# MTHSC 985 Syllabus

Fall Semester 2007

**Time: **1:25 - 2:15 ; M,W,F.

**Location: **M204 Martin.

**Instructor:** Kevin James

**Office: **O-21 Martin Hall

**Phone:**
(864) 656-6766 (office)
(864) 656-3434 (Dept)

**Email: **kevja@clemson.edu

**Web: **http://www.ces.clemson.edu/~kevja/

### Office Hours

Office hours are by appointment. Please email me for an appointment.

### Required Text

The text for this course is ``A classical intorduction to modern number
theory'' by K. Ireland and M. Rosen.

### Goals and Objectives.

To give the student a substantial introduction to the area of number
theory
and prepare them for more advanced topics such as: algebraic
number
theory, class field theory, elliptic curves, etc.

### Course Contents.

I will cover selected topics form chapters 1-10 of the text. We
will
cover other sections of interest to the class as time permits.

### Time Requirements.

Please be sure to devote at least six hours per week outside of class
to
this course.

### Grading Policies

The grading in this class will be as follows:
- 1 midterm Exam 25%
- Homework 40%
- Cumulative Final Exam 35%

All exams will be cumulative. The following grading scale will be
used:

A 90-100

B 80-99

C 70-79

D 60-69

F <60

### Attendance Policy.

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.

### Academic Integrity

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 any form.