Undergraduate Study

MATH3061 Geometry and Topology

General Information

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Information Sheet

The MATH3061 Information Sheet contains details of the lecturers and lecture times, consultation times, tutorials, assessment, textbooks, objectives and learning outcomes for MATH3061.

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Information about the exam

For general information about exams, and the exam timetable, please see the University's examinations web page.

The Math3061 exam is scheduled for 13:50-16:00 on Friday November 11, 2016. The exam has six questions, three questions for each of the geometry and topology components of the course. Each question may be attempted. The exam is worth 66% of your final assessment.

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:

geometry solutions topology solutions

We recommend that you do not look at these solutions until you have first attempted to do all of the questions in the exam.

In addition, here are the questions for the 2014 exam. Parts of this exam were discussed in lectures so we will not be posting solutions for this exam. (See the discussion Question 7b on Ed-Stem.)

Pre-exam consultation times

Laurentiu Paunescu and Andrew Mathas will be available for pre-exam consolation at the following times:
Laurentiu Paunescu
Carslaw 721: 10-11am, November 7 and 8
Andrew Mathas
Carslaw 718: 10-11am, November 7 and 8

Calculators in the examination

Non-programmable calculators can be approved for use in examinations at the Student Centre from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. The Student Centre maintains a list of approved calculators. Calculators not on this list can be considered but they are not automatically approved. For examination purposes, a calculator is deemed approved only if it has been given a sticker by the Student Office. Non-approved calculators cannot be taken into the examination room.

Course outline

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.

Textbook and references

Lecture notes for both parts of Math3061 are available for purchase as a book from Kopystop at 36 Mountain Street, Broadyway. See the course information sheet for additional textbook references.

Further reading and resources (topology)

  1. Topological equivlence of a torus and a coffee cup
  2. The Klein bottle (youtube video)
  3. Gluing a torus bottle (youtube video)
  4. An Introduction to Topology, E. C. Zeeman
  5. Platonic solids (wikipedia)
  6. The Four-Color Problem: Concept and Solution, Steven G. Krantz.
  7. The Rolfsen Knot Table
  8. Torus knots
  9. Seifert surface

On-line Resources

Resources Information sheet Blackboard Lecture recordings Ed Discussion
Monday lecture Wednesday lecture Thursday lecture Tutorials Assessment
Week 1

Geometry 1-1 Geometry 1-2 Geometry 1-3 No tutorial
Week 2

Geometry 2-1 Geometry 2-2 Geometry 2-3 Tutorial 2
Solutions 2
Week 3

Geometry 3-1 Geometry 3-2 Geometry 3-3 Tutorial 3
Solutions 3
Assignment 1 - questions
Week 4

Geometry 4-1 Geometry 4-2 Geometry 4-3 Tutorial 4
Solutions 4
Assignment 1
Due 18 August
Week 5

Geometry 5-1 Geometry 5-2 Geometry 5-3 Tutorial 5
Solutions 5
Assignment 1 - solutions
Quiz 1 - sample A
Quiz 1 - sample B
Week 6

Geometry 6-1 Geometry 6-2 Quiz 1 Tutorial 6
Solutions 6
Quiz 1
9am September 1
Week 7

Geometry 7-1 Topology 7-2 Topology 7-3 Tutorial 7
Solutions 7
Week 8

Topology 8-1 Topology 8-2 Topology 8-3 Tutorial 8
Solutions 8
Week 9

Topology 9-1 Topology 9-2 Topology 9-3 Tutorial 9
Solutions 9
Assignment 2 - questions
Mid-semester break
Week 10

Labour day public holiday Topology 10-2 Topology 10-3 Tutorial 10
Solutions 10
Week 11

Topology 11-1 Topology 11-2 Topology 11-3 Tutorial 11
Solutions 11
Assignment 2
Due 13 October
Week 12

Topology 12-1 Topology 12-2 Topology 12-3 Tutorial 12
Solutions 12
Assignment 2 - solutions
Quiz 2 - sample
Quiz 2 - sample (solutions)
Week 13

Topology 13-1 Topology 13-2 Quiz 2 Tutorial 13
Solutions 13
Quiz 2
9am October 27

Quiz 2 solutions
Check your marks

MATH3061 students: please check that your marks for Geometry Assignment, Geometry Quiz, Topology Assignment and Topology Quiz have been recorded correctly by pressing the "Check marks" button.

Please note that any corrections to Geometry Quiz marks must be made by Friday, Sep 23.
Please note that any corrections to Geometry Quiz marks must be made by Friday, Sep 23.
Please note that any corrections to Topology Assignment marks must be made by Friday, Nov 04.
Please note that any corrections to Topology Quiz marks must be made by Friday, Nov 18.


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