MA214 NUMBER THEORY Spring 1998

PROFESSOR: George L. Ashline

TEXTBOOK: Dudley. Elementary Number Theory, second edition, W.H. Freeman and Company.

CLASS MEETS: M, W, F from 8:30-9:20 AM in Jeanmarie 373

OFFICE: Jeanmarie 261, Phone: 654-2434

OFFICE HOURS: M,W from 1:30 to 3 PM and T,F from 1:30 to 2:30 PM; additionally, feel free to make appointments for other times.

HOMEWORK: Problems will be assigned regularly. Each problem set will have a specified due date. LATE PROBLEM SETS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. You are strongly encouraged to keep up with the material on your problem sets. If you are having difficulty with some of the new concepts, try to resolve your questions early on before they have a chance to grow. You are welcome to stop by my office to ask questions and discuss what is going on.

EXAMS: There will be three in-class exams during the semester and a comprehensive final exam. The tentative schedule for the exams is:

Exam 1 Friday, February 6
Exam 2 Friday, March 13
Exam 3 Friday, April 17
Final Exam Monday, May 4; 9-11:30 AM


Absence from an exam without an official excuse will result in no credit being given for that exam. If you know of a conflict with any of the exam times, let me know of it as soon as possible before the exam is to take place.

GRADING: Grades will be based on homework and on the four exams according to the following distribution:

Homework 120 points
Highest 2 semester exams 200 points
Lowest semester exam 50 points
Final Exam 110 points

Thus, the final grade will be based on a total of 480 points. If there are any changes made in the above information (for example, a test date being moved), it is your responsibility to know them.

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