MATH 681 Spring 2018

Basic Information

  • Instructor: Jeff Thunder
  • Office: WH 362
  • Phone: 753-6761
  • e-mail:
  • Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:00-11:50 a.m. or by appointment.

Text and Syllabus

The textbook for the course is Number Fields by Daniel A. Marcus. We will attempt to cover as much of the material from the first seven chapters as is reasonable.

Grading Scale

Grades for section 1 will be based on homework and the final exam. The weights for these are 70% and 30%, respectively.


Homework will be assigned somewhat irregularly. I'll announce assignments (and due dates) in class and also post them to this webpage. You are free to work with other students on the homework; in fact, this is encouraged. Sloppy and/or illegible work will be returned back with no credit! Your homework is something of which you should be proud (notice how I didn't end with a preposition there). Expect to spend lots of time on it.

Homework Assignments

Final Exam

The final exam will be held Tuesday, May 8 from 2:00-3:50 in DuSable 252.


Homer does math!

Yes indeed, there's plenty of math humor to be found in the Simpsons. Just look and see!

Last update: May 3, 2018