Mathematics 115, Spring, 1998

Professor Ken Ribet

Office hours: Tuesday, 11AM-12:30 PM; Friday, 3:30-5 PM
885 Evans Hall
Office telephone: 642 0648
Fax number: 642 8204
Secretary: 642 5026

Our class meets in 3111 Etcheverry Hall, MWF 11:10AM-noon.


An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers by Ivan Niven, Herbert S. Zuckerman and Hugh L. Montgomery. You want the fifth edition. Publisher is John Wiley & Sons, Inc. This is a classic number theory textbook (``Niven & Zuckerman''), updated by Hugh Montgomery. It is renowned for its excellent problems.

In this course, it is traditional to discuss properties of the integers (factoring, congruences, primitive roots, ...), quadratic reciprocity, and continued fractions. I propose to follow the book in order, covering roughly the first seven chapters.

Some other books on number theory


Please bring blue books to the examinations.


Homework will be assigned roughly every week. The grader expects to grade papers very rapidly. He accepts no late homework!
  1. Assignment due January 26, pp. 17-, 1 (a, c), 2, 4a, 6, 11, 12.
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    Miscellaneous links related to number theory and/or this course

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