Algebraic Topology I


Math 6441, Spring 2018


The homework assignments will be posted below and will be due in class on the day indicated on the assignment. I encourage you to work on these assignments with other students in the class and to use whatever other resources you might have (like me and others in the department), but each problem must be written up in your own words by you. At some point everyone needs to learn TeX or LaTeX so I encourage you to write up your homework using one of these packages, but this is not a requirement. If you would like help getting started with TeX or LaTeX you are welcome to talk to me about it. The midterm exam will be in class and I will announce it on this web page and in class at least 1 week before the exam. The tentative date for the exam is February 26. If you need to miss the midterm exam you must talk to me about this in advance if possible. If you miss a midterm exam for an excused reason you will be given a makeup exam. Term PaperPurpose: In graduate school it is important to learn how to research a topic independently and also present mathematics clearly in a written form. The term paper will give you a chance to practice and get feedback on these skills. Each student will write a term paper for the class. The paper will cover some topic in topology, algebra, algebraic topology, or its application to some other area (physics, biology, data analysis, etc.). The idea is for you to explore some area you find interesting related to the class. The paper will need to have
The target audience for these papers is other students in the class. In fact part of the grade on the paper will be your providing helpful and constructive feedback to other students. Knowing who your audience is will help you while writing the paper and by seeing what others are doing well and not so well, you will be able to get a better idea how to be a better writer yourself. Your grade on the paper will be determined by the following
When you turn in the draft of the paper, you will turn in three copies. I will then assign 2 other students to read your paper and provide feedback using this form. The feedback will be constructive and kind. (If you make negative comments that are unhelpful and unconstructive. Then I will not give the comments to the student and you will get a 0 for this 20% of the grade.) After you complete your evaluation of other student's papers, you will fill out this form about your own paper. I will collect the student feedback and return it to you shortly after April 9. You can use this to make the final version of your paper to be turned in April 23. The paper will need to be 5 to 12 pages (you can talk to me to get approval if you have a good reason for the paper to be shorter or longer) and be turned in as a pdf document. You should try to write the paper in TeX or LaTeX (ask me if you do not know about this), but I will accept any pdf document (so you can use Word or some other program to create the paper if you like). I will post the final versions of the paper on the TSquare site so other students can read them if they would like to do so. Your paper can be on anything you like, but here are some thoughts to get you started.
Miscellaneous matters
HomeworkHomework
Assignment 1: Due in class Homework Assignment 2: Due in class Janurary 29 


