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Course Code : | 2000WETATO |

Study domain: | Mathematics |

Academic year: | 2020-2021 |

Semester: | 2nd semester |

Contact hours: | 60 |

Credits: | 6 |

Study load (hours): | 168 |

Contract restrictions: | No contract restriction |

Language of instruction: | English |

Exam period: | exam in the 2nd semester |

Lecturer(s) | Boris Shoykhet |

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:

an active knowledge of

specific prerequisites for this course

- competences corresponding the final attainment level of secondary school

an active knowledge of

- English

- general knowledge of the use of a PC and the Internet

specific prerequisites for this course

The students are expected to have background in Linear Algebra, Algebra (groups, abelian groups, rings, modules, fields), Set-theoretical topology, Calculus and Metric spaces.

- The students will get knowledge on some basic homotopy invariants one assigns to a topological space, such as: the fundamental group, the homology groups, and the higher homotopy groups.
- The students will learn how to compute (some of) homotopy type invariants of topological spaces.
- They will also learn how to apply these invariants for solution of some problems, e.g.: how to prove that any continuous map on n-dimensional ball to itself has a fixed point? e.g. how to prove that the spheres S^m and S^n are not homotopy equivalent for m not equal to n?

1. General notion of a homotopy invariant of topological spaces.

2. CW-complexes.

3. The coverings and the fundamental group; examples of computation; Van Kampen theorem.

4. The higher homotopy groups: easy to define but hard (in general impossible) to compute.

5. The homology and cohomology groups: harder to define but computable.

6. Computation of H(S^n), degree of a map.

7. The Euler characteristic of a triangulated space, independence on triangulation, the Lefschetz fixed-pont theorem, Hopf theorem on zeroes on a vector field on a manifold.

The course has an international dimension.

Class contact teachingLectures

Personal workExercises Assignments Individually

Personal work

ExaminationOral with written preparation Closed book Open-question

Continuous assessmentExercises

Continuous assessment

1. Several chapters of the Allen Hatcher's book Algebraic Topology, in free access via

http://www.math.cornell.edu/~hatcher/AT/ATpage.html

2. Lectures of D.B.Fuks (available at the Blackboard).

Boris Shoikhet

boris.shoikhet@uantwerpen.be