MAS435/MAS6370 Algebraic Topology
Lecturer: Neil Strickland
The syllabus, timetable and assessment arrangements are
Both versions of the notes contain links to various interactive
demonstrations (described below) and videos.
The HTML version is new. It should be better than the PDF for
viewing on a phone, or for reading with a screen reader. I would
welcome any comments on either of these use cases.
There is also a separate
survey of examples
mentioned in the course.
I strongly recommend that you should attend lectures in person if
possible. If you cannot do that, I recommend that you
work from the notes and embedded videos and demonstrations. There
is also a lecture progress page where you
can see which sections of the notes have been covered in lectures.
There is a set of interactive demonstrations
explaining many of the ideas in the course. I will talk through these
in lectures, there are attached YouTube videos, and you can try them
yourself at other times. These are experimental and under development. I
welcome comments about the extent to which they are comprehensible, useful
There will be eight homework assignments in each semester. The
best five in each semester will each count for 2% of the overall
course grade, making 20% in total. The remaining 80% will be
based on a final exam. This will be a 2.5 hour formal closed
book exam with five questions of equal value, of which you will
be asked to complete four.
Past exam papers
Because of changes in the syllabus and changes due to the pandemic,
recent past exam papers are not a very good guide to the 2021-22
exam. I have therefore provided
- A document explaining which material is examinable
- A mock exam, with the same length, format and style as the real exam
- A large collection of older exam questions which have
partially been adapted to be compatible with the current version
of the course.
- Past papers from the last few years, with the warning that
some parts are not useful.
As well as revising the examinable material, you should make sure that
you are familiar with all the examples in the course. These are
summarised in the survey of examples
Official office hours are 12:00-13:00 on Fridays. I will expect people
to come to my office (Hicks J26) by default, but you can email me to
arrange an online meeting if you prefer. If you find me in my
office at some other time, then I may well be able to talk to you, but
I do not guarantee it.
Hicks Building, Room J26