Dr. Sadun's M367K Topology, Spring 2008

**Lecture Meeting time and place**: Tu-Th
11-12:30, RLM 5.104.
**Web page**: http://www.ma.utexas.edu/users/sadun/S08/367K
**Professor**: Lorenzo
Sadun, RLM 9.114, x1-7121
**Office hour**s: Wednesday 10-11, Thursday 2-3.
The Wednesday office hours are shared with my M427K class.
**Textbook:** Topology, by James Mukres (2nd
edition).
**Syllabus:** Most of chapters 1-5 and parts
of chapter 7.

**Homework**: There will be weekly
problem
sets, listed in http://www.ma.utexas.edu/users/sadun/S08/367K/hwk.html.
These will be collected on Thursdays, beginning January 18.
This is a very important part of the course, since the only way to
really learn to write proofs is to write proofs! (It's also worth
40% of your grade.)

**Exams:** There will be two in-class midterm
exams, on February 7 and April 8, **Note The New Date For The Second Exam**
plus a final exam. The first
midterm is expected to cover chapter 1, while the second will cover
chapters 2 and 3. These
exams will all be closed book. However, each student will be allowed to
bring a single letter-sized ``crib sheet'' (2-sided) to each midterm,
and
2 crib sheets to the final. These notes must be __HANDWRITTEN
ORIGINALS
- NO XEROXING ALLOWED__. Calculators are __NOT__ allowed on the
exams (and would be useless anyway).
**Grading:** Each midterm counts 20%. The
final
exam counts 40%. The homework counts 40%. At the end of the
term I will drop your lowest 20%. The final grade distribution is
neither a straight scale nor a fixed curve. It depends on how well the
class does as a whole, but I expect to give more B's than A's, and more
A's than C's.

**Honor system:** The honor system was
approved with only one dissenting vote.
**Disabilities: **The University of Texas at
Austin provides
upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students
with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean
of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY

**Handouts and Other Course Information (always
under construction):**

Honor-related column
I wrote for the Statesman.
First
day handout.
Homework
assignments,
Course schedule
Writeup of proof
that contrapositives are the same as statements.
First midterm, both with
and
without solutions.
Second midterm, both with
and
without solutions.
Final exam, both with
and
without solutions.
The Genesis
of Topology.