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Metric Number Theory - MAT00049M

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• Department: Mathematics
• Module co-ordinator: Prof. Sanju Velani
• Credit value: 10 credits
• Credit level: M
• Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

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Prohibited combinations

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Pre-requisite knowledge for MSc students: familiarity with and maturity in handling sets, functions, knowledge of (e.g. first courses in) both discrete and analytic number theory.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

• To continue the development of number theory.

• To provide a deeper and more quantitative understanding of the structure of the real numbers through Diophantine approximation.

• To illustrate the interplay of different branches of mathematics by the use of algebra, probability and basic results from the theory of Lebesgue measure and fractal geometry.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to:

• Understand a range of ideas and techniques in Diophantine approximation.

• Be familiar with the basic use of algebraic and probabilistic ideas within metric number theory.

• Understand the role of fractals within number theory.

• Understand the interplay between number theory and basic dynamical systems.

Module content

Syllabus

• Continued fractions and best approximations to real numbers

• Hurwitz's theorem

• Continued fractions and quadratic irrationalities

• The Borel-Cantelli Lemma

• Khintchine's theorem on approximations by rational numbers

• Hausdorff measures and dimension

• The middle third Cantor set and its dimension

• Hausdorff dimension and badly approximable numbers

• The Jarnik-Besicovitch theorem

• The Pigeonhole Principle and Dirichlet's theorem in higher dimensions

• Minkowski's theorem for convex bodies and systems of linear forms

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Metric Number Theory
N/A 100

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Metric Number Theory
N/A 100

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