Spring 2023

Number Theory

Listed in: Mathematics and Statistics, as MATH-250


Chris Elliott (Section 01)


An introduction to the theory of rational integers; divisibility, the unique factorization theorem; congruences, quadratic residues. Selections from the following topics: cryptology; Diophantine equations; asymptotic prime number estimates; continued fractions; algebraic integers. Four class hours per week. Offered in alternate years.

Requisite: MATH 121 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Call. 

How to handle overenrollment: Preference is given to math majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Problem sets, In-class group work, In-class quizzes or exams, Take-home exams.

MATH 250 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SMUD 204
W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SMUD 204
F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SMUD 204


Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2023, Spring 2025