MTHSC 410-1 Syllabus
Spring Semester 2004
Time: 11:15 - 12:05 ; M,W,F.
Location: E001 Martin.
Instructor: Kevin James
Office: O-21 Martin Hall
Phone:(864) 656-6766 (office)
(864) 656-3434 (Dept)
These hours are subject to change. Check my webpagefor an up to
listing of office hours.
11:00 - Noon Tu, Th O21 Martin.
OR by appointment (use e-mail).
The text for this course is ``Factorization and Primality Testing'' by
David M. Bressoud
Goals and Objectives.
I will attempt to give students a concrete introduction to basic number
theory while introducing them to important applications such as public
key cryptography and factorization algorithms.
The course will cover portions of chapters 1-9 and if time permits we
will cover selected material from later chapters of the text.
Please be sure to devote at least six hours per week outside of class
The grading in this class will be as follows:
All exams will be cumulative. Click here for
a schedule of examination times.
- 2 In-class Exams 15% each
- Homework 35%
- Cumulative Final Exam 35%
The following grading scale will be used:
However one should note that at the present time plus/minus grading
still in the experimental stages. The grade that will be assigned for
student will be stripped of the plus/minus; that is grades of A+,A,A-
all be reported as an A and similarly for the other letter grades. See
University's official statement on plus/minus grading below for more
All grading will be on the basis of your work shown and not on the
Clemson's Official Statement on the Trial Period for Plus/Minus
Clemson University is committed to all aspects of academic
including the exploration of possible improvements to grading
with the 2002 2003 academic year, a trial period for the
grading system will be in effect for two years. Although the
will be ongoing, only non-plus/minus grades will be used to calculate
There will be no effect on transcripts or grade reports, and the data
be used solely for research purposes.
If at the end of the trial period the plus/minus system is implemented,
implementation will affect all current students at once; i.e., the
will be announced in the Undergraduate Announcements for the year in
it is to take effect. This should ensure that a smooth transition
For more information on this grading system, please see the
web site atwww.registrar.clemson.edu.
Absolutely NO late homework will be accepted and there will beNo
make-ups for missed quizes or exams. In the event, that a student
exam due to a documented excused absence, that student's final exam
will be substituted for the missing exam score. Any student who misses
exam and cannot provide documentation indicating that the absence was
will recieve a 0 for the exam.
You are expected to be regular and punctual in your class attendance.
are expected to be in your seat at the beginning of the period and to
through the period until dismissed.
If the instructor is late, the class should begin a review of
problems. After 25 minutes, the class may leave.
As members of the Clemson University community, we have inherited
Clemson's vision of this institution as a high seminary of learning.
to this vision is a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and
without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others.
we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a
degree. Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing