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MT4519 Number Theory

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:10.00 am Mon (even weeks), Tue and Thu

The aim of this module is to introduce students to some important topics in number theory. Topics to be covered may include: prime numbers, cryptography, continued fractions, Pell's equation, the Gaussian integers and writing numbers as sums of squares.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all programmes in the School.

UG Pre-requisite(s):(MT2505 or MT2002) and one of MT3501 - MT3505

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1 tutorial (weeks 2 - 11).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 115

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 100%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 0%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 100%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:TBC
Module teaching staff:TBC