Math 662 (Section 602) -- Fall 2005

Seminar in Algebra:
Algebraic Number Theory

MWF 1:50-2:40


Course Description:

This course will be an introduction to the study of algebraic numbers and algebraic integers. Of course in number theory the key motivating problem is to understand the basic arithmetic of the integers. Algebraic number theory is the study of generalizations of integers to other domains, especially to number fields, ie, finite algebraic extensions of Q. Interesting problems arise in the study of rings of algebraic integers that shed light on many basic number theory problems. The course will cover the following topics as time permits:
  • algebraic numbers and algebraic integers
  • rings of algebraic integers
  • unique factorization of ideals
  • Minkowski's Theoerem and the geometry of numbers
  • ideal classes and the finiteness of the class number
  • Dirichlet's unite theorem
  • decomposition groups, inertia groups and ramification groups of prime ideals
  • quadratic number fields
  • cyclotomic number fields
  • Dedekind zeta functions, Dirichlet L-functions, and analytic class number formulas

Course Information:

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Papanikolas

Office Hours: Mon. & Fri. 11-12

Office: 321 Milner

Office Phone: 845-1615


Textbook: Classical Theory of Algebraic Numbers, 2nd ed., by Paulo Ribenboim, Springer-Verlag, 2001, ISBN 0-387-95070-2.

Prerequisites: Math 627 (Number Theory) and Math 653 (Algebra I); or equivalents

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Course Work and Grades: There will be regular homework assignments as well as a final project at the end of the semester. These will serve as the basis for grades in the course.

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