- Code MATH3301
- Unit Value 6 units
In Sem 2 2022, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
The need to protect information being transmitted electronically, such as the widespread use of electronic payment, has transformed the importance of cryptography. Most of the modern types of cryptosystems rely on number theory for their theoretical background. This course introduces elementary number theory, with an emphasis on those parts that have applications to cryptography, and shows how the theory can be applied to cryptography.
Number theory topics will be chosen from: the Euclidean algorithm, greatest common divisor, prime numbers, prime factorisation, primality testing, modular arithmetic, the Chinese remainder theorem, diophantine equations, sums of squares, Euler's function, Fermat's little theorem, primitive roots, quadratic residues, quadratic reciprocity, Pell's equation, continued fractions, Diophantine approximation.
Cryptography topics will be chosen from: symmetric key cryptosystems, including classical examples and a brief discussion of modern systems such as DES and AES, public key systems such as RSA and discrete logarithm systems, cryptanalysis (code breaking) using some of the number theory developed.
Honours Pathway Option (HPO):
Students who take the HPO will complete extra work of a more theoretical nature. The assignments will be replaced by alternative assignments requiring deeper conceptual understanding and/or a project, and the final exam will contain alternative questions requiring deeper conceptual understanding.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Solve problems in elementary number theory.
- Apply elementary number theory to cryptography.
- (HPO only) Develop a deeper conceptual understanding of the theoretical basis of number theory and cryptography.
- Five assignments (50) [LO 1,2,3]
- Final examination (50) [LO 1,2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component, which may consist of 3 lectures per week and regular workshops
- Approximately 84 hours of self directed study, which will include preparation for lectures, workshops, and other assessment tasks.
No course-specific inherent requirements.
Requisite and Incompatibility
"Elementary Number Theory", by Kenneth Rosen
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