http://www.math.tamu.edu/~map/courses/470fa14/

This is a course in cryptography and cryptanalysis. People have been developing methods for sending and receiving secret communications for centuries, and this course will focus on modern techniques from both theoretical and practical standpoints, especially on public key cryptosystems. Topics we will conver this semester include 

Instructor:  Matthew Papanikolas 


Office Hours:  Mon. 2:003:00, Wed. 10:3011:30; also by appointment 




Office:  Blocker 641H 

Email:  map@math.tamu.edu 




Textbook:  The required textbook is Introduction to Cryptography with Coding Theory, 2nd Ed. by W. Trappe and L. C. Washington, Prentice Hall, 2006, ISBN 0131862391. 




Course Syllabus:  The course covers most of chapters 13, 69, and 1213. Additional topics from the text may be covered as time permits. See below for a detailed weekly syllabus. 




Computational Aids:  We will frequently make use of computer algebra packages during the course of the semester. The main system we will use in class will be Maple, but you are free to use whichever package you prefer (Sage, Matlab, GP/Pari, Mathematica, etc.) for your homework. 




Calculators:  The use of calculators will be permitted on exams, but not laptops, tablets, smart phones, and any device with an internet connection. 




Prerequisites:  Math 304, Math 311, or Math 323 (Linear Algebra). The course will, however, be mostly selfcontained. 




Course Webpage:  http://www.math.tamu.edu/~map/courses/470fa14/ 




Homework Problem Sets: Homework will be collected roughly once per week for a grade. Late homework will not be accepted, except as allowed by university policies on missed work (see below). Your lowest homework score will be dropped at the end of the semester when calculating your homework average. Homework sets will be posted here http://www.math.tamu.edu/~map/courses/470fa14/hw.html. It is perfectly reasonable for students to collaborate on homework, but each student is expected to write up solutions individually. Students turning in nearly identical work may not receive full credit on assignments. 



There will be 2 inclass exams during the semester, as well as a cumulative final exam. The dates and times are listed below. 

Exam 1 
Exam 2 
Final Exam 

Date/Time 
Oct. 8 (Wed.) 
Nov. 17 (Mon.) 
Dec. 17 (Wed.) 
Location 
BLOC 117 
BLOC 117 
BLOC 117 

Your final course grade will be determined by your performance on homework, writing assignments, and exams. The contribution of these items toward your grade are as follows: 
Component 
Percentage 

Homework 
15% 
Exam 1 
25% 
Exam 2 
25% 
Final Exam 
35% 

The following grade distribution will be used in determining final course grades: 
Grade 
Percentage of Total Points 

A 
90.0%100.0% 
B 
80.0%89.9% 
C 
70.0%79.9% 
D 
60.0%69.9% 
F 
0.0%59.9% 

We will use the following schedule for lectures, covering material
out of the given sections of Trappe & Washington. We will adhere to this
schedule as closely as possible, though changes may be necessary as
the semester progresses.





Missed Work:  Making up missed work (including missed exams and homework) will be arranged according to University policies only. A university approved excuse must be provided to the instructor in writing (email is sufficient) within 1 working day for exams and within 2 working days for other work. 




Academic Dishonesty:  "An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do." It is not permissible to hand in the work of others for a grade, including work on exams, quizzes, and homework. You are allowed to discuss homework with others, but your writeups are expected to be done on your own and in your own words. Copying the work of others will be prosecuted to the full extent possible under University policies. Please see the Honor Council Rules and Procedures on the web at http://aggiehonor.tamu.edu/. 




Disability Assistance:  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal antidiscrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Services in Cain Hall, Room B118, or call 8451637. Students seeking speical considerations for an exam must contact this office several weeks in advance of the exam. For more information, visit http://disability.tamu.edu. 




Copyright Information:  All printed handouts and web materials are protected by US Copyright Laws. No multiple copies can be made without written permission of the instructor. 




Contact Information:  Course announcements may occasionally be made via email (e.g. in case of a change to office hours or to correct potential errors in homework problem sets). Students should regularly check their TAMU email accounts. 