MATH 323
Applied Topology Spring 2016 Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;
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In topology, one studies properties of an object that are preserved under rubber-like deformations, where one is allowed to twist and pull, but one cannot tear or glue. Hence a sphere is considered the same as a cube, but distinct from the surface of a doughnut. In recent years, topology has found applications in chemistry (knotted DNA molecules), economics (stability theory), Geographic Information Systems, cosmology (the shape of the Universe), medicine (heart failure), robotics and electric circuit design, just to name some of the fields that have been impacted. In this course, we will learn the basics of topology, including point-set topology, geometric topology and algebraic topology, but all with the purpose of applying the theory to a broad array of fields.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 25
Class#: 3174
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based primarily on problem sets and exams
Prerequisites: MATH 250 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: none
Distributions: Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;

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