MTHSC 985 Syllabus
Fall Semester 2002
Time: 12:30 - 1:45 ; Tu, Th.
Location: M204 Martin.
Instructor: Kevin James
Office: O-21 Martin Hall
(864) 656-6766 (office)
(864) 656-3434 (Dept)
These hours are subject to change. Check my webpage
an up to date listing of office hours.
1:45-2:45 Tu,Th O21 Martin.
OR by appointment (use e-mail).
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.
I will cover chapters 1-5 of the text in their entirety. We will
cover other sections of interest to the class as time permits.
Please be sure to devote at least six hours per week outside of class to
The grading in this class will be as follows:
All exams will be cumulative. Click here for
a schedule of examination times.
1 midterm Exam 35%
Cumulative Final Exam 40%
The following grading scale will be used:
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 any form.