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MATH 250 A   Number Theory & Math Reasoning Back to Results  


InstructorHart, Evelyn
MeetsMWF 1120-1210, MCGREG 201F
Pre-RequisitesMATH 112 or MATH 112 or MATH 113
NotesMATH 112 or 113 (C or higher) or instructor signature required
DistributionNat Science/Math Requirement
Core AreaNone

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Questions about the positive integers 1, 2, 3 . . . have fascinated people for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks noted the existence of right triangles with sides of integral length. Is there a way of describing all such "Pythagorean Triples"? None of the primes 7, 11, or 19 can be expressed as the sum of two squares. Is there a pattern? Does it continue forever? This course focuses on such equations as a means for introducing students to the spirit and methods of modern mathematics. The emphasis throughout is on developing the ability to construct logically sound mathematical arguments and communicate these arguments in writing. Prerequisite: MATH 112 or 113 with a grade of C or better, or permission of the instructor.