MATH3061 Geometry and Topology
This page contains information on the Senior mainstream Unit of Study MATH3061 Geometry and Topology.
- Taught in Semester 2.
- Credit point value: 6.
- Classes per week: Three lectures and one tutorial.
- Lecturer(s): Nathan Brownlowe and Laurentiu Paunescu .
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examinations web page.
Please note that the questions for the geometry and topology sections of the course must be answered in separate booklets.
The exam is based on all the material covered in lectures, tutorials, assignments, and the quizzes. The best way to prepare for the exam is to read through and think about your lecture notes and then to try to solve as many questions as possible (without looking at the solutions) from the lectures, tutorials, and assignments. You might like to look at the 2013 MATH3061 exam. Here are the solutions to this exam:
In addition, here are the questions for the 2014 exam.
The course will closely follow the "Geometry" lecture notes by O'Brian.
- Week 1
- Reading for Week 1: pages 1–29, but not the section on Symmetries. [The coordinate formula for a halfturn does not appear in this part of the O'Brian notes. FYI, the image of a point (x,y) under a halfturn about point P(p,q) is (2p−x,2q−y).]
- Week 2
- Reading for Week 2: pages 30–36. Handout on properties of rotations from lecture 6.
- Week 3
- Reading for Week 3: pages 37–40, omit Chapter 3, then pages 51–56.
- Week 4
- Reading for Week 4: pages 57–58 and pages 67–70 of Chapter 4, omit the remainder of Chapter 4 and all of Chapter 5, then pages 97–99.
- Week 5
- Reading for Week 5: pages 100–107.
- Week 6
- Reading for Week 6: page 113 to first half of page 121. Handout end of proof from the last Geometry lecture.
Topology is the study of surfaces under continuous deformation. That is, we allow ourselves to stretch surfaces but not to tear them.
- Week 7
- Graphs, subdivision, sums of degrees = twice the number of edges, connectedness, circuits, trees.
- Week 8
- Disc, annulus, torus, Möbius band, Klein bottle, sphere, projective planes, homeomorphism, stereographic projection.
- Week 9
- Triangulated surfaces, Euler characteristic, invariance under subdivision, cutting, pasting, boundaries, orientation, edge equation.
- Week 10
- Classification of surfaces, genus, oriented closed surfaces in three dimensions, handles, crosscaps.
- Week 11
- Platonic surfaces. Graphs on surfaces: K5 is not planar. Map colouring: the five colour theorem, the Heawood estimate for maps on surfaces.
- Week 12
- Knots: Polygonals knots, knots diagrams, the unknot, trefoil knots, figure eight knots, knot colouring.
- Week 13
- Knot determinants, n-colourings, Seifert surfaces, and knot genus.
Further reading and resources (topology)
- Topological equivalence of a torus and a coffee cup
- The Klein bottle (YouTube video)
- Gluing a torus bottle (YouTube video)
- An Introduction to Topology, E. C. Zeeman
- Platonic solids (Wikipedia)
- The Four-Color Problem: Concept and Solution, Steven G. Krantz.
- The Rolfsen Knot Table
- Torus knots
- Seifert surface
|Resources||Information sheet||Blackboard||Lecture recordings||Ed discussion|
|Monday lecture||Wednesday lecture||Thursday lecture||Tutorials||Assessment|
|Geometry 1-1||Geometry 1-2||Geometry 1-3||No tutorial|
|Geometry 2-1||Geometry 2-2||Geometry 2-3||Tutorial 2
|Geometry 3-1||Geometry 3-2||Geometry 3-3||Tutorial 3
|Assignment 1 - questions|
|Geometry 4-1||Geometry 4-2||Geometry 4-3||Tutorial 4
Due 24 August
Quiz 1 - sample A
Quiz 1 - sample B
|Geometry 5-1||Geometry 5-2||Geometry 5-3||Tutorial 5
|Assignment 1 - solutions|
|Geometry 6-1||Geometry 6-2||Quiz 1||Tutorial 6
9:00 AM, 7 September
|Geometry 7-1||USyd staff strike||Topology 7-3||Tutorial 7
|Topology 8-1||Topology 8-2||Topology 8-3||Tutorial 8
|Labour day public holiday||Topology 9-2||Topology 9-3||Tutorial 9
|Assignment 2 - questions|
|Topology 10-1||Topology 10-2||Topology 10-3||Tutorial 10
|Topology 11-1||Topology 11-2||Topology 11-3||Tutorial 11
Due 19 October
Quiz 2 - sample
Quiz 2 - sample (solutions)
|Topology 12-1||Topology 12-2||Topology 12-3||Tutorial 12
|Assignment 2 - solutions|
|Topology 13-1||Topology 13-2||Quiz 2||Tutorial 13
9:00 AM, 2 November
Quiz 2 solutions
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Please note that any corrections to Geometry Assignment marks must be made by Friday, Sep 22.
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