "Fermat's Last Theorem" and "The Code Book". Also, Ed Frenkel's book "Love and Math" is worth a read! There is a recent movie Counting from Infinity about Yitang Zhang and his breakthrough towards a proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture. |