Number Theory

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course is an introduction to quadratic reciprocity, binary quadratic forms, continued fractions, the Pell equation, algebraic number fields, and rational points on curves.

Learning Outcomes

The students shall document insight in important ideas and techniques in number theory. Their application in for instance cryptology is also stressed.

Semester of Instruction

Irregular, course will be offered if it is on this course list: Workbook: Emneliste for innreisende utvekslingsstudenter (

Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
M223: 9 ECTS
Forms of Assessment
Oral examination
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.