TITLE: Honors Introductory Number Theory

CLASS TIME and ROOM: MW 11:00am-12:20pm, Room HC 115

TEXT: Elementary Number Theory 7th ed. David Burton, 2011 (ISBN:9780073383149)

PROFESSOR: Dr. Warren Wm. McGovern

OFFICE & PHONE: HC 162 MSC & 6-8028

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OFFICE HOURS: Mondays 12:30--2:00pm, Wednesdays 9:30am -- 11:00am


CONTENT: The basic theory of divisibility and congruences. The theorems of Fermat, Euler and Wilson. Quadratic residues.

CLASS STRUCTURE: The class will be mostly run in a lecture style format though the instructor encourages discussions and questions concerning the material. Some days will be used for collaborative efforts. A detailed list will be kept on Blackboard and my webpage. Though the homework will only occassionally be collected and graded, the student is expected to do all the problems as this will aid in the student's understanding of the material. Please feel free to come to office hours if you have additional questions about the homework.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance is expected. If a student misses a class meeting it is his/her responsibility to obtain the class notes either from another student or from the instructor during regularly scheduled office hours. If a student misses more than 5 classes, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by one letter.However, the latter usually means the student will be given the sections that were covered. All exams will be taken as scheduled, unless prior arrangements are made, with at least 48 hours of advance notice. I, and only I, have the right to agree to giving a makeup exam.

EXAM SCHEDULE: There will be some pop quizzes, three tests, and a final examination. The three tests and final exam will take place during the regurlarly scheduled class time on the following dates unless otherwise noted.

Date Day Event
September 21th Wednesday Test 1
October 19th Wednesday Test 2
November 16th Wednesday Test 3
December 7th Wednesday, 10:30am-1:00pm Final Exam
Each test/exam will be cummulative and knowledge of previous material is essential. The quizzes will cover material since the previous quiz. I will try to be as straightforward as possible with regards to the material covered over the quizzes, tests, and exam.

EVALUATION: Throughout the course the student will have opportunities to gain and lose points. The most common examples of gaining points (but not limited to) are through the pop quizzes, homework promlems, tests, final exams, extra-credit problems, and class participation. The most common examples of losing points (but not limited to) are not taking a quiz, test, or final, or an unsatisfactory attendance record. At the end of the semester if the student's (net) point total is greater than or equal to 90% of the total possible number of points then the student will have earned an A. The rest of the grades are as follows 80%-89.9% B, 70%-79.9% C, 60%-69.9% D, below 60% F. The cutoffs for plusses and minuses will be determined later.

Collaboration and the Honor Code: You are expected to adhere to the Honor Code (see You must document all sources.

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to change/alter/add/delete any statement from this syllabus in hopes of creating a more enjoyable/equitable course.