Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MATH 211

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to topological spaces and their continuous transformations, emphasising their visual and 'rubber sheet geometry' aspects and proofs of theorems about them. Topics include the basic concepts of general topology; construction of new spaces from old; and description of special spaces like the torus, Klein bottle and Mobius band.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Understand basic ideas of general topology, such as open sets, closed sets, interiors, continuous functions, homeomorphisms, compactness, connectedness, and homotopy; and conduct correct arguments using these concepts.
    • Construct new topological spaces from given ones by such operations as formation of subspaces, products and quotients.
    • Describe important examples of spaces, including the torus, Klein bottle, Mobius band and projective plane.
    • Appreciate the distinctively geometric aspect of topological thinking and its application to knowledge in other areas, such as analysis.

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