PURE MTH 4066 - Pure Mathematics Topic E - Honours
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PURE MTH 4066 Course Pure Mathematics Topic E - 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 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 Coordinator: Dr David Baraglia
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Course Learning OutcomesIn 2017, the topic of this course is Algebraic Topology.
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 might 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, homology and cohomology, and the course will be aimed at providing students with an introduction to these key ideas.
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, deformation retracts,
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 homology and 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 homology and cohomology of some topological spaces using the Eilenberg-Steenrod axioms,
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.
- 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.
University Graduate Attributes
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. The following books are fairly standard:
• M. Greenberg and J. Harper, Algebraic topology: A first course, (515.14 G798a)
• A. Hatcher, Algebraic topology, (515.14 H3616a)
• W. Massey, A basic course in algebraic topology, (515.14 M416b)
• C. R. F. Maunder, Algebraic Topology, (513.83 M451A)
• E. H. Spanier, Algebraic Topology, (513.83 S735)
The book by Hatcher is probably the best of all, and the course is likely to use it as a primary reference. It can be downloaded (free and legally) from http://www.math.cornell.edu/~hatcher/. The book by Greenberg and Harper used to be a very standard reference until the arrival of Hatcher's book. The books by Massey and Maunder are also good reference books that have good explanations. Spanier is comprehensive but very hard to digest.
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 Lecture 30 90 Assignments 6 66 Total 156
Learning Activities Summary1) Review of point-set topology (2 lectures)
2) Basic notions of homotopy theory (1 lecture)
3) Fundamental groups and applications (10 lectures)
4) Homology and cohomology (12 lectures)
5) Applications of homology and cohomology (5 lectures)
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Task type Due Weighting Learning outcomes Examination Summative Examination period 70% all Homework assignment Formative and summative One week after assigned 30% all
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of 50% is required to pass the course.
Assessment DetailThere will be a total of 6 homework assignments, due one week after they are assigned. 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.
SubmissionHomework assignments must be given to the lecturer in person or emailed as a pdf file. 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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