MA 4953/6953 - Syllabus


MA 4953/6953, January 13, 2015

Meeting times and location:   TTh 11:00am - 12:15pm,      Allen 22

Web page:

MA 4953/6953 covers topology: the mathematical theory of shapes, or geometry without distance. Topics include: topological spaces, metric spaces, compactness, separation axioms, and the beginnings of homotopy theory.

The prerequisite is MA 4633/6633 (advanced calculus); or equivalent mathematical maturity and experience.

My contact info:
     Dr. Russ Woodroofe
     Allen 418
     Office hours: T 12:30-2pm, W 3-4pm
                     + by appt
     rwoodroofe at math,msstate,edu           

James Munkres, Topology (2nd edition).
We will cover a good deal of Chapters 2 - 4, and additional topics as time allows. I will update the schedule periodically with a record of the topics covered.

There will be a homework assignment almost every week.
If you are taking the course as 6953, you will typically have one or more extra problems assigned. (You should also attempt these if you are taking the course as 4953.)

I expect much of your learning to take place in working out the homework problems. While you may collaborate with other students on the homework, you should generally have thought hard about the problems on your own first. If you do collaborate substantially, then you should so indicate on your homework paper.
Your write-up should in any case represent your own solutions, written in your own words. Copying the solutions from another student or from an internet source is a violation of the Mississippi State Honor Code, and will be treated as such.

Your grade will be based on 2 in-class midterm exams and one final exam, together with weekly homeworks and possibly an occasional quiz, in the proportions
Midterm exams                     20% each
Final exam30%
Homework and quizzes30%

I have scheduled the midterm examinations for February 17th and April 7th.
The final is scheduled by the University for May 6th, 12:00 - 3:00 pm.

If you are taking the course Pass/Fail, you need to do the equivalent of C work to pass.