Famous Functions in Number Theory

Famous Functions in Number Theory

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Designed for precollege teachers by a collaborative of teachers, educators, and mathematicians, Famous Functions in Number Theory is based on a course offered in the Summer School Teacher Program at the Park City Mathematics Institute. But this book isn't a qcourseq in the traditional sense. It consists of a carefully sequenced collection of problem sets designed to develop several interconnected mathematical themes, and one of the goals of the problem sets is for readers to uncover these themes for themselves. Famous Functions in Number Theory introduces readers to the use of formal algebra in number theory. Through numerical experiments, participants learn how to use polynomial algebra as a bookkeeping mechanism that allows them to count divisors, build multiplicative functions, and compile multiplicative functions in a certain way that produces new ones. One capstone of the investigations is a beautiful result attributed to Fermat that determines the number of ways a positive integer can be written as a sum of two perfect squares. Famous Functions in Number Theory is a volume of the book series qIAS/PCMI-The Teacher Program Seriesq published by the American Mathematical Society. Each volume in that series covers the content of one Summer School Teacher Program year and is independent of the rest. Titles in this series are co-published with the Institute for Advanced Study/Park City Mathematics Institute. Members of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) receive a 20% discount from list price.Contents v Preface vii Chapter 1: Problem Sets 1 Problem Set 1 3 Problem Set 2 5 Problem Set 3 8 Problem Set 4 13 Problem ... Set 4 82 Problem Set 5 84 Problem Set 6 86 Problem Set 7 88 Problem Set 8 90 Problem Set 9 92 Problem Set v.

Title:Famous Functions in Number Theory
Author:Bowen Kerins, Darryl Yong, Al Cuoco, Glenn Stevens
Publisher:American Mathematical Soc. - 2015-10-15


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