Examination papers related to

My Number Theory and Cryptography
third year BA/BEd course

My Challenging Mathematical Puzzles and
Problems BA only course
My third year Number Theory and Cryptography course (there is a
preparatory
second year course on Number Theory)  which I first taught in the academic year
199596  is examined with a 3hour written paper (attempt six questions
out of eight, each question obtaining the same credit), and a 2hour practical computer lab examination
(all four questions to be attempted, the marks on the questions divided 30, 20,
30, 20) using Maple.
Below I make available all my examination papers for the years from 199596 to
the present, 20012002. Not being LaTeX literate, I prepare my exam papers with
Microsoft Word, and a typical 3hour paper would come to about 200300KBs, and a
Rich Text Format (rtf) conversion would come to about 700800KBs (the 2hour
Maple papers would take up fewer KBs) Thus, to make my papers available, what I
have done is this: converted the Word versions to rtf, and then zipped those.
Finally, I also make available one student's actual Maple work  question by
question  for the 199899 examination: I had to update it from its original
MapleV state to MapleVI, and I've also made a rtf conversion of it for readers
who may not have Maple. There was nothing particularly special about the
year or student that I choose (as it happens she was ranked in the middle of her
class of about thirty students). I have made her solutions available in two
formats: the original Maple mws format, and its rtf conversion.
Starting a NT and cryptography course from scratch was problematic, especially
as I had absolutely no idea as to what anyone else was doing elsewhere. What
should I have in the course? How long would it take to cover the material? How
would one examine it? ... I would say that the first two years were exploratory
ones, and that it was only at the third attempt that I felt I really knew just
what I should have, and could cover, in my course.
19951996 3hour paper
(39KB) 2hour
Maple paper (23KB)
19961997 3hour paper
(39KB) 2hour
Maple paper (10KB)
19971998 3hour paper
(40KB) 2hour
Maple paper (19KB)
19981999 3hour paper
(38KB) 2hour
Maple paper (15KB)
19992000 3hour paper
(34KB) 2hour
Maple paper (14KB)
20002001 3hour paper
(42KB) 2hour
Maple paper (14KB)
20012002 3hour paper
(45KB) 2hour
Maple paper (14KB)
The 19981999 student's Maple examination work (I may add some others in
the future, especially if I find that I get some comments from readers about
that):
quest1.mws
quest1.rtf
quest2.mws
quest2.rtf
quest3.mws
quest3.rtf
quest4.mws
quest4.rtf
Finally, I should point out that the cryptographic code (the crypt/alphabet,
to_number and from_number procedures) at the start of questions 2 and 3 in the Maple
paper is provided to students.
Finally, here is first exam paper for my new (20022003) third year BA only course on
Challenging
Mathematical Puzzles and Problems:
20022003
Exam Paper (Word, zip, 18KB)
20022003
Exam Paper (Wordrtf, zip, 16KB)