– Introduction to Topology
Office: JWB 303
Office hours: MWF 1:00-2:00 or by appointment (Click on the link for my schedule.)
Prerequisites: “C” or better in Math 5510 or consent of the instructor. Math 5310 will also be helpful but not required.
Meeting place and time: MWF 9:40-10:30, LCB 215
Text: Mostly Surfaces,
by Richard Schwartz
The book is available online and in published form. The online copy is updated and has many errors corrected.
Course description: This course is the second semester of an introduction to topology and geometry. We will study the geometry and topology of surfaces and along the way learn some basics concepts in algebraic topology and differential geometry. We will only cover a portion of the book. The course will be rigorous and proof based. It is essential for anyone planning to study pure math in graduate school.
Grades: Given that that this is a small class my plan is than rather than having a formal grading scheme, grades will be based on a combination of homework problems and in class presentations. I am not planning on having any in class exams although that may change if it seems necessary.The first homework assignment is here. Please do as many problems as we can.
Students with disabilities may contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to discuss special accommodations for the course.