From Polynomials to Sums of Squares

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CRC Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Mathematics - 196 pages
From Polynomials to Sums of Squares describes a journey through the foothills of algebra and number theory based around the central theme of factorization. The book begins by providing basic knowledge of rational polynomials, then gradually introduces other integral domains, and eventually arrives at sums of squares of integers. The text is complemented with illustrations that feature specific examples. Other than familiarity with complex numbers and some elementary number theory, very little mathematical prerequisites are needed. The accompanying disk enables readers to explore the subject further by removing the tedium of doing calculations by hand. Throughout the text there are practical activities involving the computer.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Summary of chapter 1
33
Summary of chapter 2
56
Summary of chapter 3
80
Summary of chapter 4
105
Summary of chapter 5
134
The product of primitive polynomials
155
Quadratic reciprocity
174
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