A course in some of the more elementary aspects of algebraic number theory, from a classical perspective. The main strands are continued fractions, binary quadratic forms and modular arithmetic. The theory of continued fractions serves as a unifying theme as well as a source of algorithms. Applications include the representation of primes as sums of squares and the solution of Pell's equation.
Unit value | 1 cu |
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Level | 2/3 |
Semester | 6 |
Timetable | C 21,23,32 (17) |
Prerequisites | Disc Maths |
Assessment | 10% cwk+90% final exam |
Lecturer | Dr F Vivaldi |
Author: Dr J. Radcliffe Last updated 3 November 1999 |