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Numbers, Equations, and Proofs

MAT 214

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An introduction to classical number theory, to prepare for higher-level courses in the department. Topics include Pythagorean triples and sums of squares, unique factorization, Chinese remainder theorem, arithmetic of Gaussian integers, finite fields and cryptography, arithmetic functions and quadratic reciprocity. There will be a topic, chosen by the instructor, from more advanced or more applied number theory: possibilities include p-adic numbers, cryptography, and Fermat's Last Theorem. This course is suitable both for students preparing to enter the Mathematics Department and for non-majors interested in exposure to higher mathematics.
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Section C01