math_class: Number Theory 101 (Introduction)
How is this going to go?
My name is Patrick (patrickwonders on LiveJournal). I've tutored many folks one-on-one and I've written a few articles on PlanetMath. This, however, is my first foray into lecturing (on math) to a group of people that I don't already know pretty well. So, make it to bring to my attention anything that I pass over too lightly or beat into the ground.
I'm going to shoot for a new lecture every Thursday evening
(GMT). Some of the lectures will be longer than others depending
upon the depth of the material being discussed. I will give
problems for people to practice with when appropriate. I'll post
the solutions to the problems on Monday evening (GMT). On
LiveJournal, I will keep the body of the lessons and all problem
What are we going to learn?
I'm going to work mostly out of two books called Elementary Number Theory---one by Burton, the other by Jones and Jones. I will probably follow along through the topics of Burton spritzing in other stuff in appropriate places. I will keep a running bibliography here:
You will not need any particular textbook for this class.
I'm more than willing to take requests. But, at the very least, I hope to cover divisibility in the integers, the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic, Fermat's Little Theorem, RSA Encryption, a survey of Prime Factorization methods, an intro to the Discrete Logarithm problem, continued fractions, partitions, the Riemann Zeta Function, and some information about Fermat's Last Theorem. I plan on liberally sprinkling the lectures with mentions of unsolved problems in Number Theory.