MATH 496/796, Introduction to topology

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Hours and Location for Lecture, Tutorial and office hours

Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:30-12:20 SECB1012 (that's here)
First lecture is Wednesday January 7, 2015
Instructor: Nils Bruin
office: SC K 10507
phone: 778 782 3794
Office hour: Wednesday, 13:00-14:00
Exam dates: Midterm: Wednesday, February 25, 11:30-12:20, SECB1012
Final exam: Thursday April 16, 15:30-18:30, Room TBA


Topology, second edition
by James R. Munkres
Pearson, 2000
ISBN 0-13-181629-2

Course Format

Our Monday and Wednesday lectures will be normal lectures. Our Friday meeting will be a tutorial/lecture, so you are expected to participate even more actively on the Fridays. Every Friday (starting January 16), two students will present assignment problems from the assignment that was due on the Monday before.

Examination, Grading and Assignments

Scoring Formula

Assignments (best 9 out of 10): 40%
Assignment presentation: 10%
Midterm: 20%
Final examination: 30%

NOTE: A passing score for Final+Midterm is a requirement for obtaining a passing grade for the course.

Cheating policy

Don't cheat. Students caught cheating on an assignment, Midterm or on the Final Examination will receive no credit and will be reported to the chair of the department, who may take appropriate action.

Students are encouraged to work together on assignment problems. However, you are not simply to copy the solutions of a fellow student. You should understand what you hand in and you should be prepared and able to explain your solution. I will occasionally ask students to explain their assignment solutions to me.

As a guideline, prepare the solution you hand in on your own, without looking at other people's work.

SFU's standard Academic Honesty policies apply: You are required to be familiar with them.

Department of Mathematics Exam Policy concerning University Closure

In the event of university closure for one day during an exam period, our department will give postponed examinations to all the students in the class on the day following the last day of the regular examination period. For classes with 20 students or fewer, every effort will be made to reschedule the exam as soon after the original date as possible. Students should be aware of this policy when making travel and other plans

Religious Accommodation

Students requesting religious accommodation must tell the instructor by the end of the first week of term, which means by January 9.

Illness or Personal Issues

You must contact your instructor as soon as possible in case of illness or personal issues that affect any course requirements. Here is a link to a web page to help you understand your responsibilities with regards to missed academic requirements due to illness. It is referred to as the Sick Note page.