Dalhousie University
MATH 3070
Theory of Numbers
Course Information, Fall 2008

The Final Exam Schedule is available here. The exam will be on Friday December 5 at 3:30 PM.

Here is a list of some practice problems. Note that it is not an exhaustive accounting of examinable topics, but is only intended to give extra practice on some of the key ideas and theorems covered in the course.

General Information:

Instructor: Dr. O-Yeat Chan
E-mail address: math@oyeat.com
Course website: http://www.oyeat.com/courses/math3070/
Office: Chase 251
Office hours: Wed 1400-1530 / Thurs 1430-1630 / By appointment
Office phone: 494-3896
Class hours: Tues / Thurs 1305-1425
Class meets at: LSC-Psych P5208
Text: James Tattersall, Elementary Number Theory in Nine Chapters, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-61524-0.

Important information about the course, as well as any updates, will be posted to the website.

Course Description:

Math 3070 is intended to be a first course in the theory of numbers, serving as an introduction to the subject. In this course, we will discuss the major theorems in elementary number theory and examine the diversity of problems in the field. It is expected that you are familiar with basic proof techniques such as mathematical induction. Knowledge of calculus is an asset but not required.


We will cover the following topics

Grading Policy:

The course grade will be determined as follows:
Homework 15%
Midterms 25% x 2
Final exam 35%
Total 100%

Your final grade will be determined using the following grading scale (slightly modified from the default Faculty of Science conversion scheme):
Score 90-100 85-89.9 80-84.9 76-79.9 72-75.9 68-71.9 65-67.9 62-64.9 58-61.950-57.9 below 50
Grade A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C-D F


Homework will be assigned weekly and will be worth 15% of the course grade. The lowest homework score will be dropped.

Homework 1 is due Tuesday September 16. Solutions
Homework 2 is due Thursday September 25. Solutions
Homework 3 is due Thursday October 2. Solutions
Homework 4 is due Thursday October 23. Solutions
Homework 5 is due Thursday October 30. Solutions
Homework 6 is due Thursday November 27. Solutions


There will be two midterm exams worth 25% each, to be given in class on Tuesdays October 7 and November 4. There will be no make-up exams except in very exceptional cases.

Solutions to Midterm 1.
Solutions to Midterm 2.

The Final Exam:

The final examination will be worth 35% of the course grade and will cover everything in the course. It will be held on Friday December 5 at 3:30 PM. There will be no make-up exams except in very exceptional cases. If your final exam score is higher than your lowest midterm score, the final exam score will replace that midterm score in the calculation of your final grade.

Getting Extra Help:

You are always welcome to stop by my office during the day or make an appointment to see me. I can also be reached by e-mail at math@oyeat.com. I will try to respond to your questions within 24-48 hours.

Students with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities should register as quickly as possible at Student Accessibility Services if they want to receive academic accommodations. To do so please phone 494-2836, e-mail disabilities@dal.ca, or drop in at the Killam, G28.