Math 6342: PointSet Topology, Fall
2008
Basic Info

Instructor: 
Dr. Mark
Tomforde


Office: 
601 PGH


Phone: 
7137433672


Office Hours: 
(by appointment)


Syllabus: 
Download the Syllabus


Lecture: 
MWF 1:00PM  2:00PM in 345 PGH


ANNOUNCEMENTS: 
There are no announcements at
this time. 
Exams and Homework
Homework:
Due Friday, Dec. 5
Reading Assignment: Chapter 7, Sec. 43, 4547; Chapter 8, Sec. 48
To Be Handed In: Nothing. Prepare for final.
Due Wednesday, Nov. 19
Reading Assignment: Chapter 3, Sec. 2329; Chapter 4, Sec. 3036;
Chapter 5, Sec. 3738
To Be Handed In: Homework 4
Due Monday, Oct. 13
Reading Assignment: Chapter 2, Sec. 1822, Chapter 3, Sec. 2326
To Be Handed In: Homework 3
Due Friday, Sept. 19
Reading Assignment: Chapter 2, Sec. 1417
To Be Handed In: Homework 2
Due Wednesday, Sept. 10
Reading Assignment: Chapter 1 (most of this should be review) and Sec.
1213
To Be Handed In: Homework 1
Exam Dates:
Exam 1  InClass portion on Sept. 22, TakeHome portion due Sept. 26
Exam 2  InClass portion on Oct. 20, TakeHome portion due Oct. 24
Final Exam  InClass portion on Wed., Dec. 17, 25PM, TakeHome due
then.
Miscellaneous Resources
 It will be important for you to read your textbook in this course.
If you are unfamiliar with reading mathematics textbooks, here is a
collection of Tips for Reading Your
Mathematics Textbook that I have written.
 Here are some links to sites about pointset topology.
 The history of mathematics is an important subject. It gives a
context
in which to view the results that one learns in math classes.
Furthermore it shows that mathematics is, first and
foremost, a human activity. By looking at the historical development of
many areas of mathematics we see that it took a long time for many of its
ideas to be
rigorized. Like many areas of human understanding, the development of
mathematics was not a
careful march down a wellcleared highway, but rather a journey into a
strange wilderness, where the explorers often got lost and many wrong
turns were taken. If you find yourself struggling to understand the
concepts introduced in this course, then you are in good company. Many
of the greatest minds in mathematics struggled with these same concepts
over a period of thousands of years.
MacTutor
History of Mathematics Archive.
In particular, you can read about the
History
of Topology.
 For something different, check out this Nova site about one
of the greatest achievements of mathematics in the 20th
century:
The proof of Fermat's Last
Theorem
 Also check out some unsolved problems in mathematics
and the various awards that are given to people working towards the
solutions of these, and many other, problems in mathematics:
 And for something a little lighter, check out
Mathematrix, and in particular, Math
Comics.