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MT4519   Number Theory

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass MT2505 and ( pass MT3501 or pass MT3502 or pass MT3503 or pass MT3504 or pass MT3505 )

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1 tutorial (weeks 2 - 11).

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr T D H Coleman
Module teaching staff: Dr Thomas Coleman