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MAT6684V: Sieve Methods
Université de Montréal, Fall 2018

Contact information

Instructor: Dimitris Koukoulopoulos
E-mail: koukoulo AT dms.umontreal.ca
Office: 4163 Pav. André Aisenstadt


Dates and schedule

The course starts on Wednesday September 5 and ends on Wednesday December 5. There is no course on Monday October 1 (Québec election day), on Monday October 8 (Thanksgiving), and during the week of October 22 (Fall break). In order to replace some of the missed classes, the Monday course will be extended till noon on September 24, October 15, and October 29.


References

I will follow my own course notes (to be distributed by e-mail). My old course notes can be found here. Other useful resources are given by:


Grades

Sieve methods is a technical subject and it is important to develop good intuition about them. For this reason, every Wednesday, starting from Wednesday September 12, there will be two 30' student presentations. The first one will be from 10 to 10:30, followed by discussion, and the second one from 11 to 11:30, again followed by discussion. In order for the discussion to work as well as possible, it is important that you read the assigned material beforehand and you are familiar with the technical details of the proofs, as we will be focusing mainly on the intuition behind the proofs.

There will also be a homework assignment consisting of five problems. You must type your solutions in LaTeX and send them to me by email. The due dates (always on Monday, by 10am) are:

In the end of the semester, your grades will be determined as follows:

Type of evaluation Percentage
Presentations 40%
Class participation 10%
Homework 50%
Grade Points
A+ 90
A 70
A- 60
B+ 50
B 40
B- 30
C+ 20
C 10
F 0


Timeline

(The timeline is indicative; the content might vary in practice.)

Week 1 : September 3 - 7


Week 2: September 10 - 14


Week 3: September 17 - 21


Week 4: September 24 - 28


Week 5 : Octobre 1 - 5


Week 6: October 8 - 12


Week 7: October 15 - 19 octobre


Week 8: October 22 - 26

No classes this week (Fall break)


Week 9: October 29 - November 2


Week 10: November 5 - 9


Week 11: November 12 - 16


Week 12: November 19 - 23


Week 13: November 26 - 30


Week 14: December 3 - 7