Math 524: Topology I

Instructor: Constance Leidy
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:40-4:00pm
Location: Exley Science Center 638
Office: Science Tower 641
Office Hours: Mondays 2:30-3:30pm and by appointment
Book: Algebraic Topology by Allen Hatcher
Phone Number: 860-685-5788
E-Mail Address:

Course Description

This course will be an introduction to algebraic topology, concentrating on homotopy, the fundamental group, and homology.


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 weekly, and will generally be due on Tuesdays.


One take-home midterm will be given. The final will not be take-home so that you can practice for the atmosphere of preliminary exams. The final is scheduled to be Thursday, May 14, 7:00-10:00pm.

Course Grade Determination

The course grade will be computed as follows:

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

  • 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 2:30-3:30pm, but am often available in my office. You can also always email me at to make an appointment.

    Students with Disabilites

    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 for more information.