# MTHSC 985 Syllabus

Fall Semester 2003

**Time: **12:30 - 1:45 ; Tu, Th.

**Location: **M103 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

These hours are subject to change. Check my webpagefor an up to date
listing of office hours.
4:30-5:30 Tu,Th O21 Martin.

OR by appointment (use e-mail).

### Required Text

The text for this course is ``Primes of the form x^2 + ny^2'' by David A.
Cox.

### Goals and Objectives.

To give the student a substantial introduction to the area of algebraic number
theory including class-field theory and elliptic curves and to prepare them
for more advanced topics and independent research.

### Course Contents.

I will cover chapters 1 and 2 of the text in their entirety. We will
continure into chapter 3 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:
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.