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1071-11-77 Kalyani K. Madhu* (kkmadhu@math.rochester.edu). The Proportion of Periodic Points in Fp . m Let f (x) = x + c be a polynomial in Fp [x]. The orbit of any α ∈ Fp under iteration of this map is finite; thus α is necessarily preperiodic. We consider the proportion of strictly periodic α ∈ Fp and show that for certain classes of primes p ∈ Z, the proportion of periodic α in Fp tends to zero as p becomes arbitrarily large. Our technique is to identify the Galois groups of the successive splitting fields of f n (x) − t over Fp (t), and to draw conclusions using Chebotarev’s Density Theorem for function fields, similar to the technique used by Jones for quadratic polynomials over Z and Odoni for generic polynomials over number fields. (Received February 17, 2011) 1