Geometry & Topology I: 189-576A


Lectures: T/Th 11:35-12:55, 1214 Burnside Hall

Instructor: Daniel Wise

923 Burnside Hall,

office hrs. TBA

Text: J.R. Munkres, Topology, second edition Prentice Hall, 2000.

Recommended:  Hatcher: Algebraic Topology

    Seifert and Threlfall's, Textbook of Topology

   Armstrong,  Basic Topology

Course description: The first part of the course will be devoted to basic point-set topology,

including continuity, connectedness,  compactness, product spaces, quotient spaces,

separation axioms, metric spaces, complexes, and the classification of surfaces.

The second part of the course will focus on the fundamental group, and covering spaces.

The third part of the course will introduce homology.


Homework: There will be about a dozen assignments. Late homework will not be accepted.

The grader is Nima Hoda. Please submit the homework to her mailbox on the due date.

Midterm: There will be an in-class midterm during the semester on Tuesday October 25th.

Final Exam: 3 hour exam covering the entire course on Dec 14, 6-9pm.

Calculators: No calculator will be permitted during the exams.

Grades: 25% HW + 25% Midterm + 50% Final

Supplemental: There will be an official supplemental exam worth 50% of the mark.

You know it: Mastery of the material requires that the students devote a significant amount of time to reading

the textbook and solving problems.


McGill University values academic integrity.  Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see for more information).


Cancelled: TBA (no need yet).

Rescheduled to: TBA.