MA1301 - Number Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Semester test 20/100
Written examination 80/100 4 hours D

Course content

This course gives an introduction to elementary number theory. Topics included are: greatest common divisor, Euclidean algorithm, linear diophantine equations, elementary prime number theory, linear congruences, Chinese remainder theorem, Fermat's little theorem, Euler's phi-function, Euler's theorem with application to cryptography. Additional topics that may change from year to year may include number theoretical functions, Fermat's last theorem for n = 4, continued fractions, rational approximations, Pell's equations, and quadratic reciprocity.

Learning outcome

1. Knowledge. The student is familiar with basic concepts in elementary number theory as specified under "Academic content".

2. Skills. The student is able to apply the theoretical knowledge to solve concrete problems. This includes being able to apply Euclid's division algorithm, solve diophantine equations and (systems of) linear congruences, encryption and decryption of messages in given RSA-systems. The student is able to write simple mathematical proofs.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory exercises and mid-semester examination. Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade awarded in the course. This portfolio comprises a written final examination (80%) and the mid-semester examination (20%). The mid-semester examination only counts if it has a positive effect on the final grade. The results for the constituent parts are to be given in %-points, while the grade for the whole portfolio (course grade) is given by the letter grading system. The re-sit examination may be given as an oral examination.

Compulsory assignments

  • Øvinger

Further on evaluation

In the case that the student receives an F/Fail as a final grade after both ordinary and re-sit exam, then the student must retake the course in its entirety. Submitted work that counts towards the final grade will also have to be retaken. For more information about grading and evaluation, see «Teaching methods and activities».

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNFMA104 6.0
MA6301 7.5 01.09.2007
TMA4155 3.0 01.09.2009

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2019

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 6

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Mathematics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mathematical Sciences



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Semester test 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 80/100 D 2019-11-27 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 74
SL111 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 44
SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 3
SL120 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL215 Sluppenvegen 14 4
SL111 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 30
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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