Math 109c: Differential Topology, Spring 2012

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This class meets MWF 10-11am in 257 Sloan.

Office hours: Thursdays 3-5pm in 374 Sloan

Course Description: This course will follow Guillemin and Pollack's book Differential Topology. We will study properties of smooth maps (including Sard's theorem and Whitney's "easy" embedding theorem), transversality and intersection theory (including the hairy ball theorem and more generally the Poincare-Hopf theorem), and differential forms (including de Rham cohomology if time permits).

Errata in G&P: [1]

Exercises[edit]

There will be a problem set due every Friday at 4pm. You must submit your own solutions, but you are welcome to discuss the problems with others.

Due date Homework Description
Apr. 6 HW1 Read 1.1 and 1.2 of G&P. Do problems 3, 4, 6, 18 in 1.1 and 2, 4 (use chain rule), 6, 9 in 1.2.
Apr. 13 HW2 Do problems 7 and 11 of 1.2, problems 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 (for (a), use exercise 9 of 1.2) of 1.3, and problem 1 of 1.4. Also determine if $\{(x,|x|)\}$ is a manifold.
Apr. 20 HW3 Do the following problems from Guillemin and Pollack: 6 and 7 of 1.4, 5, 7, and 10 of 1.5, 1, 2, 3, and 4 of 1.6, and 5 of 1.7.
Apr. 27 HW4 Do the following problems from Guillemin and Pollack: 13, 16, 17, and 18, (these three are easy) of section 1.7, and 6, 10, (what is the purpose of h in the proof of the theorem on p. 51?) and 15 of section 1.8.
May 4 Midterm You may use any 4 hour interval to complete the exam. You may refer to your class notes, homework, and results proven in the book freely, but do not use any other resources. If you find a typo or don't understand a question, please contact me (email and phone number are in the pdf).
May 11 HW5 Do the following problems from Guillemin and Pollack: 8 of 2.1, 3 and 7 of 2.2, 6, 16, and 20 of 2.3, and 12 of 2.4.
May 18 HW6 Do the following problems from Guillemin and Pollack: 1, 5, 6, 13, and 17 of 2.4, 3 of 2.6, 2 and 9 of 3.2.
May 25 HW7 Do the following problems from Guillemin and Pollack: 12 of 3.2, 2, 4, 10, and 13 of 3.3, 4 and 8 of 3.4.
June 1 HW8 Do the following problems from Guillemin and Pollack: 5 of 3.4, 1, 7, and 19 of 3.5, 1 and 5 of 4.2. Also read section 3.6 and all the exercises in it.
June 8 HW9 Do the following problems from Guillemin and Pollack: 3, 6, and 10 of 4.2, and all the problems in sections 4.3 and 4.5.
June 15 Final You may use any 4 hour interval to complete the exam. You may refer to your class notes, homework, and results proven in the book freely, but do not use any other resources. If you find a typo or don't understand a question, please contact me (email and phone number are in the pdf).