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Cornell University    
  Jan 16, 2018
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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MATH 3360 - Applicable Algebra

Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Forbidden Overlap: Due to an overlap in content, students will receive not receive credit for both MATH 3340  and MATH 3360.
Prerequisite: MATH 2210 , MATH 2230 , MATH 2310 , or MATH 2940 .


Introduction to the concepts and methods of abstract algebra and number theory that are of interest in applications. Covers the basic theory of groups, rings and fields and their applications to such areas as public-key cryptography, error-correcting codes, parallel computing, and experimental designs. Applications include the RSA cryptosystem and use of finite fields to construct error-correcting codes and Latin squares. Topics include elementary number theory, Euclidean algorithm, prime factorization, congruences, theorems of Fermat and Euler, elementary group theory, Chinese remainder theorem, factorization in the ring of polynomials, and classification of finite fields.

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