MATH 374
Topology Fall 2024
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning

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In Real Analysis you learned about metric spaces—any set of objects endowed with a way of measuring distance—and the topology of sets in such spaces (open, closed, bounded, etc). In this course we flip this on its head: we explore how to develop analysis (limits, continuity, etc) in spaces where the topology is known but the metric is not. This will lead us to a bizarre and fascinating version of geometry in which we cannot distinguish between shapes that can be continuously deformed into one another. Not only does this theory turn out to be beautiful in the abstract, it plays an important role in math, physics, and data analysis. This course is excellent preparation for graduate programs in mathematics.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30
Expected: 20
Class#: 1452
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Problem sets, exams, an expository essay.
Prerequisites: MATH 350 or 351; not open to students who have taken MATH 323. If you didn't cover metric spaces in real analysis, that's OK!
Enrollment Preferences: Juniors and seniors
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: It's math.

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