Introduction to Number Theory

An introduction to classical number theory including topics such as prime numbers, unique factorization, congruences, Fermat’s, Wilson’s and Euler’s theorems, perfect numbers, primitive roots, quadratic congruences, the law of quadratic reciprocity, Fermat’s conjecture, and the Fermat-Pell equation. The course involves problem solving, writing proofs and student-projects on various topics in number theory.

Offered spring term of odd-numbered years