Presentation topics, Algebraic topology, Math 414b/501b, Winter 2008
All presentations will be done using the blackboard.
All students are expected to attend all presentations.
These are suggestions, but you can also propose other topics.
Topics need to be discussed with me and approved. I will
encourage the graduate students to choose slightly more
- Applications of homology, Hatcher 2.B. Jordan curve
theorem, Alexander horned sphere, invariance of domain,
division algebras, Borsuk-Ulam, ...
- Introduction to cohomology, Hatcher Ch 3. Universal
coefficient theorem, ring structure (cup product).
- K(G,1) spaces, Hatcher 1.B.
- Classification of surfaces, Massey, GTM 127, Ch 1.
- Hurewicz Thm, Hatcher 2.A and maybe p. 366-?.
Sketch proof of 2A.1, several examples, statement of 4.32,
- Long exact sequence of homotopy groups for a fibration,
Hatcher p.375-?. Define fibration, state result,
sketch proof of one part, give examples.
- Fundamental groupoid, generalized van Kampen thm. Higgins,
"Categories and Groupoids". QA171.H57.
- Brown representability for generalized cohomology.
Hatcher 4.E, but there are probably better sources too.
Connections to K(G,1)'s.
- Phantom maps and univeral phantom maps.
See, e.g., this paper
by Gray and McGibbon and McGibbon's article in the
Handbook of Algebraic Topology by I. James.
40-50 minutes for grad students, 35-45 for undergrads.
The presentations are not long, so you will need to carefully
select a small amount of material to present.
The presentations will be worth 1/3 of the overall mark in the course.
They will be graded on:
Note that knowledge of material is just a small part of the grade.
The presentation itself is much more important. Because of this, you
should practice the talk at least once or twice beforehand, on
a blackboard with someone listening. This is extremely important.
- knowledge of material
- organization of material: what you choose to cover, and how
you choose to organize it.
- clarity and style of presentation: speaking clearly, looking
at audience, giving clear explanations, etc.
- blackboard use: use boards in order, don't erase what you've
just written, don't stand in front of what you've written
- duration: if you end within the time span given, you get full
marks for this category; otherwise, you lose marks. You might
want to build some flexibility into the end of your presentation
so you can adjust on the fly.
- Choose your date before reading week. Choices are
April 7, 9, 14, 16 (one on Mondays, two on Wednesdays)
- During reading week, look over topics and read about a
couple of them.
- Meet with me during reading week or the week after to discuss topics.
- Choose your topic ≥ 3 weeks ahead of your date.
- Give me an outline (1 to 2 pages) ≥ 2 weeks ahead of
- Give me a draft of the talk ≥ 1 week ahead of your date.
M414/M501 home page.