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Topology - MATH703

This unit provides an advanced introduction to the key areas of research interest in modern topology. Topology is the study of continuity. The definition of a topological space was conceived in order to say what it means for a function between such spaces to be continuous. There are several ways of defining topological structure and the proofs that these are equivalent abstract many concrete results about specific kinds of spaces. Different ways of expressing continuity are obtained. Sequences are not adequate for general topological spaces, they need to be replaced by nets or filters, and we discuss convergence of those. Particular properties of topological spaces are analysed in detail: these include separation properties, compactness, connectedness, countability conditions, local properties, metrizability, and so on. Applications to basic calculus are emphasised. We then introduce algebraic topology by discussing the Poincaré or fundamental group of a space.

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Mathematics staff

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Department of Mathematics

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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