Lecture TuTh 12:00-1:15 in Mohave A 121
Line # 18705
Instructor John Jones
Office WXLR 729
Office phone 965-3725
Best contact method E-mail. Messages for my office phone are
never checked, and sometimes the phone doesn't work.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:20,
and by appointment (e-mail for appointments.
MAT 447, MAT 300, linear algebra, programming course
Text Elliptic Curves: Number Theory and Cryptography, by Washington.
The main part of the course corresponds to chapters 1-7, although we
will not cover them in sequence. Time permitting,
we will cover parts of the later chapters.
The first part of the course is based on the notes
Algebra for Cryptologists
which provides background for the textbook.
Grading There will be two tests, homework, and a final.
The final grade will be computed by the following recipe:
25% per test (50% total)
The weights on the left side will be used to get a final average:
Final avg = 0.20 · (homework percent) + 0.50 · (test average) + 0.30 · (final exam percent)
Then final grades will be determined by the following chart.
Tests Tests will be given in class on
Test 1: March 1
Test 2: April 17
Homework assignments will appear on the course homework page. Each
student is expected to do and understand every problem assigned.
Problems to be submitted for grading will be underlined. Papers are
due on the date shown on the homework page, and should be turned in
before the start of class on the day they are due.
Homework submitted on the due date after class has
started, but before the class period is over, will be accepted, but
will have 10 points deducted from their score for being late. No
assignments will be accepted after the end of class.
Homework may not be submitted electronically.
to submit homework to my mailbox, it must turned in the day before
it is due in order to earn credit. (If work is turned in to my mailbox
on the day it is due, I won't know when it arrived, may have been late,
and will not be accepted.)
At the end of the semester, the three lowest homework scores for each
student will be dropped before averaging the others. For some students,
the dropped scores will be assignments which are missed for reasons
of illness, or because they were not submitted in time.
If you need to miss a test for exceptional circumstances such as a
documented illness, emergency, or a University-sanctioned activity,
contact the instructor at the earliest possible time. If an exam must
be taken late and is not excused, a late penalty will be assessed to
its score of a minimum of 15%.
Final Exam The final will be comprehensive and take place at
its regularly scheduled time.
I believe this to be
Tuesday, May 1,
12:10-2:00 PM, in our regular classroom, but students are
responsible for checking that this is the correct date and time.
In general, final exams cannot be rescheduled by ASU policy. See
ACD 304-01 for details.
Academic honesty is expected of all students in all examinations, papers, and laboratory work, academic transactions and records. The possible sanctions include, but are not limited to, appropriate grade penalties, course failure (indicated on the transcript as a grade of E), course failure due to academic dishonesty (indicated on the transcript as a grade of XE), loss of registration privileges, disqualification and dismissal. For more information, see
Students who feel they will need disability accommodations in this class but have not registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) should contact DRC immediately. The DRC Tempe office is located on the first floor of the Matthews Center Building. DRC staff can also be reached at: (480) 965-1234 (V) or (480) 965-9000 (TTY). For additional information, visit:
Be sure to arrive on time for class and pay attention to the class
activity. Excessive tardiness will be subject to sanctions.
Under no circumstances should you allow your cell phone to ring during
class. Disruptive behavior, which includes eating during class, will
not be tolerated.
During exams, it is especially important to avoid making unnecessary noise,
such as drumming on your desk or using a plastic water bottle.
The use of laptops (unless for note taking), cell phones, music players,
etc. are strictly prohibited during class.
All incidents and allegations of violent or threatening conduct by an ASU
student (whether on-or off campus) must be reported to the ASU Police
Department (ASU PD) and the Office of the Dean of Students. If either
office determines that the behavior poses or has posed a serious threat
to personal safety or to the welfare of the campus, the student
will not be permitted to return to campus or reside in any ASU residence
hall until an appropriate threat assessment has been completed and,
if necessary, conditions for return are imposed. ASU PD, the Office of
the Dean of Students, and other appropriate offices will coordinate
the assessment in light of the relevant circumstances.
Title IX is a federal law that provides that no person be excluded on
the basis of sex from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be
subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity.
Both Title IX and university policy make clear that sexual violence
and harassment based on sex is prohibited. An individual who believes
they have been subjected to sexual violence or harassed on the basis
of sex can seek support, including counseling and academic support,
from the university. If you or someone you know has been harassed on
the basis of sex or sexually assaulted, you can find information and
As a mandated reporter, I am obligated to report any information I
become aware of regarding alleged acts of sexual discrimination,
including sexual violence and dating violence. ASU Counseling
is available if you wish discuss any concerns confidentially and