Objectives and Content
The course is an introduction to quadratic reciprocity, binary quadratic forms, continued fractions, the Pell equation, algebraic number fields, and rational points on curves.
The students shall document insight in important ideas and techniques in number theory. Their application in for instance cryptology is also stressed.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
M223: 9 ECTS
Forms of Assessment
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.