Math 5220 - Introduction to Topology

Control number 10871
Spring Semester 2012
Department of Mathematics
Western Michigan University

Updated January 5, 2012.

Time and location:  Class meets 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., TR, in 2211 Rood Hall.  Final exam is Thursday, Apr. 26, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Instructor:  Jay A. Wood, 6617 Everett Tower, (269) 387-4812, email: jay(dot)wood(at)wmich(dot)edu .

Office hours:  2 - 3 p.m., MTR, or by appointment.

Course description (from the undergraduate catalog):   "Topics to be chosen from: Topological spaces and continuous functions, metric spaces, connectivity, separation axioms, compactness, product and quotient spaces, paracompactness, and manifolds."  We will do some of these topics as well as some material on the fundamental group.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: MATH 3300 or MATH 5700.

Credits: 3 hours

Textbook:  C. Wayne Patty, Foundations of Topology, Jones and Bartlett, 2009. 

Homework:  Here is the list of homework assignments for the semester.  Due dates will be announced in class (usually two class days after being covered in class).  Homework will be graded, but I reserve the right to grade only a portion of the problems assigned.

Grades:  Course grades will be determined by an accumulation of points from homework (up to 200 pts), two in-class exams (up to 100 pts each), and a final exam (up to 200 pts).  That is a total of 600 possible points.  I will be at least as generous as follows:  A-at least 540; BA-at least 510; B-at least 480; CB- at least 450; C-at least 420; DC-at least 390; D-at least 360.  Students enrolled for graduate credit will be expected to do more sophisticated work.

Exam dates:  Midterm exams are Thursdays, Feb. 9 and March 22, in class.  Final exam is Thursday, Apr. 26, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Collaboration:  You may work together on homework assigments, but not exams.  If you do work together, or if you receive assistance from someone else, please say so on your paper (e.g., "I worked with John Milnor on problems 5 and 7, and with Michael Hopkins on problems 10 and 15.").  Each person is responsible for writing up his/her own version of the solution.

Accommodation for Disabilities:  Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services for Students at 387-2116 at the beginning of the semester. A disability determination must be made by that office before any accommodations are provided by the instructor.

Student Conduct and Academic Honesty:
You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the academic policies and procedures
in the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalogs (found online, ) and from the Office of Student Conduct (at ) that pertain to student rights and responsibilities. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity, and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.