Office hours and address

Office location: Boyd 603C

Office hours for Summer 2018

  • Every day: 2:00-3:30pm
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays additional hours: 4:30-6:00pm

or by appointment. You can stop by if my door is open.

Mailing address

Dr. Michael Klipper
(706) 542-2588
Boyd GSRC 603C
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

Basic Course Information / Links

Course Sections (click on the section number for syllabus)

Section 52037 / 52038: MTWRF 9:15am-10:15am in Boyd 323


Useful Website Links


Tutoring resources (includes some paid tutor options)

  • The math department offers some free study halls many afternoons in Boyd, though I don't know how useful they are for 4000-level courses.
  • (I'm not sure how tutor availability differs for the summer as well.)

Math 4000 / 6000, Summer 2018

Class Schedule


All textbook sections come from the course textbook. Your homework sets also use many problems from that textbook.

  • The problem text may be recopied in homework assignments, so that you can do problems without having to keep your book open all the time.
  • For more details, consult the syllabus.


Don't forget about handouts that are attached in this calendar, such as group-work solutions and HW assignments.

  • Partial solution sets can instead be found on eLC.


Expect this calendar to be updated several times a week.

UNIT 1: Fundamentals of Z, gcds, and modular congruence

Week 1:

  • Tues Jun 5, 2018: Section 1.1. Introduction to basic + and * laws, recap of proof by induction.
  • Wed Jun 6: Section 1.1. Induction practice, the Binomial Theorem.
  • Thu Jun 7: Section 1.2. Divisors, Euclidean division (quotient and remainder), common divisors.
  • Fri Jun 8: Section 1.2. Euclidean Algorithm practice, linear combinations ax + by for integers x,y.


HW 1 - due Monday Jun 11

  • Every student must hand in all the required problems. Students in MATH 6000 must do at least one challenge problem.
  • Any challenge problems completed beyond this minimum are counted as extra credit.


If you're having a hard time getting the textbook, here's the first section's homework to tide you over for the moment.

Week 2:


HW 2 - due Friday Jun 15


TEST 1 will be Wednesday June 20.

  • Expect 5 to 7 questions, similar to HW level of difficulty, for a 60-minute test.
    • The first question always asks you to repeat definitions or to give very short examples.
  • This test covers material from Sections 1.1 to 1.4.
    • Section 2.1 won't show up on the test, but Section 1.4 will (despite not appearing on HW 1 or 2).
    • Make sure to go over your graded comments on HW sets!
  • Calculators will be allowed to help you do basic divisions, but you still have to show your steps for approaches like the Euclidean Algorithm.
  • Here's a topic list for the test.
  • Here are practice problems for the test.
    • We'll have an in-class review day, to go over your open questions or the practice problems, on Tuesday June 19.

Week 3:

  • Mon Jun 18: Section 2.1. Ordered rings.
  • Tues Jun 19: Test 1 Review
    • Review materials, such as practice problems, are located in the previous week's links.
  • Wed Jun 20: TEST 1
  • Thu Jun 21: Section 2.3. Basic computation in C, conjugates and magnitudes, polar form.
    • HW 3 is released now, due on Tues Jun 26.
  • Fri Jun 22: Section 2.3. Using polar form and DeMoivre's Theorem to determine roots of complex numbers.


HW 3 - due Tues Jun 26 (starts after Test 1)


Final exam details

Mon July 30, 2018

8:00am to 11:00am (try to show up a bit early to get yourself settled)

Boyd 323 (our usual classroom)

  • This exam will cover all the material from the three in-class exams.
    • Expect somewhere on the order of 12 to 14 questions, fairly similar to previous test questions. This should be around twice the length of an in-class test.
  • No bathroom breaks once the test starts. Talk to me if this is an issue.
  • You'll have to leave your backpack (or similar containers) at the side of the room during the test. Turn phones and smart watches off.

Last updated: 6/18/2018