Math 410: Number Theory

Instructor: Hemanshu Kaul

Office: 234B, Engineering 1
Phone: (312) 567-3128
E-mail: kaul [at]

Time: 3:15pm, Tuesday & Thursday.
Place: 106, Engineering 1 Bldg.

Office Hours: 1pm-2pm Tuesday and Thursday, walk-ins, and by appointment. Emailed questions are also encouraged.

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Course Information:

The Course Information Handout has extensive description of the course - topics, textbook, student evaluation policy, as well as other relevant information. Read it carefully!

What is this course really about? Required reading.

The official course syllabi: MATH 410.

Advice for students:

Excellent advice by Doug West on how to write homework solutions in a course like this, and on how to write homework solutions for proof-based problems.

Why do we have to learn proofs?
Understanding Mathematics - a study guide
On a more abstract note, here is a discussion of Language and Grammar of Mathematics - which is what you are starting to learn in a course like this.

Excellent advice for math majors, especially those planning to go on to graduate school, by Terry Tao, 2006 Fields medallist. Required reading.

Class Announcements:


Homework Assignments:

You only have to submit solutions to written problems.
However, solving a majority of the suggested problems is strongly encouraged. Solving these problems will improve your understanding of the course material and better prepare you for the exams.

Important Policy: For solving HW problems, you can only use the methods/ Theorems studied in class till the day of the HW assignment. If you use some other fact/ or another exercise, you have to prove that first.

Class Log & Handouts:

Links for Additional Information:

  • Different Areas of Number Theory
  • Wikipedia : Number Theory
  • Mathworld : Number Theory Dictionary
  • Planet Math : Number Theory
  • Math Atlas : Number Theory
  • Ask Dr. Math
  • Primes Page

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