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MA317A: Number Theory (Winter 2019)

Calendar Description

Elementary theory of numbers; arithmetic functions; congruences; quadratic reciprocity; solutions to Diophantine equations.†


MA121 and 1.0 credit of 200 level Mathematics.


Professor Shengda Hu (PhD)
Office: LH3036 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. - noon, or by appointment via email.
E: shu@wlu.ca
T: x2223


Monday and Wednesday 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. in 2C3 (Arts Building)


No calculator is allowed.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA317 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • Assignments (Four sets, submitted on Mondays: Jan. 21, Feb. 11, March 11 and April 1): 20%
  • Midterm Exam (In class, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019): 30%
  • Final Exam (Cumulative, 2.5 hours, exact date, time and location to be announced): 50%

Students must achieve a score of at least 40% of the marks available on the final examination to be eligible to pass the course. The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA317 and is provided for the convenience of students.