Elementary Theory of Numbers

World Scientific Publishing Company
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This book explains clearly and in detail the basic concepts and methods of calculations of the elementary theory of numbers. It consists of 7 chapters illustrated by numerous examples and exercises. Answers together with some hints to the exercises are given at the end of the book. It may be used as a textbook for undergraduate students.

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C Y Hsiung (Wuhan University, China)
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World Scientific Publishing Company
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Published on
Oct 20, 1992
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Pages
260
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ISBN
9789813103528
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English
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Mathematics / Algebra / General
Mathematics / Number Theory
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