MATH428-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018


16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018



Topology, colloquially known as “rubber-sheet geometry”, is the study of continuity in an abstract
setting. Topological notions underpin, or are used in, many areas of mathematics, both pure and applied. In this course, we study some of the main concepts of point set topology, and provide a
brief introduction to algebraic topology.

The topics will cover: Metric and topological spaces; continuous functions and homeomorphism; compact and connected spaces; quotient and product topology; surfaces, manifolds and knots; homotopy, the fundamental group and applications.

Learning Outcomes


Subject to approval of the Head of School.

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 505 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 505 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Mike Steel


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignments (x2) 40%
Final Test 60%

Two assignments, each worth 20%
Final exam, worth 60%


Recommended texts:
Topology, Klaus Jänich, Springer-Verlag, 1984
Basic Topology, M. A. Armstrong. Springer, 1983.
Renzo’s Math490, .pdf available online.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $950.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics.

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