MAT 311 — Spring 2011 Problem Sets MAT 311 — Spring 2011 Syllabus MAT 311 — Spring 2011 Exams

MAT 311 Course Webpage
Number Theory

Spring 2011

  • Problem sets
  • Exams
  • Syllabus

  • Course Announcements
  • Course Description
  • Prerequisites
  • Text
  • Lectures
  • Office Hours
  • Grading System
  • Hand-backs
  • Disability Support Services
  • Academic Integrity
  • Critical Incident Management

  • Course Announcements Announcements about the course will be posted here. Please check the site regularly for announcements (which will also be given in lecture and/or in recitation).

    Course Description The description in the undergraduate bulletin: Congruences, quadratic residues, quadratic forms, continued fractions, Diophantine equations, number-theoretical functions, and properties of prime numbers.

    Prerequisites A grade of C or higher in MAT 312 or 313 or 318; a grade of C or higher in MAT 200 or permission of instructor.

    Text Ivan Niven, Herbert S. Zuckerman, Hugh L. Montgomery, An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers available at the University Bookstore @ Stony Brook. I will ask for a copy of the textbook to be placed on reserve in the Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy Library. You are also encouraged to look for new or used copies of the textbook through alternative retailers. This is the same textbook used in the past, and I am sure there are good bargains to be had.

    Lectures The instructor for this course is Jason Starr. All instruction will occur in lectures. There are assigned readings in the syllabus which are to be completed before lecture. During lecture the instructor and the students will discuss the material in those readings, there will be exercises to practice the material, etc. For the lectures to be effective, you must complete the assigned reading from the syllabus before lecture.

    Lecture is held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:20 PM — 3:40PM in Chemistry 128.

    Office Hours

    Students are advised that the MLC hours are general tutoring hours for all undergraduate math students seeking help. Students are helped on a first-come first-served basis, so I may need to help calculus students before I can help MAT 311 students. So it is preferrable to come to the office hours in Math P-143 or Math 4-108.

    For exceptional occasions when students cannot make the usual office hours, students may e-mail Jason Starr to schedule an appointment.

    Grading System The relative significance of exams and problem sets in determining final grades is as follows.

    Midterm 1
    Midterm 2
    Problem Sets 1 — 10
    20% (= 2% x 10)
    Final Exam

    Hand-backs Graded problem sets and exams will be handed back in lecture. If you cannot attend the lecture in which a problem set or exam is handed back, it is your responsibility to contact your instructor and arrange a time to pick up the work (typically in office hours).

    You are responsible for collecting any graded work by the end of the semester. After the end of the semester, the instructor is no longer responsible for returning your graded work.

    Disability Support Services If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, 128 ECC Building (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

    Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following web site: and search Fire Safety and Evacuation and Disabilities.

    Academic Integrity Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instance of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at

    Critical Incident Management Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, and/or inhibits students' ability to learn.

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    Jason Starr
    4-108 Math Tower
    Department of Mathematics
    Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3651
    Phone: 631-632-8270
    Fax: 631-632-7631
    Jason Starr