Theory of Numbers

Fall 2014



Course Info

Instructor: Swastik Kopparty (

Class Time and Place: Mondays and Thursdays, 10:20am Ė 11:40am, in SEC-218.

Office Hours: Monday 12:00-1:00 (Hill 432)

Prerequisites: Calculus 3, familiarity with proofs at the level of Math 300 highly recommended.


References: online sources, links will be posted.

         Elementary Number Theory (Edwin Clark)

         More coming soon ..




This course is an introduction to number theory. We will see some of the amazing results of great number theorists such as Euclid, Fermat, Euler, Lagrange, Legendre and Gauss.


Topics include:






There will be quizzes every 1-2 weeks.

There will be homework every 1-2 weeks.

There will be a final exam.


The lowest homework grade will be dropped.

The lowest two quiz grades will be dropped.



HW: 30%, quizzes: 35%, final: 35%, class participation: up to 10% bonus.

Other class policy


No laptops, tablets, phones, smartwatches etc. can be used during class.


You can discuss homework problems with classmates, but write-ups must be completely your own.

You must list all the people with whom you worked on the homework problems.

You are not allowed to use internet sources for the homework problems.


Late homework will not be accepted unless arrangements are made beforehand.

Requests for turning homework in late will not be granted without a note from a doctor / dean.


Missed quizzes cannot be made up.



FINAL EXAM STUDY GUIDE (last updated: Monday, December 8)






Lecture Schedule