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MAT 366 Number Theory 4cr

The study of numbers dates back to the ancient Greek mathematicians. In this course, we will investigate both the classical and modern theory of numbers. In particular, we will explore the intergers, and examine issues such as primes, divisibility, congruences, primitive roots, quadratic residules, and quadratic reciprocity, while considering questions about them that are simple to understand, but can be quite difficult to answer. Upon successful completion of this course the student will have gained proficiency in the variety of number theoretic techniques and computations as well as become skilled in some applications such as cryptography and coding theory.
Triad: Mathematics.