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Methods of Solving Number Theory Problems


  • Teaches number theory through problem solving, making it perfect for self-study and Olympiad preparation

  • Contains over 260 challenging problems and 110 homework exercises in number theory with hints and detailed solutions

  • Encourages the creative applications of methods, rather than memorization


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Ellina Grigorieva
    Pages 1-61
  3. Ellina Grigorieva
    Pages 63-139
  4. Ellina Grigorieva
    Pages 141-244
  5. Ellina Grigorieva
    Pages 245-334
  6. Ellina Grigorieva
    Pages 335-375
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 377-391

About this book


Through its engaging and unusual problems, this book demonstrates methods of reasoning necessary for learning number theory. Every technique is followed by problems (as well as detailed hints and solutions) that apply theorems immediately, so readers can solve a variety of abstract problems in a systematic, creative manner. New solutions often require the ingenious use of earlier mathematical concepts - not the memorization of formulas and facts. Questions also often permit experimental numeric validation or visual interpretation to encourage the combined use of deductive and intuitive thinking. 

The first chapter of the book covers topics like even and odd numbers, divisibility, prime, perfect, figurate numbers, and introduces congruence.  The next chapter works with representations of natural numbers in different bases, as well as the theory of continued fractions, quadratic irrationalities, and also explores different methods of proofs. The third chapter is dedicated to solving unusual factorial and exponential equations, Diophantine equations, introduces Pell’s equations and how they connect algebra and geometry. Chapter 4 reviews Pythagorean triples and  their relation to algebraic geometry, representation of a number as the sum of squares or cubes of other numbers, quadratic residuals, and interesting word problems. Appendices provide a historic overview of number theory and its main developments from ancient cultures to the modern day.

Drawing from cases collected by an accomplished female mathematician, Methods in Solving Number Theory Problems is designed as a self-study guide or supplementary textbook for a one-semester course in introductory number theory. It can also be used to prepare for mathematical Olympiads. Elementary algebra, arithmetic and some calculus knowledge are the only prerequisites. Number theory gives precise proofs and theorems of an irreproachable rigor and sharpens analytical thinking, which makes this book perfect for anyone looking to build their mathematical confidence.​


Number Theory Diophantine Equations Fermat's Little Theorem Euler's Formula Wilson's Theorem Pythagorean Triples Waring Problem Divisibility

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceTexas Woman’s UniversityDentonUSA

About the authors

Ellina Grigorieva, PhD, is Professor of Mathematics at Texas Women's University, Denton, TX, USA.

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