**Lectures:**- MW 2:30 - 3:30, Thames Hall 3101
- F 2:30 - 3:30, Social Science Centre 2020

**Instructor:**Ján Mináč**Office:**MC 131**Office hours:**- Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00 in MC 131
- James will be in the help centre Wednesday 2:30 - 4:30 in MC 106

**Prerequisites:**There are no formal prerequisites for this course, but some basic knowledge of linear algebra and calculus will be useful.

Check here for updates throughout the semester.

- James will a one-off help session on Thursday the 11th of Feb from 10:30 to 12:30. Meet at MC109, but we may have to go elsewhere, so try to come on time.
- Assignment 1
- Solutions for Assignment 1
- Assignment 2
- Solutions for Assignment 2
**James will hold help sessions for the second assignment and the exam at the following times:**- Thursday April 14 12:00pm to 2:00pm
- Monday April 18 3:00pm to 4:00pm MC106
- Wednesday April 20 2:00pm to 4:00pm MC106
- Thursday April 21 3:00pm to 4:00pm MC106

- P. Zeitz,
*The Art and Craft of Problem Solving, 2nd Edition*

These notes should grow as the semester goes on.

- Some Notes on Fields
- Examples of Multiplication Tables
- Showing that any element in a finite field can be written as a sum of two squares

Here are some blog posts/articles about things we'll talk about in the course:

- Counting Irreducible Polynomials over Finite Fields using the Inclusion-Exclusion Principle
- Examples of the Pigeonhole Principle
- The Fano Plane
- A Proof of Quadratic Reciprocity

Here are some blog posts/articles about things we won't cover in the course:

Updated by James Richardson, April 20, 2016.