The basics


Course description

This course serves as an introduction to basic number-theoretic concepts, such as divisibility, prime numbers, congruences, arithmetic functions, and other topics. We'll also discuss certain applications of number theory, such as cryptography. Emphasis will be placed on building proof-writing skills and developing mathematical intuition.

Course notes

We will more or less follow these course notes, written by Nuno Freitas and Adela Gherga. These course notes contain exercises at the end of each section, which will form some component of your homework grade. See the Homework page for more info.

Important dates

General advice for success

All of these tips and strategies are discussed in more detail on the UBC math study skills wiki page.