Mathematics 622

Algebraic Topology

3 credits
Spring 2013


Professor Stephen J. Willson


Carver 411, 294-7671

Schedule for the final exam.

The final exam will be an individual oral exam on Tuesday, May 7 in my office, Carver 411. The schedule is as follows:


Math 504

Catalog description:

Foundations of algebraic topology. The fundamental group, simplicial homology groups, and singular homology groups.


Elements of Algebraic Topology, by James R. Munkres, published by Addison-Wesley.

In 2013-2014, the IMA in Minneapolis will have a Thematic Year on Scientific and Engineering Applications of Algebraic Topology.

See IMA page for more information. In particular, ISU will probably have financial support for visits to tutorials and workshops there.

Class meetings:

The class is scheduled to meet MWF 2:10-3:00 in Carver 68.

Office hours:

Tentatively MTWRF 1:10 - 2:00 pm in Carver 411. Feel free to make an appointment for another time.

Tentative syllabus (subject to change):

The emphasis in the course will be on doing proofs and constructing examples.


The course grade may include a plus or a minus. Your grade will be determined by the number of points you accumulate in the course. There will be regular graded homework and a final exam. It is possible that there will be a midterm exam as well. The current course grades are available on Blackboard.


Homework assignments are available by clicking homework.


Please address any special needs or special accommodations with me at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) form from the Disability Resources (DR) office (515-294-6624). DR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076.

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Last updated December 3, 2012.