Elementary Number Theory

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Elementary Number Theory

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Elementary Number Theory
    Module code: 6CCM224B
    Semester: Semester 2 (spring)
    Module description:
    Aims and objectives:
    The aim of this module is to give an introduction to elementary number theory and to further develop the algebraic techniques met in 'Introduction to Abstract Algebra'. By introducing several new concepts in the concrete setting of rational integers, this module is a good preparation for more demanding modules in number theory and algebra.
    Pre-requisites 4CCM121A or 5CCM121B Introduction to Abstract Algebra
    Review of divisibility, prime numbers and congruences. Residue class rings, Euler's ?-function, primitive roots. Quadratic residues and quadratic reciprocity law. Irrational and transcendental numbers. Sums of squares. Some Diophantine equations. If time permits we will also learn about the 'AKS' algorithm for primality testing.
    Credit level: 6
    Credit value: 15
    Assessment: written examination/s; coursework;

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