PURE MTH 4013 - Pure Mathematics Topic D - Honours
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
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 Restrictions Honours students only Course Description Please contact the School of Mathematical Sciences for further details.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Nicholas Buchdahl
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Course Learning OutcomesIn 2020, the topic of this course is Algebraic topology
Description: The aim of Algebraic Topology is to use algebraic structures and techniques to classify topological spaces up to homeomorphism. Algebraic objects are associated to topological spaces in such a way that "natural" operations on the latter correspond to "natural" operations on the former - continuous maps correspond to group homomorphisms, homeomorphisms to isomorphisms, etc. In this way, it is often possible to distinguish between different topological spaces by demonstrating that certain associated algebraic objects are not isomorphic. It is rarely the case that the converse can be shown; i.e., that two topological spaces with the same associated algebraic objects are actually homeomorphic, but when this can be done, it is often regarded as a major triumph of the theory.
Within the realms of algebraic topology, there are several basic concepts that underly the theory and serve as the building blocks and models for subsequent generalisation, the algebraic topology of today being a very broad and highly generalised area that has pervaded much of contemporary mathematics. Such concepts include homotopy, cohomology, and homological algebra and the course will be aimed at providing students with an introduction to these key ideas.
Key Phrases: Fundamental group, covering spaces, cohomology, homological algebra
Knowledge: It will be assumed that you have some familiarity with basic point-set topology (or at least metric spaces) and familiarity with basic notions of abstract algebra (groups, rings, fields etc.) However I will give a review of point-set topology in the first few lectures.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to
1) understand the basic notions of homotopy theory such as homotopy of maps, homotopy equivalences, contractible spaces, fibrations
2) define the fundamental group of a (path connected) topological space and be able to compute fundamental groups of some simple examples using for example the Seifert-van Kampen Theorem,
3) define the singular cohomology groups of a topological space and their relative versions,
4) understand and work with basic concepts in homological algebra, including chain complexes and long exact sequences,
5) compute the cohomology of some topological spaces,
6) apply the topological invariants constructed in this course to the solution of various problems in topology, for instance, to prove that
two spaces are not homeomorphic.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
all Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
Recommended ResourcesThere is no textbook for the course, but the following books are good (legally) free references:
1. Algebraic Topology by Allan Hatcher
2. A Concise Course in Algebraic Topology by Peter May
Some books in the library that may be useful include
3. Algebraic Topology: A First Course by Marvin J. Greenberg and John R. Harper, Mathematics Lecture Note Series (515.14 G798a)
4. A basic course in algebraic topology by William Massey, Graduate Texts in Mathematics 127 (515.14 M416b)
Online LearningThis course will have an active MyUni website.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe 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.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload Hours Lectures 30 105 Assignments 5 30 Test 1 21 Total 156
Learning Activities SummaryReview of algebra and point-set topology (2 lectures)
Homotopy (3 lectures)
The fundamental group (7 lectures)
Singular homology (9 lectures)
Cell complexes (2 lectures)
Cohomology (4 lectures)
Orientation of manifolds (2 lectures)
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Component Weighting Learning Outcomes Assignments 20% all Test 20% all Exam 60% all
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of 50% is required to pass the course.
Assessment DetailThere will be a total of 5 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. There will be a midterm test in the week preceeding the midterm break covering approximately the first one third of the course. There will be a final exam focussing on, but not limited to, the last two-thirds of the course.
SubmissionHomework 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.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported 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
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