MTHSC 410-1 Syllabus
Spring Semester 2003
Time: 11:00 - 12:15 ; Tu,Th.
Location: M104 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 date
listing of office hours.
11:00 - Noon M,W O21 Martin.
OR by appointment (use e-mail).
The texts for this course are:
- ``Number Theory'' by George E. Andrews.
- ``Elementary theory of numbers'' by William J. LeVeque.
Goals and Objectives.
To give the student a concrete introduction to the area of number theory.
The course will cover portions of chapters 1-9 of Andrews and portions of
chapters 1-6 of LeVeque. If time permits we may also cover additional
topics of interest such as public key cryptography.
Please be sure to devote at least six hours per week outside of class to this
The grading in this class will be as follows:
All exams will be cumulative. Click here for
a schedule of examination times.
- 1 In-class Exams 25%
- Homework 40%
- Cumulative Final Exam 35%
The following grading scale will be used:
However one should note that at the present time plus/minus grading is
still in the experimental stages. The grade that will be assigned for each
student will be stripped of the plus/minus; that is grades of A+,A,A- will
all be reported as an A and similarly for the other letter grades. See Clemson
University's official statement on plus/minus grading below for more information.
All grading will be on the basis of your work shown and not on the answer
Clemson's Official Statement on the Trial Period for Plus/Minus Grading
Clemson University is committed to all aspects of academic excellence,
including the exploration of possible improvements to grading policies.
with the 2002 2003 academic year, a trial period for the plus/minus
grading system will be in effect for two years. Although the trial
will be ongoing, only non-plus/minus grades will be used to calculate GPRs.
There will be no effect on transcripts or grade reports, and the data will
be used solely for research purposes.
If at the end of the trial period the plus/minus system is implemented, its
implementation will affect all current students at once; i.e., the change
will be announced in the Undergraduate Announcements for the year in which
it is to take effect. This should ensure that a smooth transition is
For more information on this grading system, please see the Registrar’s
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 misses an
exam due to a documented excused absence, that student's final exam score
will be substituted for the missing exam score. Any student who misses an
exam and cannot provide documentation indicating that the absence was excused
will recieve a 0 for the exam.
You are expected to be regular and punctual in your class attendance. You
are expected to be in your seat at the beginning of the period and to remain
through the period until dismissed.
If the instructor is late, the class should begin a review of homework
problems. After 25 minutes, the class may leave.
As members of the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas Green
Clemson's vision of this institution as a high seminary of learning. Fundamental
to this vision is a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and responsibility,
without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others. Furthermore,
we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson
degree. Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in