An Introduction to Cryptology

Math 348:01 - Spring 2012

TF 2nd period in ARC 207 (Busch campus)


REVIEW PROBLEMS for the Final exam

FINAL EXAM in ARC 207 May 09, 2012: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

OFFICE HOURS 4/30 - 5/4: M 4-5, T 10:30-11:30, W 4-5, Th 10:30-11:30 , F 3-4

Examples of Diffie-Helman key exchange, El Gamal ciphers and RSA public key encryption

Extra credit related to the midterm exam.

The midterm exam is in class on Tuesday 3/20/2012. There is a brief description of the exam.

The Mathematics 348 project is due the last day of class April 27, 2012.

OFFICE HOURS: M 4-5 PM, F 3-4 PM Hill 546

There will be a Mathematics 348 project due at the final day of class (4/27/12).

A link to some cryptology applets has been added to the links at the bottom of the syllabus.

Be sure to make note of the corrections below to the first and second printings of the text.

Mathematical Careers and Ideas talk on Enigma. Wednesday 2/15/12 6:40 in Hill 703.

General Information

This is an upper level MATH course. It is directed at students in mathematics, electrical engineering, or computer science who have strong interest in mathematics and want to learn about the exciting applications of algebra and number theory to cryptography and cryptanalysis.

course syllabus and homework assignments

Prerequisites: Linear Algebra (Math 250) and one of Math 300, 356, or 477, or permission of department.
Part of the course will cover the needed background material on number theory (see below).


Paul Garrett, Making, Breaking Codes; an Introduction to Cryptology, 2nd edition Prentice-Hall, 2001. (Errata to 2nd printing and Errata to 1st printing)


As the title indicates, this is an introduction to modern cryptography. Topics to be covered include:

Last updated: January 16, 2012