MATH5070 - Topology of Manifolds - 2016/17

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  • For those of you who are taking the course, hand in solutions to the problems with *
  • Due dates are 20th Oct and 24th Nov
  • Classes cancelled on the week of 24th Oct.
  • Please hand in solutions of the following problems before the class on 3rd of Nov.
  • Section 1.3: 2*, 9*, 10*; Section 1.8: 7*, 8*; Section 2.3: 7*, 12*, 16*; Section 2.4: 13*

General Information


  • Paul Lee
    • Office: LSB216

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Th 2:30PM - 3:15PM, Lady Shaw Bldg 222; Tu 10:30AM - 12:15PM, Lady Shaw Bldg 222

Course Description

This course is an introduction to several basic topological invariants for manifolds. Major topics are: differentiable manifolds and maps, Sard's Theorem, degree of maps, intersection theory, Jordan-Browuer separation theorem, Borsuk-Ulam theorem, fundamental theorem of algebra, Poincare-Hopf theorem, Hopf degree theorem, deRham cohomology, singular homology, deRham theorem. Students taking this course are expected to have knowledge in elementary analysis.


  • Differential Topology by Victor Guillemin and Alan Pollack


  • Topology from the Differentiable Viewpoint by John Milnor
  • Differentiable Manifolds by Lawrence Conlon
  • Calculus on Manifolds by Michael Spivak
  • Analysis On Manifolds by James R. Munkres


Assessment Scheme

Homework 20%
Exam 80%

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Last updated: November 16, 2016 15:48:02