Reading course Algebraic topology, fall 2013

The planning of the reading course is as follows. There will be 6 meetings (optional; all but one on Friday mornings), and 6 related homework sets. The meetings take place in Room Sn 402.

Meeting:Reading:Homework deadline:
20 Sep, 11:15-13:00Section 1 of syllabus1 Oct
1 Oct, 15:45-17:30 (!)Section 2 of syllabus 18 Oct
18 Oct, 11:15-13:00 Section 3 of syllabus 1 Nov
1 Nov, 11:15-13:00 Sections 1.4, 2.1 and 2.2 of Szamuely's book 15 Nov
15 Nov, 11:15-13:00 Section 2.3 of Szamuely's book 6 Dec
6 Dec, 11:15-13:00 Section 2.4 of Szamuely's book 20 Dec

In this course we will treat 2 important methods/techniques in topology and geometry: (1) singular homology, (2) covering spaces. We shall try to emphasise both formal/abstract properties and concrete examples. Part (1) will end with a discussion of the famous Brouwer fixpoint theorem in arbitrary dimension, and the hairy ball theorem.

Part (1) will be based on some chapters of the lecture notes 'Algebraic topology' by Prof. E. Looijenga. Other very useful references are Chapter IV of G.E. Bredon, Topology and Geometry, Graduate Texts in Mathematics 139, and Chapter 2 of A. Hatcher, Algebraic Topology.

Part (2) will be based on Sections 1.4 and 2.1--2.4 of the book Galois groups and fundamental groups by Tamas Szamuely. A set of errata is available at the author's website.

Prerequisites: the local courses Algebra 1--2, Linear Algebra 1--2, Topology (or their equivalents).

The solutions to the homework exercises will be graded ++ (very good), + (good), +- (not so good) or - (poor). After the course is over there will be an oral exam discussing a random subset of the semester's homework exercises. The final grade (a half-integer between 1 and 10) is meant to reflect the student's performance on the semester's homework exercises, as well as her or his progression on these as measured during the oral exam. The exam takes place in office Sn240.

The course is worth 6 EC.

The teaching assistant of this course is Stefan van der Lugt. Solutions to the homework sets need to be given to him; mailbox in the common room, or by email: zstefanzvdlugtz at gmailz dot comz (remove the z's).

Here is an exercise sheet for Part (1).

Homework deadline:Homework:
1 Oct Exercises 1--5 from sheet (1)
18 OctExercises 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 from sheet (1)
1 NovExercises 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 from sheet (1). Replace 'In class we have seen' from Exercise 17 by 'In the syllabus it is proved'
15 NovThe exercises from this sheet.
6 DecThe exercises from this sheet.
20 DecThe exercises from this sheet.

Schedule oral exams

January 27January 28Other date??
10:00-10:30BarucchieriJoshi (20 feb)
10:30-11:00HommelbergJespersSloof (20 feb)
11:30-12:00Koymansvan MulligenZarabara
12:00-12:30NoordmanPham (20 feb)
13:00-13:30PijpersChicas ReyesRuijter
13:30-14:00Rodriguez (20 feb)
14:30-15:00TillijSchoutenHekking (20 feb)
17:00-17:30van Munster