Math 689 (Section 600) -- Spring 2015

Introduction to sieve methods and bounded gaps between primes

TR 2:20-3:35
Location BLOC 111

Course Description:

Topics we will cover this semester include
  • Basics of arithmetic functions
  • Brun Sieve
  • Selberg Sieve
  • The large sieve
  • GPY sieve
  • Bounded gaps between primes
  • Additional topics as time permits

Course Information:

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Young

Office Hours: TBA

Office: Blocker 641G

E-mail: myoung (at) math dot tamu d0t edu

Textbook: Opera de Cribro by Friedlander and Iwaniec.  See also Sieve Methods by Halberstam and Richert which is now a Dover book and very inexpensive.

Course Syllabus:

Prerequisites: Willingness to learn elementary number theory as needed


Your final grade will be determined by homework, projects (one midterm and one final), and class participation

Course Policies:

Missed Work: Making up missed work (including missed exams, quizzes, and homework) will be arranged according to University policies only. A university approved excuse must be provided to the instructor in writing (e-mail is sufficient) within 1 working day for exams and within 2 working days for other work.

Academic Dishonesty:

“An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.”

It is not permissible to hand in the work of others for a grade, including work on exams, quizzes, and homework. You are allowed to discuss homework with others, but your write-ups are expected to be done on your own and in your own words. Copying the work of others will be prosecuted to the full extent possible under University policies.

Cheating during an exam will be sanctioned by assigning 0 points on the exam. Further action will be taken in agreement with Texas A&M University Student Rules on Academic Honesty and the Aggie Honor System Code.

Disability Assistance:

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Contact information: Course announcements may occasionally be made via e-mail (e.g. in case of a change to office hours or to correct potential errors in homework problem sets).  Students should regularly check their neo e-mail accounts.

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