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623 Snow, 864-7114
KU course number: 69608
Meeting times: MWF, 1:00-1:50 PM, 456 Snow (note change)
Office hours: Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, Wednesdays 2:00-3:00, or by appointment
Discussion group on Google (requires membership)
Prerequisites: Officially, "Math 820 or permission of instructor." Not all of the material covered in Math 820 will be necessary for Math 821, but you should know what a topological space is and what "continuous", "connected", and "compact" mean outside the context of metric spaces. You should also be comfortable working with vector spaces and groups --- i.e., you should have taken or be taking Math 790/791, and preferably Math 830 as well.
The main textbook is Algebraic Topology by Allen Hatcher (Cambridge U. Press, 2002). The book is available as a free download from the author's website. If you choose to use the downloaded version, do not print out a copy on the department printer! You can also buy a paperback copy (e.g., from Cambridge U. Press or Amazon) for roughly $30.
Other books that may be helpful:
Problem sets will be posted on Fridays, starting 1/28/11, and will be due on the following second Monday (i.e., ten days later) at 5:00 PM. You must submit typed solutions, preferably using LaTeX. Hand-drawn figures are acceptable. You can either submit hard copies or send me the PDF version by e-mail.
|#||Assigned date||Due date||LaTeX source||PDF document||Figures (if any)|
|1||Fri 1/28/11||Mon 2/7/11||hw1.tex||hw1.pdf|
|2||Fri 2/11/11||Mon 2/21/11||hw2.tex||hw2.pdf|
|3||Fri 2/25/11||Mon 3/7/11||hw3.tex||hw3.pdf||rotategraph.eps|
|4||Fri 3/11/11||Mon 3/28/11||hw4.tex||hw4.pdf||dunce.eps | torus-decomp.eps|
|5||Fri 4/1/11||Wed 4/13/11||hw5.tex||hw5.pdf|
|6||Fri 4/15/11||Wed 4/27/11||hw6.tex||hw6.pdf|
|7||Fri 4/29/11||Wed 5/11/11||hw7.tex||hw7.pdf|