John Merriman's
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Current Office Hours
Links to home pages:
[IMS]
[STMS Faculty]
[UoK]
Teaching and related material
This section provides information about course modules on which I currently
teach. There may be information about them on SMSAS module pages but all
students should access via UoK Moodle. There is a link below.
I am the convenor for the following modules.

MA026: Mathematical Workshops for the Foundation Year

MA303: Algebra

MA300: Geometry (and teach Part 2 which is on Hyperbolic Geometry).
I also give lectures on the following.

MA553: Linear Algebra (Term 2)
Anything which is currently available on these modules can be found on
Moodle which you can access from the student portal.
Research and related material
My research interests are mainly in the area of arithmetic algebraic geometry
which is the area where number theory and algebraic geometry meet.
I am interested in the computation of various
quantities which arise in the study of diophantine questions like the
conjectures of Birch and SwinnertonDyer and in evidence for Langlands' type
conjectures, particularly the Generalised Shimura Taniyama (GST) Conjecture.
In particular, I am interested in the arithmetic questions these
general problems pose for low dimensional abelian varieties (eg
the Jacobians of curves of genus 2 and 3.)
IMSAS LaTeX examination paper preparation
Here in
postscript or in PDF are
instructions for using the IMSAS LaTeX package (author Mike Bremner).
More detailed instructions on the use of this style file can be found in
postscript here or in PDF here.
The current exam style file is year independent but might not work with very old exam papers
(please consult me if you need to process a very old paper):
year independent exam style file.
Sample file contains a two section
skeleton file for the standard format papers with A and B sections (save to file).
Further instructions for question labelling in the above files.
Other links
Some more that I visit elsewhere:
Links to home pages:
[IMS]
[STMS Faculty]
[KENT Homepage]
John Merriman (J.R.Merriman@kent.ac.uk)