Instructor | Paul Vojta |
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Lectures | MWF 10–11, Evans 736 |

Class Number | 22425 |

Office | 883 Evans |

E-Mail: | vojta@math.berkeley.edu |

Office Hours | MWF 11:30–12:30 excluding non-instructional days. Please email me to set up a time to meet if you cannot make any of these times. |

GSI Office Hours | The GSI for Math 254B is Rahul Dalal. He will hold office hours on MTuF 2–3 (omitting Wednesdays) and Thursdays 10–11 and 1–3, in 1041 Evans. |

Prerequisites | Math 254A |

Required Text | J. Neukirch,
Algebraic number theory, Springer, 2010 |

Catalog Description | Valuations, units, and ideals in number fields, ramification theory, quadratic and cyclotomic fields, topics from class field theory, zeta-functions and L-series, distribution of primes, modular forms, quadratic forms, diophantine equations, p-adic analysis, and transcendental numbers. |

Syllabus | I plan to cover Class Field Theory, as given in Chapters IV–VI of the textbook. |

Grading | Grades will be based on homework assignments, and possibly in-class quizzes. There will be no final exam, but the last problem set will be due sometime during the week of final exams. |

Homework | Weekly or biweekly, assigned in class |

No. | Date | Title | Download | |
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1 | January 27 | Synopsis of class field theory | dvi |

Solutions will be posted on bCourses after each assignment has been graded.

To submit your assignments, use bCourses. I have set it to accept only pdf files.

- If you type your homework on the computer (e.g., using LaTeX), then you should be able to create a pdf file directly on the computer and upload it.
- If you handwrite your homework, you can use a scanner or your phone's camera to take pictures of your written work, then combine these images into a single PDF file with an app or website such as https://smallpdf.com/jpg-to-pdf.

No. | Due | Assignment | Notes | |
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1 | 1/31 | pp. 367–368: 3, 11, 12, 13. | For #3, I_{f}^{1} is defined
in the proof of (1.11), and the completion of ℤ is defined on
page 272 (Example 4). | |

2 | 2/7 | p. 368: 14; p. 265: 4, 5; p. 274: 3(nc). | For the second problem, note that profinite group is defined on page 264. | |

3 | 2/14 | dvi | Exercise 4 on page 290 is no longer assigned. | |

4 | 2/28 | dvi | This replaces the earlier Homework 4, originally due on Feb. 21 | |

5 | 3/6 | p. 298–299: 1, 3 | Hint for #1: Use the method of the proof of Proposition (5.5),
with one of the factors σ_{i} replaced by
an element of G(L-tilde/K-tilde).Also for #1: There's a sign error. Show instead that r(σ)=_{L/K}N(y)^{-1}. | |

6 | 3/20 | dvi | Correction (3/14): For the last question, assume that G
is finite cyclic. | |

7 | 4/3 | dvi |

The following policies apply to the homework assignments.

- Discussion and the exchange of ideas are essential to doing academic work. For assignments in this course, you are encouraged to consult with your classmates as you work on problem sets. However, after discussions with peers, make sure that you can work through the problem yourself and ensure that any answers you submit for evaluation are the result of your own efforts. In addition, you must cite any books, articles, websites, lectures, etc. that have helped you with your work using appropriate citation practices (other than class lectures and corresponding parts of the textbook). Similarly, you must list the names of students with whom you have collaborated on problem sets. (This paragraph was adapted from http://oue.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k18059&pageid=icb.page498261, accessed on 28 January 2013.)
- As an exception to the above, you may not collaborate on problems marked “(nc).”
- For problems from the book, you may use without proof any lower-numbered exercises from the same section or any exercises from sections covered earlier. For other exercises, you may use without proof any exercises from earlier sections in the book; for the current section(s), ask. For any exercises, if you weren't able to do an exercise or part of an exercise, you may still assume that it holds for subsequent exercises or parts.
- Credit may be reduced if you look up the answer in some other source (as opposed to using the material from elsewhere to aid in your understanding), or if you look ahead in the textbook.

Last updated **27 March 2020**