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Analytic number theory II

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Number theory has its roots in ancient history but particularly since the seventeenth century, it has undergone intensive development using ideas from many branches of mathematics. In spite of the subject’s maturity, there are still unsolved problems that are easy to state and understand – for example, is every even number greater than two the sum of two primes? In this module (and in Analytic number theory I (M823)), you’ll study number theory using techniques from analysis, in particular, the convergence of series and the calculus of residues. The module is based on readings from T.M. Apostol’s Introduction to Analytic Number Theory.

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What you will study

The Greeks were the first to classify the integers and it is to them that the first systematic study of the properties of the numbers is attributed. But after about 250 AD the subject stagnated until the seventeenth century. Since then there has been intensive development, using ideas from many branches of mathematics. There are a large number of unsolved problems in number theory that are easy to state and understand – for example:

  • Is every even number greater than two the sum of two primes?
  • Are there infinitely many ‘twin primes’ (primes differing by 2), such as (3, 5) or (101, 103)?
  • Are there infinitely many primes of the form n2 + 1?
  • Does there always exist a prime between n2 and (n + 1)2 for every integer n > 1?

In this MSc module and in Analytic number theory I (M823), you will study number theory using techniques from analysis, in particular, the convergence of series and the calculus of residues. Among the results proved in M829 is the prime number theorem, which estimates the number of primes up to a given value x.

M829 is based on Chapters 8-14 of the set book Introduction to Analytic Number Theory by T. M. Apostol (1986, fourth edition, Springer-Verlag).

You will learn

Successful study of this module should enhance your skills in understanding complex mathematical texts, working with abstract concepts, thinking logically and constructing logical arguments, communicating mathematical ideas clearly and succinctly, and explaining mathematical ideas to others.

Entry

You must declare the MSc in Mathematics (or another qualification towards which the module can count) as your qualification intention. 

For this module you should already have passed Analytic number theory I (M823), whether or not you have also passed Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820)

You should also have a sound knowledge of complex analysis, as there is a substantial amount of complex analysis in this module. An adequate preparation would be our undergraduate-level module Complex analysis (M337) (or the discontinued M332). 

All teaching is in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate for the level of study you wish to take. We strongly recommend that students have achieved an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 7. To assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies you can visit the IELTS website.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Qualifications

M829 is an optional module in our:

Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

The material contains small print and diagrams, which may cause problems if you find reading text difficult and you may also want to use a scientific calculator.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

Module notes, other printed materials.

You will need

We recommend that you have access to the internet at least once a week during the module and would like to point out that vital material, such as your assignments, will be delivered online.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Materials to buy

Set books

  • Apostol, T M Introduction to Analytic Number Theory, Springer £46.99 - ISBN 9780387901633 (This book is Print on Demand and can be ordered through any bookseller)

Presented October 14 and October 16 only

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance.

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online using a special maths eTMA processor, which is used in place of the main eTMA system, unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

You will, however, be granted the option of submitting on paper if typesetting electronically or merging scanned images of your answers to produce an electronic TMA would take you an unacceptably long time.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module starting in October 2014. We expect it to be available in alternate years after that, in October.

How to register

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The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

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Course facts
About this course:
Course code M829
Credits 30
OU Level Postgraduate
SCQF level 11
FHEQ level 7
Course work includes:
4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
Examination
No residential school

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