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LIVE 33: Number Theory

Tu/W/Th/F/M 5:00–6:30pm from 7/12 (USA Eastern Time)

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This LIVE course contains a total of 30 hours of live video instruction (~$17/hour), plus 1 year of access to Prof. Loh's recorded videos from this course.

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Syllabus

The 20 course meetings are split in 16 lessons (called Day 1 through Day 16 below), and 4 homework exam discussions. Each exam discussion meeting happens after 4 lessons.

Day 1

Remainder mod 10; definition of modular congruency; notation of a modulo b; remainders of n²; modular addition, subtraction and multiplication; remainders modulo 11; negative remainders

Day 2

Explanation and motivation for divisibility rules for 3 and 9 and shortcuts for their use; sum and average of an arithmetic progression; triangular numbers; modular multiplication

Day 3

Explanation and motivation for divisibility rules for 2, 4, and 8 and shortcuts for their use; permutations; divisibility by 12; sum and average of arithmetic progression; negative remainders

Day 4

Remainders after dividing by 99; factors; patterns in multiples of 9 mod 1; palindromic numbers; factors of 1001 and 1111; negative remainders; remainders mod 11; arithmetic progression

Day 5

Prime factorization; number of factors; sum of factors; average of factors; sum of reciprocals of factors; product of factors; factors of 111; expanding factors; sum of consecutive powers of 2; geometric series

Day 6

Number of zeroes at the end of combinatorial expressions such as factorial; modular multiplication; floor function; ways to choose n objects; sum of consecutive powers of 2;

Day 7

Least Common Multiple (LCM); Greatest Common Divisor (GCD); prime factorization; product of LCM and GCD; quotient of LCM and GCD; factorials

Day 8

Motivation for and examples of Euclidean Algorithm for finding GCD; Fibonacci numbers; factors of 111; relatively prime numbers

Day 9

Relatively prime numbers; pattern of cycling remainders; remainders of multiples of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9; Venn diagram; Inclusion / exclusion; Euler's Totient Function

Day 10

Chinese Remainder Theorem and use with composite moduli; negative remainders; solving sets of congruences; LCM; remainders of multiples of 6 mod 5; negative remainders

Day 11

Chinese Remainder Theorem with non-relatively-prime moduli; remainders of multiples of 9 mod 12; cycles of remainders of multiples of 9; LCM; reduction of systems of congruences; unsolvable congruences

Day 12

Systems of three congruences; Euler's Totient Function; remainders modulo composite numbers; pairwise relatively prime numbers; Venn diagram; factoring; combinatorial counting

Day 13

Factoring tricks for solving algebraic equations; area and perimeter of rectangles; number of ways to factor; equations in 1/x; impossibility of division by 0; number of integers solutions to an equation

Day 14

Remainders of powers; cycles of remainders of powers; pattern of last two digits of powers of 7; remainders of powers of 7 mod 4; power towers

Day 15

Multiplicative inverses with respect to a modulus; explanation and motivation for divisibility trick for 7; repeating cycles of remainders

Day 16

Terminating decimals and their fraction representations; repeating periods of repeating decimals; proof of why square root of 2 is irrational; prime factorization; proof techiques and directions of logic; proof by contradiction

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