## Syllabus for Math 525, Section G1,  Spring 2022 Algebraic Topology I

Textbooks:
• Topology and Geometry by Glen E. Bredon. You can get a copy through the library. It's been awhile since I looked at this book.

• Homework: Homework problems are to be assigned once a week. They are due the following week usually before midnight on Thursdays. Late homework will be penalized. There are several reasons why I want the homework to be turned in on time. First of all, if you are not keeping up with the homework, you are not keeping up with the class and then you may well get lost in the lectures. Secondly, it is hard to grade fairly the homework that is turned in late. The grader would have to keep careful track of the grading rubrics and so on. In short: late homework is bad for you and means more work for the grader.

If you have questions about your homework score please take it up with the grader first. If you and the grader can't resolve the issue I will step in.

If you have questions about the homework itself, please use the forum on Moodle and/or the office hours.

• Exams: There will be one midterm and a final.

The midterm is scheduled to take place on 03/09/2022 ; the date is not likely to change. The plan is for the midterm to be in class.

The final, according to the non-combined final examination schedule is to take place on 1:30 pm-4:30 pm on Wednesday, May 11

Requests for make-up exams require a serious documentation and are (almost) never granted. Please plan accordingly. I will drop the lowest homework score.

• Grade: The formula for the course grade is roughly as follows:
• final exam = 40 %
• midterm = 20%
• homework, 40%

The formula is here to give you a sense of how you are doing in the class. The formula is not set in stone and I may deviate by a point or two in either direction. This said, I strongly recommend studying for the final no matter how well you are doing on the midterm and the homework. Failing the final is a bad idea and could make it hard to impossible for me to give you a descent grade.

• Content: I plan to cover the material corresponding to chapters 1 and 2 of Hatcher's book.

The Pandemic:

Following University policy, all students are required to engage in appropriate behavior to protect the health and safety of the community. Students are also required to follow the campus COVID-19 protocols.

In addition, students who test positive for COVID-19 or have had an exposure that requires testing and/or quarantine must not attend class. The University will provide information to the instructor, in a manner that complies with privacy laws, about students in these latter categories. These students are judged to have excused absences for the class period and should contact the instructor via email about making up the work.

I plan to provide lecture notes so that you can keep up with the class as you quarantine/isolate.

Students who fail to abide by these rules will first be asked to comply; if they refuse, they will be required to leave the classroom immediately. If a student is asked to leave the classroom, the non-compliant student will be judged to have an unexcused absence and reported to the Office for Student Conflict Resolution for disciplinary action. Accumulation of non-compliance complaints against a student may result in dismissal from the University.

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear face coverings in classrooms and university spaces. This is in accordance with CDC guidance and University policy and expected in this class. Please refer to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's COVID-19 website for further information on face coverings. Thank you for respecting all of our well-being so we can learn and interact together productively.