Math 6342: PointSet Topology, Fall
2013
Basic Info

Instructor: 
Dr. Mark
Tomforde


Office: 
601 PGH


Office Hours: 
Monday and Wednesday 11AMNoon


Optional Problem Session: 
Friday 11AMNoon in 205 AH


Syllabus: 
Download the Syllabus


Lecture: 
MWF 10AM11AM in 301 AH


ANNOUNCEMENTS: 
The Final Exam and last
homework have been posted. 
Exams and Homework
Homework:
Due Wednesday, Dec. 11
Reading Assignment: None
To Be Handed In: Final Exam
Due Friday, Dec. 6
Reading Assignment: Sec. 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48
Your final homework is to watch the video "Outside In" and the video
"Not Knot" available on
YouTube:
Once you have watched both videos, send me an email and I'll mark it in
the gradebook. If you don't email me by 11AM on Friday, you do not get
credit for completing the assignment.
Due Wednesday, Nov. 11
Reading Assignment: Sec. 37, 38
To Be Handed In: Homework 8
Due Friday, Nov. 1
Reading Assignment: Sec. 34, 35, 36
To Be Handed In: Nothing. Catch up on Reading. No Class on Friday.
Due Friday, Oct. 25
Reading Assignment: Sec. 33
To Be Handed In: Exam 2
Due Friday, Oct. 18
Reading Assignment: Sec. 31, 32
To Be Handed In: Homework 7
Due Friday, Oct. 11
Reading Assignment: Sec. 29, 30
To Be Handed In: Homework 6
Due Friday, Oct. 4
Reading Assignment: Sec. 25, 26, 27, 28
To Be Handed In: Homework 5
Due Friday, Sept. 27
Reading Assignment: Sec. 22, 23, 24
To Be Handed In: Exam 1
Due Friday, Sept. 20
Reading Assignment: Sec. 19, 20, 21, 22
To Be Handed In: Homework 4
Due Friday, Sept. 13
Reading Assignment: Sec. 1718
To Be Handed In: Homework 3
Due Friday, Sept. 6
Reading Assignment: Sec. 1416
To Be Handed In: Homework 2
Due Friday, Aug. 30
Reading Assignment: Chapter 1 (most of this should be review) and Sec.
1213
To Be Handed In: Homework 1
Exam Dates:
Exam 1  Due Friday, Sept. 27 at the beginning of class
Exam 2  Due Friday, Oct. 25 at the beginning of class
Final Exam  Due Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Noon
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: