Syllabus: MATH:6400:0001 Introduction to Algebraic Topology

Fall 2015 Section 0001: 10:30 - 11:20 MWF 210 MLH

Instructor:  Dr. Isabel K. Darcy
Department of Mathematics and AMCS
University of Iowa
Office:B1H MLH
Phone: 335- 0778
Email: idarcybiomath+6400 AT or isabel-darcy AT
Course URL:
Check this for a list of assignments, exam dates, possible changes in the course schedule, and electronic copies of course handouts.
Wiki Site:
DEO Contact Information: Dan Anderson, 14 MLH,

Office hours: MWF 9:45am - 10:15am, MW 11:35am - 12:20pm, and by appointment.

Course Description: Homotopy, fundamental group and covering spaces, CW and simplicial complexes, simplicial homology, Euler characteristic.

Goals and Objectives of the Course: To cover parts of Ch 11 - 13 in Munkres and chapters 0, 1, 2, 3 of Hatcher.

Text: A) Hatcher's Algebraic Topology - online notes available free at ~hatcher/AT/ATpage.html)
B.) Munkres' Topology, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall

Other resources:
Massey's A basic course in algebraic topology.
Munkres, James R., Elements of algebraic topology.
Appendix A in Rolfsen's Knots and Links.
Sato's Algebraic Topology: An Intuitive Approach.

Grading system: 86% <= A- < 90% <= A 
HW & Quizzes: 60% 68% <= B- < 72% <= B < 82% <= B+ < 85%
Midterm Exam:  20%  40% <= D < 58% <= C < 68%
Final: 20%  F < 40%

A Word about the Date and Time of the Final Exam:: The date and time of every final examination is announced by the Registrar generally by the tenth day of classes. No exams of any kind are allowed during the last week of classes. All students should plan on being at the UI through the final examination period. Once the Registrar has announced the date, time, and location of each final exam, the complete schedule will be published on the Registrar's web site and will be shared with instructors and students. It is the student's responsibility to know the date, time, and place of the final exam.

GRADING & EXAMS:  All work must be shown in order to receive credit.  This holds for all exams including the final, all quizzes, and homework.  Important note:  If no work is shown, you may receive zero credit even if your answer is correct.

1 exam and a final will be given.    You are required to bring identification to all exams.   You are required to pick up your exams and keep them until the end of the semester.  The final exam will be cumulative.

THERE IS NO CURVE IN THIS CLASS, but improvement may be taken into consideration.

If there is a mistake in grading, you must report this mistake within one week from when the exam, homework, etc. has been handed back to the class (whether or not you picked up your exam, homework, etc). Your grades will be posted on ICON. 

Attendance and absences: Your attendance at each scheduled class meeting and discussion section is expected.  You are  responsible for material covered in class and announcements made during class; these may include changes in the syllabus. Absences from exams will require a compelling reason, and must be arranged with your instructor in advance.

Student Collaboration and use of outside resources: You may collaborate with other students on the homework;   however, each individual student is responsible for turning in your own homework in your own words.  Copying is not collaboration and will be prosecuted under scholastic dishonesty.  Any significant collaboration should be acknowledged. You should also cite any sources that you use including online resources.

The University policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.

Some of the policies relating to this course (such as the drop deadline) are governed by its administrative home, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 120 Schaeffer Hall.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Policies and Procedures