Algebraic Topology with Applications in CombinatoricsBojan Mohar (Simon Fraser University)
Jan 1, 2021 — Jun 1, 2021
About the course
This is a basic level graduate course with introduction to algebraic topology and its applications in combinatorics, graph theory and geometry. The course will cover introductory chapters from  and parts of . With a guest lecture by Nati Linial from Israel, we will also touch some recent topics like the topology of random simplicial complexes. The instructor expects that students with interests in topology and those with interests in discrete mathematics and geometry would find the course suitable.
This course is available for registration under the Western Dean's Agreement. To register, you must obtain the approval of the course instructor and you must complete the Western Dean's agreement form , using the details below. The completed form should be signed by your home institution department and school of graduate studies, then returned to the host institution of the course.
- Course Name
- Math 841 Topology: Special Topics
- Jan 1, 2021 — Jun 1, 2021
- Course Number
- MATH 841
- Section Number
- Section Code
Simon Fraser University
For help with completing the Western Dean’s agreement form, please contact the graduate student program coordinator at your institution. For more information about the agreement, please see the Western Dean's Agreement website
Other Course Details
-  A. Hatcher, Algebraic Topology, Cambridge University Press, 2002. (Available for free download from http://pi.math.cornell.edu/~hatcher/AT/ATpage.html).
-  J. Matousek, Using the Borsuk–Ulam Theorem - Lectures on Topological Methods in Combinatorics and Geometry, Springer, 2003.
The weekly schedule will consist of four 50-minute lectures. Two to three of them will be giving new material, with some details left for the students to cover by themselves from the provided textbooks. The remaining weekly time will be used for tutorials, covering problems and examples, explaining details of proofs, and having students work in small groups and report on their solutions. The online platform used will be Zoom, with synchronous teaching that will be recorded for asynchronous viewing.
- Homework 20%
- Midterm 30%
- Final 50%
The instructor reserves the right to limit the number of students from outside of SFU. He will allow for additional students who will not take the course for credit (their homework and exams will not be graded).