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MA 257 Introduction to Number Theory and Proof Techniques

An introduction to proof techniques using the many methods of proof that arise in number theory. This course takes a formal look at the properties of the integers and includes topics such as congruencies, quadratic reciprocity, and solution of Diophantine equations. Offered spring semester, even-numbered years, only. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in MA 210. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ. (3)