Math 523: Topology I

Instructor: Constance Leidy
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:20-2:40pm
Location: Exley 618
Office: Exley 641
Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 3-4pm and by appointment
Books: Topology, Second Edition by James R. Munkres
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Course Description

This course will be an introduction to topological spaces and the fundamental group. Topics will include topological spaces, continuous maps, metric spaces, product spaces, quotient spaces, compactness, connectedness, separation axioms, and an introduction to homotopy and 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. Homework will be assigned weekly, and will generally be due on Wednesdays.

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.

It is important to cite any sources that you consult while working on the homework. It is a serious violation of the honor cord to consult solutions to homework problems that have been posted on the internet or appear elsewhere.


One midterm and one final will be given. The final is scheduled to be Friday, December 16, 9:00am-12:00pm.

Course Grade Determination

The course grade will be computed as follows:

  • Homework - 30%
  • Midterm - 30%
  • Final - 40%

  • Office Hours

    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 Mondays and Tuesdays, 3-4pm, but am often available in my office. You can also always email me at to make an appointment.

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