PURE MTH 4013 - Pure Mathematics Topic D - Honours

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

The course information on this page is being finalised for 2016. Please check again before classes commence.

Please contact the School of Mathematical Sciences for further details, or view course information on the School of Mathematical Sciences web site at http://www.maths.adelaide.edu.au

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PURE MTH 4013
    Course Pure Mathematics Topic D - Honours
    Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description Please contact the School of Mathematical Sciences for further details, or view course information on the School of Mathematical Sciences web site at http://www.maths.adelaide.edu.au
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Mathai Varghese

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    In 2016, the topic of this course is Differential and Algebraic Topology.

    Syllabus

    This course is part of the geometry/topology sequence. However, its methods also underlie part of the basic theory of partial differential equations, which appears, roughly speaking, as an infinite-dimensional extension of these ideas.

    Aims:
    * To define the degree of a smooth map and give standard topological applications
    * To show existence of embeddings of compact smooth manifolds into Euclidean space
    * To define and study transversality results
    * To study regular and singular values of smooth maps and Sard's theorem
    * brief introduction to Morse theory
    * brief introduction to surgery theory
    * brief introduction to K-theory
    Other topics not covered in Topic A eg some Riemannian geometry, Inverse and implicit function theorems etc
    Advanced topics if time permits:
    * brief introduction to the Dirac operator and index theory
    (here is where Topic B is required)

    Assumed knowledge:
    Topic A (Murray's course in semester 1)
    Topic B (Rosenberg's course in semester 1)
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    None.
    Recommended Resources
    1. Differential Manifolds (Dover Books on Mathematics) by Antoni A. Kosinski 

    2. Algebraic Topology: A First Course (Mathematics Lecture Note Series) by Marvin J. Greenberg and John R. Harper

    3. Algebraic Topology by Allan Hatcher
    https://www.math.cornell.edu/~hatcher/AT/ATpage.html

    4. Vector bundles and K-theory by Allan Hatcher
    https://www.math.cornell.edu/~hatcher/VBKT/VBpage.html
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The lecturer guides the students through the course material in 30 lectures. Students are expected to engage with the material in the lectures. Interaction with the lecturer and discussion of any difficulties that arise during the lecture is encouraged. Fortnightly homework assignments help students strengthen their understanding of the theory and their skills in applying it, and allow them to gauge their progress.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.


    Activity        Quantity      Workload hours
    Lectures          30              90
    Assignments      6              66
    Total                                156
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Examination                      70% 
    Homework assignments      30%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    An aggregate score of 50% is required to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    There will be a total of 6 homework assignments, distributed during each even week of the semester and due at the end of the following week. Each will cover material from the lectures, and in addition, will sometimes go beyond that so that students may have to undertake some additional research.
    Submission
    Homework assignments must be given to the lecturer in person or emailed as a pdf. Failure to meet the deadline without reasonable and verifiable excuse may result in a significant penalty for that assignment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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