Math 104B: Number Theory II (winter 2012)

This is the second course in the Number Theory sequence. It presumes familiarity with Math 104A (Number Theory I). It will focus on characters, primitive roots, continued fractions, diophantine equations, quadratic forms and quadratic reciprocity.

Meeting times:
Instructor: Alina Bucur
Office: AP&M 7131
Office hours: M 5-6pm, W 10-11am
                    and by appointment
TA: Chris Briggs
Office: AP&M 6321
Office hours: M 11am-12pm, Tu 10-11am.

Required text: H.M. Stark Introduction To Number Theory, The MIT Press.
It is available at the UCSD bookstore and the usual online sources (like Amazon). It is the same text as last quarter, so used copies should be available also. It will be on reserve at the S&E library.
I will also cover a fair bit of material that does not appear in the textbook. I will provide notes for everything, posted as one cumulative file. (Please report typos!)

Homework: Assigned weekly, due in section at the beginning of the discussion or in the relevant homework box located in the basement of AP&M BEFORE the start of the discussion. Chris will collect the homeworks from the box on his way to class.

Quizzes: There will be one or two quizzes, during lecture, to be announced at least a week in advance. They will be based on homework.

Midterm exam: Wednesday, February 15 in lecture.

Final exam: Friday, March 23, 11:30am-2:30pm, HSS 1128A. Please note that by signing up for this course, you are agreeing to sit for the final examination at this date and time. The exam will cover material from the whole course, but weighted towards material not included on the midterm.

Grading: 30% homework + quizzes, 30% midterm, 40% final exam.
No textbooks, calculators are allowed during exams, but you may bring one 8 1/2 by 11 page of notes (both sides).
No make-up exams will be given and no late homework will be accepted. Cheating on an exam results in 0 points for that exam, as well as further disciplinary action. Please read very carefully the following ACADEMIC INTEGRITY GUIDELINES.