Instructor 
Professor Shelly Harvey
Herman Brown 446
shelly at rice dot edu 
Course Information 
Class meets: MWF 1111:50am in HB 453
Office Hours: Wednesday 10am11am, Thursday 1:30pm  2:30pm, or by appointment
Webpage: http://math.rice.edu/~shelly/540s20/
All homework and reading assignments can be found on Canvas
Teaching Assistant: TBA

Textbook 
James Munkres, Elements of Algebraic Topology, Perseus Books Publishing, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984. ISBN: 020162728 (required)

Other useful textbooks 
Allen Hatcher, Algebraic Topology; available free online at http://www.math.cornell.edu/~hatcher/AT/ATpage.html
M J Greenberg and J Harper, Algebraic Topology: a First Course (Benjamin/Cummings 1981) 
Course objectives and learning outcomes 
In this course, the student will study the homology and cohomology of topological spaces. (Co)Homology is a way of associating a sequence of abelian groups to a topological space that are invariant under homeomorphism (and more generally homotopy equivalence). The homology groups of a space are in general easier to compute than the homotopy groups and hence they can be more useful in distinguishing some spaces. Some of the topics we will cover are simplicial and singular (co)homology, relative (co)homology, the EilenbergSteenrod axioms, the Universal Coefficient Theorem, some basic homological algebra, the cohomology ring, PoincareLefschetz duality, and the Kunneth Theorem. If time permits, we will cover some of the following topics: spectral sequences, the Hurewicz and Whitehead's Theorems (statements only), De Rham cohomology, group cohomology, and Cech cohomology. By the end of the course, the student will master the material covered in the class. 
Grades 
Your grade in the class will be based on the following weights:

Homework: 
40% 
Midterm:  25% 
Final Exam:  35% 

Homework and Exams 
Homeworks will be assigned every Friday and will be due the following Friday in class unless otherwise stated; they will be posted on Canvas. Homework solutions must be legible. You must show all of your work for full credit. Late homework will receive at most 1/2 credit. The students in Math 540 will be required to do more homework problems than the students in Math 445. The homework is not pledged and you can collaborate with other students in the class. In fact, you
are very much encouraged to do so. However, you are not allowed to look up solutions in any written
form; in particular, you are not allowed to look up solutions online. Students caught violating this
rule will be reported to the Honor Council. You should write up your solutions individually. 
Exams 
There will be one midterm (the date to be determined) and a final exam. Both exams will be take home exams. Good mathematical exposition will be counted on both exams. The exams are pledged. 
Attendance Policy 
Attendance is not required. However, you are responsible for all the material and
announcements covered in lecture. 
Disability Support 
Any student with a documented disability seeking academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me during the first two weeks of class. All discussions will remain as confidential as possible. Students with disabilities will also need to contact the Disability Resource Center. 