Algebraic Topology, by Hatcher Topology and Geometry, by Bredon Professor Alexandru I. Suciu Seifert fibration

MATH 7221 · Topology 2

Fall 2016

* Course Information

Course:   MATH 7221 — Topology 2
Web site:   http://www.northeastern.edu/suciu/MATH7221/top2.fa16.html
Instructor:   Prof. Alex Suciu  <a.suciu@neu.edu>
Time and Place:   Mon. and Wed. from 5:50pm to 7:20pm, in 209 Kariotis Hall
Office Hours:   Monday & Wednesday 4:40-5:40pm or by appointment, in 435 Lake Hall
Prerequisites:   MATH 5121 Topology 1, or MATH 4565 Topology (upon request)
Textbook:   Algebraic Topology, by Allen Hatcher, Cambridge University Press, 2002
Supplement: Topology and Geometry, by Glen Bredon, Springer-Verlag, GTM #139, 2002.
Grade:   Based on problem sets, exams, and class participation

* Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the concepts of Algebraic Topology, with an emphasis on homological methods, and with applications to problems in homotopy theory, geometry and combinatorics. It consists of three inter-connected parts:
1. Homology Theory and CW-Complexes
We will start with simplicial complexes and simplicial homology, after which we will proceed to singular homology, homological algebra (exact sequences, axioms), Mayer-Vietoris sequence, CW-complexes and cellular homology, calculation of homology of cellular spaces, and homology with coefficients.
2. Cohomology Theory
Cohomology groups, universal coefficients theorems, Bockstein homomorphism, Künneth formula, cup and cap products, Hopf invariant, Borsuk-Ulam theorem, Brouwer and Lefschetz fixed-point theorems.
3. Manifolds and Duality
Orientability, Poincaré duality, Lefschetz duality, Alexander duality, Euler class, Gysin sequence, intersection form, and signature.
For more information, see some older syllabi, from 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2014. You may also want to look at some past qualifying exams in Topology, based in part on the material covered in this course.
As a computational aide, I recommend using the SimpComp package, which runs under GAP, or the SimplicialComplexes package, which is part of Macaulay2.

* Homework Assignments

Homework Due date Section Pages Problems
1 September 21 Homework 1
2 October 5 Hatcher 2.1 132-133 16, 17, 18, 19, 26, 29
3 October 24 Hatcher 2.2 156-158 12, 26, 28, 29, 30(a)-(c), 33
4 November 7 Hatcher 1.3 82 32
Hatcher 2.1 132 22
Hatcher 2.2 157-158 20&21, 22&23, 24, 35
5 November 21 Hatcher 2.2 159 40, 43
Hatcher 3.1 205 6, 11
Hatcher 3.A 267 3
Hatcher 3.B 280 1
6 November 30 Hatcher 3.1 204-205 2&3, 10
Hatcher 3.2 228-229 1, 3(a), 6, 8


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Home Started:  April 30, 2016
Last modified: November 12, 2016
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