Welcome to Math 308 / 406!

Greetings. I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself. I've posted a brief welcome letter introducing myself, my family and my research interests here.

The purpose of this course is to expose you to advanced topics in number theory and analysis. In the process we will work on many skills useful for graduate school and beyond. Click here for a more detailed explanation of my objectives for the course.

Number theory is one of the most popular branches of mathematics. One of the reasons I love it so is that many of the problems can be stated to junior high school students (or earlier), but the techniques to attack them are among the most advanced and beautiful in mathematics. As you can tell from the webpage, there is a lot of material for this course, both new material we will cover and old material you are expected to know.

If you have any concerns or suggestions for the course and would prefer to communicate them anonymously, you may email me by using the account mathephs@gmail.com  (the password is the first seven Fibonacci numbers, 11235813).

Looking forward to seeing you all.   //Steve

PS: My wife teaches at Boston College, 3 hours away. Thus for evening review sessions you'll often find my two children, Cam (he's almost 3 1/2) and Kayla (she's almost 1 1/2), the other TAs for the course (pictures will be updated in August).