From Polynomials to Sums of Squares

T.H Jackson

January 1, 1995 by CRC Press
Reference - 196 Pages
ISBN 9780750303293 - CAT# IP290

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Suitable for algebra courses (especially rings and fields).
Number theory courses and applications of algebra to number theory.
Software: 3.5 inch disk for IBM-compatible machines.
Practical activities throughout.


From Polynomials to Sums of Squares describes a journey through the foothills of algebra and number theory based around the central theme of factorization. The book begins by providing basic knowledge of rational polynomials, then gradually introduces other integral domains, and eventually arrives at sums of squares of integers. The text is complemented with illustrations that feature specific examples. Other than familiarity with complex numbers and some elementary number theory, very little mathematical prerequisites are needed. The accompanying disk enables readers to explore the subject further by removing the tedium of doing calculations by hand. Throughout the text there are practical activities involving the computer.


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