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1/30/2023 MONDAY

We discussed proof by induction and went over a homework problem concerning sums of squares.

Notes (updatd--refresh browser) : Quadratic congruences, Fermat numbers and Sums of Squares

Homework problem: HW2, Problems 5: Chapter 26 problems 1.

1/27/2023 FRIDAY

We finished talking about when a prime is a sum of two squares.

Notes (updatd--refresh browser) : Quadratic congruences, Fermat numbers and Sums of Squares

Homework problem: HW2, Problems 2,3,4: Chapter 25 problems 4,5,6.

1/23/2023 MONDAY

We have been talking about when a prime is a sum of two squares..

\We also discussed sums of form n^2+1 and a^2+b^2 and how quadratic reciprocity is applied.

today we talked about Gaussian integers and prime and irreducible elements.

Notes : Quadratic congruences, Fermat numbers and Sums of Squares

Here is a nice article about the different proofs of the sum of squares theorem.

Homework problem: HW2, Problem 1: Show that 2 is irreducible but not prime in the ring of numbers of the form a+bu where u is sqrt(5) times i (or sqrt(-5)) and a, b are just integers.

1/20/2023 FRIDAY

We have been talking about when a prime is a sum of two squares..

We also discussed sums of form n^2+1 and a^2+b^2 and how quadratic reciprocity is applied.

We also talked about Gaussian integers.

Notes : Quadratic congruences, Fermat numbers and Sums of Squares

Homework problem: HW1, Problems 4 and 5: Chapter 24, problems 2 and 3.

1/13/2023 FRIDAY

We concluded talking about Lucas' theorem: If a prime p divides F_n for n > 1 then p is 1 mod 2^(n+2).

We also discussed sums of form n^2+1 and a^2+b^2 and how quadratic reciprocity is applied.

Notes : Quadratic congruences, Fermat numbers and Sums of Squares

Homework problem: HW1, Problem 3: For the primes 41 and 73 find k such that they divide k^2+1, using the procedure described in class.

1/12/2023 THURSDAY

Yesterday we looked at some applications of quadratic reciprocity law.

In particular we talked about the Fermat numbers.

We continued talking about Lucas' theorem: If a prime p divides F_n for n > 1 then p is 1 mod 2^(n+2).

Notes : Quadratic congruences and Fermat numbers

Homework problems (there are 2 of them) are in bold, inside the notes.

1/10/2023 TUESDAY

Today we reviewed the quadratic reciprocity law (Chapter 22, 23).

Please read those two chapters.

We talked about Fermat numbers F_n and this problem: If a prime p divides F_n for n > 1 then p is 1 mod 2^(n+2).