Number Theory

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Number Theory

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Mathematics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    - The student is able to perform basic number theoretic calculations (including congruence arithmetic, primes, continued fractions algorithm, arithmetic functions, Jacobi symbols, constructions of rational points on conic sections and cubic curves from other rational points) to solve concrete problems.
    - The student knows some central applications, open problems, and related directions in number theory (including factorization, cryptography, abc-conjecture, Mason-Stothers theorem) and can analyze their consequences for specific situations.
    - The student knows fundamental number theoretic concepts and theorems (including primitive roots, quadratic reciprocity, Diophantine
    equations, some algebraic number theory, continued fractions) and can solve problems/create proofs about and with those in explicit
    situations.

    COURSE CONTENT
    The following subjects will be treated: 

    - integers, primes, prime distribution
    - congruences, primitive roots
    - primality tests, factorization
    - public key cryptography
    - quadratic reciprocity
    - Diophantine equations, abc-conjecture
    - algebraic numbers, algebraic integers
    - continued fractions

    Next to a theoretical approach, practical/algorithmic aspects will also
    be covered. The mathematics software system "SageMath" will be used to
    illustrate some explicit number theoretic calculations.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures and exercise sessions

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Homework assignments (25%) and a final written exam (75%)

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    Basic knowledge of groups, rings, and fields is essential.

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