Fall 2011 Introduction to Topology
Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald
Where to Get Help
326 Walker Hall,
Sometimes, if no one comes to office hours, I go down the hall to the mailroom, photocopy machine, or to talk to another professor. If I am not in my office during office hours, you should walk down the hall to look for me, and interrupt to tell me that you are there. I am always around and happy to help you during office hours unless otherwise posted to the webpage. You do not need to make an appointment to use office hours - just drop by! If you can't make office hours, message me on ASULearn, which will be answered at least once a day.
ASULearn Messages are the
easiest way to ask a math question outside of class and office hours.
I prefer that you use office hours since it is easier to discuss material in person, but if you can not make them, then this is a great alternative. Sometimes I may respond to questions of interest with a message to the entire class, so you are responsible for reading all posts by me. I usually check the posts at least once a day, including the weekends.
Topology by Munkres (2nd edition)
rental text available in the bookstore
i-clicker available for rental from the bookstore.
Introduction to Topology by Mendelson available for purchase
in the bookstore.
Check the tentative course calendar often for work due and any changes
(at least twice a week).
A study of the basic concepts of general topological spaces including such
topics as metric spaces, continuous functions, connectedness,
product spaces, and compactness. Prerequisite: MAT 3220. (SPEAKING)
has been designated as a
speaking intensive designated (S)
course, which means that
amount of the graded work be in oral presentations prepared outside of class".
Receiving Graduate Credit
In order to receive credit for 5710, graduate students who are enrolled
will complete extra grad problems as well as
an additional paper based on their semester long project
Material is covered very quickly.
Plan to spend 6-10 hours
per week, outside of class, on average, on this course.
You are responsible for all material covered and all announcements
and assignments made at each class, whether
you are present or not. You are also responsible for announcements
made on the web pages, so check them often.
When writing up work, be sure to give acknowledgment where it is due.
Submitting someone else's work as your own (PLAGIARISM) is a serious
violation of the University's Academic Integrity Code.
Asking questions, and explaining things to others, in or out of class,
is one of the best ways to improve your understanding of the material.
This course is to be an environment in which everyone
feels comfortable asking questions,
making mistakes, offering good guesses and ideas, and is respectful to
You should explore each problem
and write out your
thinking in a way that can be shared with others.
Focus on your own ideas.
Turn in projects or prepare to present problems
even if it they are not complete, even if only to say, "I do not
understand such and such" or "I am stuck here."
Be as specific as possible. Conjecture.
In this course, you will be challenged with problems that you have never
seen before. I do not expect you to be able to solve all the issues
immediately. Instead, I want to see what you can do on your own.
Out in the real world, this is important, since no matter what job
you have, you will be expected to seek out information and answers
to new topics you have not seen before.
This may feel uncomfortable and frustrating. I understand this
and want to help you through the process.
It helps to remember that
there are no mathematical dead-ends!
Each time we get stuck, it teaches us
something about the problem we are working on, and leads us to a
deeper understanding of the mathematics.
In the real world though, you are not expected to face your work alone.
You will be allowed to talk to other people
may even be expected to work with other people.
In this class, you are also not expected to face your work alone.
I encourage you to talk to me often in class, office hours,
and the bulletin board.
I am always happy to help you in class, during office hours (or by
appointment), or in an ASULearn message, and will
try to give you hints and direction.
At times though, to encourage the exploration process,
I may direct you to rethink a problem
and to come back to discuss it with me again afterwards. This occurs
when I believe that the struggle to understand is imperative for your
deep understanding of the material.