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Math 465: Topics in algebra

Algebraic number theory

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MWF 9:00AM, HB 427

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Course announcement **
**Office hours:** M 1:00PM, W 10:00AM, F 4:00PM

**References:**

Lecture notes will be posted to this page, especially
for topics not covered in the other references.
Several books are on reserve in the library:

C.F. Gauss, *Disquisitiones arithmeticae*, Yale
University Press

H. M. Edwards, * Fermat's Last Theorem: A Genetic *

*Introduction to Algebraic Number Theory*, Springer Verlag

A good reference for unique factorization
in the special case of quadratic rings of integers
(like **Z**[Öd])
is
Michael Artin, * Algebra*, Prentice Hall

I learned the general
theory from Serge Lang's *Algebraic number theory, 2nd edition*,
which is also published by Springer.
**Assessment:**

Weekly problem sets (50%): These are
generally due on Mondays, but the first assignment is due
January 22 because of the Martin Luther King holiday.

Midterm exam (20%): To be given in class on Wednesday,
February 12.

Final exam (30%): A closed book, three-hour, take-home exam.

Any student with a documented disability needing academic
adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me
during the first two weeks of class. All discussions will
remain confidential. Students with disabilities will need to also
contact Disability Support Services in the Ley Student Center.

**Contact information:**

Brendan Hassett

Herman Brown 422

(713) 348-5261

hassett@math.rice.edu

http://www.math.rice.edu/~hassett