### Math
680 Introduction to Algebraic Topology.

# Syllabus

*In mathematics you don't
understand things. You just get used to them*.

-- John von Neumann, Nobel Prize winner.

**Time and Place:** MTWRF 3-4:45 at ??? Smith Hall.
**Instructor:**
Peter Saveliev.
**Office:** 756 Smith Hall.
**Office Hours: **MTWRF 4-5, or by appointment.
**Office Phone:** x4639.
**Home Phone:** 697-7827 (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.).
**E-mail:**
saveliev@marshall.edu.
**Class Web-Page: **
http:\\saveliev.net, then go to Math 690.
**Prerequisites:** MTH 300 and MTH 450.
**Texts:**
*Topology of Surfaces *by Kinsey.
**Short Description: **First course in topology.
Basics of point-set topology: topological spaces, continuity, connectedness,
compactness, products, quotients. Surfaces and simplicial complexes, Euler
characteristics. Introductory algebraic topology: simplicial homology, the
fundamental group.** **Knots, if time permits.
**Evaluation:** 3 tests, final exam, quizzes, weekly
homework, presentations.