
Instructor : David Boyd
Office: 200 Mathematics
Office hours: Mon 1:002:00 and Weds 1:002:00
email: boyd at math dot ubc dot ca
URL of this web page: http://www.math.ubc.ca/~boyd/math539/
Textbook:
T. M. Apostol, Introduction to Analytic Number Theory
It is definitely worth purchasing the text (see below). 
There is one copy of the text on one day loan in the Mathematics Library. 
Course description:
The course is a first course in analytic number theory suitable for
4th year honours mathematics students and 1st year graduate students
or 2nd year graduate students. We will assume that students have
had a previous course in number theory (preferably 537 = 437, which
was offered in 20022003, but even a course similar to 312
which is taught at many universities would be acceptable for a
student who has the necessary background in analysis). It will
be assumed that the student has had the usual undergraduate
training in analysis (e.g. Math 320) and complex analysis
(e.g. Math 300) to the level of the residue theorem, but the complex
analysis course could be taken concurrently. 
The main goal will be to prove Dirichlet's theorem on primes in
arithmetic progressions and the prime number theorem. 
Assignments and Supplementary course material:
There will be no paper
handouts in class. Any such material will be linked to this web
page and be in pdf format. To read pdf you need Adobe's free
acrobat reader.

Most of the exercises on the assignments will be taken from the text
or adapted from those in the text. You are encouraged to try other
exercises from the text. 
Marking:
The course mark will be based entirely on the assignments which will
assigned at regular intervals. Be sure to do these and hand them on on time! 
Assignment #1, due Monday, September 22 
Assignment #2, due Monday, October 6 
Assignment #3, due Monday, October 20 
Assignment #4, due Monday, November 3 
Assignment #5, due Monday, November 17 
Assignment #6, due Friday, November 28 

Course outline (chapter references to the text in
parentheses):
1. Arithmetical Functions and their estimation (2,3) 
2. The prime counting function and Chebyshev's estimates (4) 
3. Dirichlet series (11) 
4. Dirichlet characters and Dirichlet Lfunctions (6) 
5. Dirichlet's theorem on primes in arithmetic progressions (7) 
6. The Riemann zeta function (12) 
7. The prime number theorem (13) 
Other material in the text:
The Historial Introduction is well worth reading. 
We assume that the material of Chapters 1, 5, 9 and 10 is familiar
to the student from an earlier course. You should read
over the material of Chapter 1 before the course begins and the
material of Chapters 5, 9 and 10 before we begin the discussion of
Dirichlet characters and the Dirichlet Lfunction. 
We introduce Dirichlet series in a formal way earlier than is done
in the text since this makes some of the manipulations of the earlier
chapters more transparent. But the serious use of analytic functions
does not begin until we begin to study the Riemann zeta function and
Dirichlet Lfunctions. 
References:
I. Niven, H. S. Zuckerman and H. L. Montgomery, An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers 
G. H. Hardy and E. M. Wright, An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers 
K. Chandraekharan, Introduction to Analytic Number Theory 
H. Davenport, Multiplicative Number Theory 
L. K. Hua, Introduction to Number Theory 
