MT A531 General Topology

Time/Place

This section of the course (Fall 2005) meets MWF 3:10-4:00PM in Ritter Hall 223.

General Description

Here is the course schedule which gives the specific topics to be covered and corresponding section numbers in the book.

Textbook Information

The required text for the course is Topology, 2nd edition, by Jim Munkres. Students can buy the book from the SLU Bookstore or Amazon.

The picture to the left is an image of the snazzy, all-red first edition, so don't panic if the book you bought doesn't look like this. I used this image because it looks nicer and also for sentimentality's sake, since this is the book from which I first learned topology as a youngster. The only drawbacks of the first edition were that the binding fell apart quickly, and if you got the cover wet, the ink would run and turn your hands pink. Frank Peterson once told me, "The cover is nice-looking, but it's not a book for the beach".

Homework and Exams

There will be some homework problems every week, unless otherwise indicated. Here is the latest homework assignment. You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with your classmates, but each student should prepare his or her own set of solutions.

There will be an in-class midterm Friday October 21st, worth 30% of your final grade. Homework and class participation are worth 30% of your grade. The final exam is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14th from 2:00-3:50PM; it is comprehensive and is worth 40% of your grade. No make-up exams will be given. The College of Arts and Sciences has a policy concerning academic honesty with which you should be familiar.