By George E. Andrews

Although arithmetic majors tend to be conversant with quantity idea by the point they've got accomplished a direction in summary algebra, different undergraduates, specially these in schooling and the liberal arts, frequently desire a extra uncomplicated creation to the topic.
In this ebook the writer solves the matter of conserving the curiosity of scholars at either degrees via delivering a combinatorial method of ordinary quantity thought. In learning quantity conception from any such viewpoint, arithmetic majors are spared repetition and supplied with new insights, whereas different scholars enjoy the consequent simplicity of the proofs for lots of theorems.
Among the themes coated during this obtainable, conscientiously designed advent are multiplicativity-divisibility, together with the basic theorem of mathematics, combinatorial and computational quantity conception, congruences, mathematics services, primitive roots and top numbers. Later chapters provide lucid remedies of quadratic congruences, additivity (including partition conception) and geometric quantity theory.
Of specific value during this textual content is the author's emphasis at the worth of numerical examples in quantity conception and the position of pcs in acquiring such examples. routines offer possibilities for developing numerical tables without or with a working laptop or computer. scholars can then derive conjectures from such numerical tables, and then suitable theorems will look traditional and well-motivated..

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