Math 7770 Number Theory

Spring 2011

M 6:15-8:45 PM in Mendel Hall 258

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Jen Paulhus
Office: 318 SAC
jennifer [dot] paulhus [at] villanova [dot] edu
web site:
Text: An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers, Niven, Zuckerman, Montgomery
Syllabus: I plan to cover at least Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, and 9 from the book. A pdf version of the syllabus may be found here.

  • Homework: Homework assignments will be due at the beginning of class each week. Assignments will be listed below. Homework is 50% of your grade.

  • Midterm: Instead of a homework assignment due March 7, there will be a take-home midterm which will be worth 20% of your grade.

  • Final: There will be a take-home final which will be due May 2 and will count for 30% of your grade.

  • Any student with a disability who needs special accommodations or other assistance in this course should make an appointment to speak with me as soon as possible.
    Please show up on time for class and please keep cell phones packed away.


    Homework assignments are due at the beginning of the class date listed below. You are welcome to work with others on the homework, but everyone must write their own solutions and please list at the top of the first page the names of anyone with whom you worked or any source (animate or inanimate) from which you received assistance. This is purely for bookkeeping purposes and will not affect your score whatsoever.

    The grading rubric for homework may be found here. It probably does not need to be said at this level but your solutions should be written in complete sentences and with plenty of justification.

    Each assignment will have three parts: "Warmup", "Problems", and "Challenge". You will only be formally graded on the "Problems" section but I will give feedback on anything you want to turn in. The "Challenge" problems will be worth a small bonus, but not enough for them to be done in place of the "Problems" section.

    Solutions are posted on the WebCT page for this course.

    HW  Due date Assignment 
    # 1 January 24 Assignment 1
    # 2 January 31 Assignment 2
    # 3 February 7 Assignment 3
    #4 February 14 Assignment 4
    # 5 February 21 Assignment 5
    March 7 Midterm
    # 6 March 14 Assignment 6
    # 7 March 21 Assignment 7
    #8 March 28 Assignment 8
    # 9 April 4 Assignment 9
    #10 April 11 Assignment 10 (updated 4/6)
    # 11 April 18 Assignment 11
    Final Exam
    May 2 Final Exam



    The midterm and the final exams will be similar to homework problems but you will be required to work on your own and you will not be able to consult sources outside of me, our textbook, or class notes.


    Last Updated: April 12, 2011