chapter  1
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Integers and Computer Algebra

Number theory is the study of the integers: . . . ,−3,−2,−1, 0, 1, 2, 3, . . .. Number theorists investigate how the integers behave under addition and multiplication. Often they deal with just the nonnegative integers, 0, 1, 2, 3, . . ., or with the positive integers 1, 2, 3, 4, . . ..