640:441–Fall 2008

- Instructor: Professor E. Speer, Hill Center 520, 732–445–1313, speer at math.rutgers.edu
- Office hours:
- Monday 1:40–3:00 PM, Hill 520
- Tuesday F 3:20–4:40 PM, Hill 520
- Wednesday 10:20–11:40 AM, Hill 520
- Or by appointment or chance in Hill 520

- Text: James R. Munkres,
*Topology*, second edition. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle river, 2000. - General: Munkres is an excellent text, and we will stay fairly close
to the development there. The goal is to cover the unstarred sections of
Chapters 1–4 and 7, as well as Section 57 from Chapter 5. If there is
extra time we will talk about the fundamental group (Chapter 9).
- Homework: Homework problems will be assigned weekly, by posting on
the class web page, and some of these will be collected and graded.
Homework is due at the beginning of the class period for which it is
assigned.
One important way to learn mathematics is to talk about it. You are strongly encouraged to discuss problems—and indeed, all the material in the course—with me or with other students. After you have finished discussing a problem, however, you must write your solution independently, not in concert with others. Your ideas and approach to the problem may come from discussion, but you should express those ideas in your own words.

**If you have trouble with homework problems, or with any material in the course, I urge you to come in during my office hours, or at some other time, and discuss them.** - Exams: There will be two in-class exams, tentatively scheduled for
**Wednesday, October 8**and**Wednesday, November 12**. The final exam will be held**Friday, December 19, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM**; the room for the final will be announced later. Make-up exams will be given only in the case of well-documented illness or major emergency or (only with permission in advance) of a major outside commitment. - Grading: Grading will be based on a
weighted average of homework and exams:
Homework 20% Class exams 20% each 40% Final exam 40%