This is the home page of MA40040: Algebraic Topology taught by Fran Burstall.
There will be two optional, non-examinable, lectures next week (starting November 26th) on higher homotopy groups at the usual times and in the usual places.
I will give a revision lecture or two once you tell me what you want me to cover and when. Email me to set the agenda.
I keep a diary of what I covered in lectures. There is also an official syllabus and a reading list.
Here is the timetable. The problem class is the Thursday afternoon slot.
Exercise sheets are issued weekly at the problem class and discussed at the next problem class after which solutions will appear here.
I will mark whatever you hand in, no matter when you hand it in, and normally get your work back to you within a week.
This unit is assessed 100% by exam. Generic exam feedback and opportunities for individual exam feedback will be available early in semester 2.
Here are some past examination papers. Solutions are available online and in the Academic Reserve Collection of the Library.
By public demand and with some misgivings, I am making my lecture notes available in pdf format. This will happen chapter-by-chapter sometime after the lectures have taken place.
WARNING: these are not a substitute for taking your own careful notes during lectures.
Some articles or other resources that have some vague relevance to the course. For cultural interest only!
The based homotopy classes of paths in a topological space form a groupoid rather than a group: read this to see other situations in which groupoids arise.
The Catsters: nearly eighty 10 minute videos on YouTube each explaining an aspect of Category Theory. Utterly fabulous!
Here are potted biographies of some of the heroes that built Algebraic Topology:
There are many more biographies at the St Andrews history site.
I welcome feedback in the form of constructive comments or criticism.
If you encounter any problems while using this site, send me mail describing as completely as you can what has gone wrong.