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by Al Cuoco

This article originally appeared in:
College Mathematics Journal
March, 2006

Subject classification(s): Algebra and Number Theory | Number Theory | Integers
Applicable Course(s): 4.3 Number Theory

This capsule introduces a way of producing the Möbius function in Number Theory through the algebra of formal series. The author hopes that this exposition can lobby more mathematicians to integrate some formal algebra and combinatorics into the instruction of elementary number theory.

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Capsule Course Topic(s):
Number Theory | Arithmetic Functions
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