Welcome to Tom Roby's Math 3600 homepage! (Winter 1999)

(last updated: 18 February 1999)

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Class Information

Coordinates: Lectures meet Tues/Thur. 4:00--5:50 (10275) in WA UM08.

Text: Burton, David M. Elementary Number Theory (4th Ed.) McGraw-Hill, 1998.

Grading: There will be weekly homework assignments, weekly quizzes, one midterm exam given in class and a final. Late homework will not be accepted, and no makeup exams will be given, but your lowest two quiz and lowest two homework scores will be dropped. If you have to miss an exam for some reason, please see me beforehand as soon as possible. The breakdown of points is:

Homework Quizzes Midterm Final
25% 25% 20% 30%

Quizzes: There will be a short quiz at the end of class each Tuesday on the assigned reading. I will try to be very specific about what you should know. If you're not sure, please ask!

Midterm Exam: Tuesday February 9 in class. Please rearrange your schedule now if necessary. It will cover material through Section 5.4 of Burton.

Final Exam: Thursday March 18 4:00--5:50.

Content: Number theory is one of the most beautiful subjects in all of mathematics. Our goal is to cover most of chapters 1--9 of Burton, culminating in Gauss's law of quadratic reciprocity. Other topics as time permits.

The only way to learn mathematics is by doing it! Complete each assignment to the best of your ability, and get help when you are confused. Come to class prepared with questions, having read the text with pencil and paper at hand. Don't hesitate to seek help from other students. Sometimes the point of view of someone who has just figured something out can be the most helpful.


All homework assignments are listed on the date due. (The ones more than two weeks into the future are tentative.)


Quizzes cover material in Burton unless otherwise specified. Make sure you know the basic definitions and understand the statements of the theorems. (Look for anything in boldface print ).

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