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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
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MAT 218-01 - Discrete Bridges to Advanced Mathematics: Number Theory

4 credits (Spring)
Number theory is one of the oldest branches of mathematics, far older than Calculus. The subject, at its most basic, asks questions about the integers. For instance, how are the prime numbers distributed among the integers?  What are integer solutions to a particular polynomial equation? Which integers can be expressed as the sum of two squares? We will learn about topics such as divisibility, congruences, and quadratic reciprocity, which will help us answer questions like these. Along the way, we will discuss counting techniques and related discrete topics. Proof writing and creative problem solving will be heavily emphasized.

Prerequisite: MAT 215 .
Instructor: Paulhus