Math 356.01 Syllabus Fall 2006
Theory of Numbers

Instructor’s Name: Andrew Sills

Instructor’s Office: Hill Center 242


Instructor’s Telephone Number: (732) 445-3488

Instructor’s Office Hours: Tuesdays 5-6:20 and by appointment

e-mail: asills [at] math [dot] rutgers [dot] edu

Textbook: Number Theory, by George E. Andrews, Dover, ISBN 0-486-68252-8

Prerequisite: Math 251.

There will be two in-class exams during the semester and a cumulative final exam during finals week.


One practical incentive for reading the book and doing the homework is that quite a few of the quiz and exam problems will be modeled on worked examples from the book or from assigned homework problems.

Makeup policy

It is important to take the examinations as scheduled. A makeup exam will only be given in the rare case of a student who has a documented emergency, and has made every reasonable effort to contact the professor before the exam.

Important tips for getting a good grade:

Do the homework and prepare for the quizzes. A good deal of material is covered in Math 356 (as in all math courses) and it pays to be organized in your approach to the course. Most students will find it difficult catch up after falling behind.

It is important to take the examinations on the day when they are given. Makeup exams will only be given to students who have valid medical excuses.

Please don't beg the instructor for mercy at the end of the semester. The only way to get the grade you want is to earn the appropriate grades during the semester on tests, quizzes, and homework assignments.