Number Theory Through Inquiry (Mathematical Association of America Textbooks)

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Number Theory Through Inquiry is an innovative textbook that leads students on a carefully guided discovery of introductory number theory. The book has two equally significant goals. One goal is to help students develop mathematical thinking skills, particularly, theorem-proving skills. The other goal is to help students understand some of the wonderfully rich ideas in the mathematical study of numbers. This book is appropriate for a proof transitions course, for an independent study experience, or for a course designed as an introduction to abstract mathematics. Math or related majors, future teachers, and students or adults interested in exploring mathematical ideas on their own will enjoy Number Theory Through Inquiry. Number theory is the perfect topic for an introduction-to-proofs course. Every college student is familiar with basic properties of numbers, and yet the exploration of those familiar numbers leads us to a rich landscape of ideas. Number Theory Through Inquiry contains a carefully arranged sequence of challenges that lead students to discover ideas about numbers and to discover methods of proof on their own. It is designed to be used with an instructional technique variously called guided discovery or Modified Moore Method or Inquiry Based Learning (IBL). Instructors materials explain the instructional method. This style of instruction gives students a totally different experience compared to a standard lecture course. Here is the effect of this experience: Students learn to think independently: they learn to depend on their own reasoning to determine right from wrong; and they develop the central, important ideas of introductory number theory on their own. From that experience, they learn that they can personally create important ideas, and they develop an attitude of personal reliance and a sense that they can think effectively about difficult problems. These goals are fundamental to the educational enterprise within and beyond mathematics.

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This innovative textbook leads students on a carefully guided discovery of introductory number theory. The book is designed to develop students' mathematical thinking skills, particularly theorem-proving skills, whilst helping them understand some of the wonderfully rich ideas in the mathematical study of numbers.

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David Marshall received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, specializing in the field of algebraic number theory.Currently he teaches mathematics at Monmouth University. Edward Odell received his Ph.D from MIT. Currently he teaches at the University of Texas, Austin where he is the John T. Stuart III Centennial Professor of Mathematics. Michael Starbird received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently he teaches at the University of Texas, Austin.

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