Intructor, grader, book... 

Instructor: Moira Chas, office 3119 Math Tower, email: moira.chas“at”stonybrook.edu Instructor's Office hours: Monday 1:30:003:30 (in 3119, Math Tower), Wednesday 11:0012:00, or by appointment. Class meetings: MWF 10:00am10:53amm Earth&Space 183 Grader: Xuntao Hu xuntao.hu“at”stonybrook.edu Grader's office hours: Tuesday 1011am in his office 2115 Math Tower Wednesday 10:3012:30 in MLC Textbook: Topology of Surfaces, L. Christine Kinsey Course Materials (slides, notes, etc) are here (Including the slides of the first day which are also part of the syllabus). 

About this course 

(From the undergraduate bulletin) A broadly based
introduction to topology and geometry, the mathematical theories
of shape, form, and rigid structure. Topics include intuitive knot
theory, lattices and tilings, nonEuclidean geometry, smooth
curves and surfaces in Euclidean 3space, open sets and
continuity, combinatorial and algebraic invariants of spaces,
higher dimensional spaces. We will cover Chapters 1 through 5 from the textbook, possibly skipping a couple of sections and adding a couple of topics. The schedule will be updated with the progress of the course. 

Exams and Grading 

There will be two midterm exams (in class), and a cumulative final exam. The dates are listed below. Success on the exams will require correct and efficient solutions to the more difficult of the homework problems. Make sure that you can attend the exams at the scheduled times; makeups will not be given. If one midterm exam is missed because of a serious (documented) illness or emergency, the semester grade will be determined based on the balance of the work in the course. Students attending University Sponsored Events or in need to be absent for religious holidays should contact the instructor on the first two weeks of classes to discuss an appropriate plan.


Homework 

Homework will be assigned weekly and is due Wednesday before class. Homework is mandatory because it is an essential part of the course: It is nearly impossible to learn mathematics without working on problems


Written homework assignments can always be found HERE. Only hand in the underlined problems. 



A recipe to succeed in this course 

Remember: Math is tends to be well behaved with people who "treat her" well, that is, with people who puts time and effort in understanding. It is very rare to spend a working session on math without having understood something. We all learn at different ways and speeds, but we can all learn. As in any math course, do not be discouraged if you find yourself struggling with a problem or a concept for hours. You will need to do computations in order to understanding the material, but do not waste time in mindlessly memorizing techniques. Constructive feedback to your instructor will be always welcome.


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