Undergraduate Study

Unit Information Sheet for MATH2917: Working Seminar B (Special Studies Program)

This is a seminar series for a small group of 2nd year students worth 3 Credit Points.

The idea is that of a working seminar on a larger topic as run at many major universities with every participant presenting some lectures. The audience is expected to ask questions, and engage in discussions.


Leo Tzou

Consultation hour: TBA, Carslaw Building, Room 613.


You can find the list of the speakers/participants, the titles of their talks, references and handouts on the Resource page.

Time and Location

Thursday 3-5pm, Physics Lecture Theatre 2 (Rm 424, click here for a map)

Theme of the SSP Working Seminar

The theme this semester is Calculus and Cohomology .

Reference Book

In this seminar the main reference is the book From calculus to cohomology : de Rham cohomology and characteristic classes by Ib Madsen and Jørgen Tornehave


One 50 minute presentation (assessment 40% by staff, 10% by peers) and an essay of about 12 pages on the same topic, due two weeks after the presentation (assessment 35% by staff, 10% by peers). Attend Professor Ghoussoub’s Special Public Lecture and produce a half-page summary (5% by staff).

The essay has to be submitted through Turnitin in the Blackboardi LMS. The timetable of presentations will be agreed in Week 1. Clarity, accuracy, attention to detail and good writing/presentation style will be the major criteria. The convenor will assist you in preparing your presentation and your essay. In order to pass the unit successfully, you must attend all presentations.

This semester we also have Professor Ghoussoub (Order of Canada, Founding Director of Banff Institute of Mathematics) as a distinguished visitor at our school. He will be speaking at a public lecture (date TBA), part of this course will also to attend the lecture and produce a short summary of what you learned


The best presentation will be awarded the Rolf Adams Prize No 3 (value $100).

Learning Outcomes

  • How to effectively communicate mathematic through written and oral presentations
  • How to understand and intuit mathematical proofs.
  • How to extract information from seminars/colloquiums.
  • Gain an understanding of the relationship between analysis and topology.
  • Gain a knowledge of some of the important areas of modern mathematics in 2017.