General topology: Introduction to set theory; the axiom of choice; topological spaces; product spaces; continuity; connectedness; compactness; separation axioms. Introduction to Algebraic Topology: The Fundamental Group.
Homework is an important part of any math class. It is important that you practice doing the problems. This will help you to understand the material better and will prepare you for the exams. You are encouraged to discuss the homework, and to work together on the problems. However each student is responsible for the final preparation of his or her own homework papers.
Homework will be assigned at the end of every class and typically will be posted on http://cleidy.web.wesleyan.edu/teaching/523fall2011/homework.html. It will be due weekly, generally on Wednesdays.
One take-home midterm will be given. The final will not be take-home so that you can practice for the atmosphere of qualifying exams. The final is scheduled to be Saturday, December 17, 2:00-5:00pm.
The course grade will be computed as follows:
Sometimes it is helpful to have one-on-one conversations, which is not really possible during the scheduled class time. This is the purpose of office hours. Office hours are times that I have set aside in my schedule to be available to you. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions about something you didn't understand the in the lecture or a homework problem. Please take advantage of this time.
I will hold office hours Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30pm and Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm, but am often available in my office. You can also always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
to make an appointment.
It is the policy of Wesleyan University to provide reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Students, however, are responsible for registering with Disabilities Services, in addition to making requests known to me in a timely manner. If you require accommodations in this class, please make an appointment with me during the first two weeks of class, so that appropriate arrangements can be made. All discussions will remain confidential. Students with disabilities should also contact Dean Lazare. Please see http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/disability-students.html for more information.