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MTH 507: Introduction to Algebraic Topology (4)

Pre-requisites: MTH 301 Groups and Rings, MTH 304 Metric Spaces and Topology

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This is a first course in algebraic topology. The subject revolves around finding and computing invariants associated with topological spaces. The first such invariant is the fundamental group of a pointed topological space which we'll study in detail along with the classification of covering spaces using fundamental group actions.

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The Fundamental Group: Homotopy, Fundamental Group, Introduction to Covering Spaces, The Fundamental Group of the circle S1, Retractions and fixed points, Application to the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, The Borsuk-Ulam Theorem, Homotopy Equivalence and Deformation Retractions, Fundamental group of a product of spaces, and Fundamental group the torus T2=S1×S1, n-sphere Sn, and the real projective n-space RPn.

Van Kampen’s Theorem: Free Products of Groups, The Van Kampen Theorem, Fundamental Group of a Wedge of Circles, Definition and construction of Cell Complexes, Application to Van Kampen Theorem to Cell Complexes, Statement of the Classification Theorem for Surfaces, and Fundamental groups of the closed orientable and non-orientable surfaces of genus g.

Covering Spaces: Universal Cover and its existence, Unique Lifting Property, Galois Correspondence of covering spaces and their Fundamental Groups, Representing Covering Spaces by Permutations – Deck Transformations, Group Actions, Covering Space Actions, Normal or Regular Covering Spaces, and Application of Covering Spaces to Cayley Complexes.

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