Differential Topology

Subject MAST90054 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours: 2 x one-hour lectures per week and 1 x one-hour practical class per week.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: It is recommended that students have completed a sound subject in real and complex analysis (equivalent to 620-221 [2008] Real and Complex analysis) and have been exposed to multivariable calculus.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Paul Norbury


Email: norbury@unimelb.edu.au
Subject Overview: This course brings together analysis and topology. It will discuss intersections of submanifolds transversality Sard's theorem deformations and the inverse function theorem. The course will then discuss the deep and fundamental concepts underlying intersection theory in particular homology cohomology and differential forms. Characteristic classes will also be discussed.
Objectives: After completing this subject, students will gain:
• an appreciation for the importance of analysis when treating manifolds;
• a fundamental understanding of transversality;
• a useful view of algebraic topology;
• an ability to apply these ideas to concrete problems;
• some references to infinite-dimensional generalisations
• the ability to pursue further studies in this and related areas.
Assessment: Up to 50 pages of written assignments (45%: three assignments worth 15% each, due early, mid and late in semester), a 3 hour written examination (55%, in the examination period).

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts: TBA
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

At completion of this subject students should gain:

  • Problem-solving skills (especially through exercises and assignments) including engaging with unfamiliar problems and identifying relevant strategies;
  • Analytical skills including the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of the analysis.
Related Course(s): Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)

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