Instructor: Dr. Csaba SZABÓ
Text: Selected chapters of Melvyn B. Nathanson: Elementary Methods in Number Theory and printed handouts
Prerequisite: None, but general mathematical experience up tothe level of elementary algebra and calculus is expected.
Course description: The course provides an introduction to adiscipline rich in interesting solved and
unsolved problems, some dating back to very ancient times. This isa course going deep into the beauties of this wonderful
subject. The beginning of the course corresponds to an introducto rylevel but it becomes more demanding as we proceed. We
conclude with an outlook to certain aspects of advanced number theory.The lectures are accompanied with a large collection of
problems of varying difficulty. Some effort is devoted to master the techniques of strict mathematical reasoning.
Basic notions, ivisibility, greatest common divisor, least common multiple, euclidean algorithm, infinity of primes, congruences, residue systems, unique factorization.
Congruences, Euler's function f(n), Euler--Fermat Theorem, linear and quadratic congruences, Chinese Remainder Theorem,
primitive roots modulo p, congruences of higher degree,power residues, very special cases of Dirichlet's theorem.
Quadratic residues, sums of two or four squares, Legendre-symboland its properties, quadratic reciprocity, quadratic forms.
Arithmetical functions. Multiplicativity and additivity, explicit formulae for f(n),d(n), and s(n), ``Valley Theorem'' and average order, perfect numbers.
Diophantine equations: linear equation, Pythagorean triplets,Fermat's Last Theorem, representation as sum of squares, some typical methods for solving Diophantine equations.
Algebraic and transcendental numbers, algebraic integers, Gaussian integers, complex numbers, roots of unity.
Cyclotomic polynomials, unique factorization of polynomials.Primitive root revisited, some more cases of Dirchlet's theorem.
Quadratic number fields, unique factorization.
Remark. If the number of students registering for the introductory number theory courses will be below 15 we'll join the two number theory courses.