Math 4171: Topology I
Texts . Topology (Second Edition) by James R. Munkres
This course will include many of the basic ideas about general topological spaces, together with a more detailed investigation of metric spaces.
We will cover the material corresponding to chapters 2, 3 and 7, and also parts of chapters 1, 4 and 8.
Prerequisites . Math 4111
Instructor . Professor Rachel Roberts
Send email to Prof. Roberts at roberts@math.wustl.edu.
Office . Cupples I 106, 9358527
Office Hours. TuTh 11:3011:45am: in hallway after class; Tu 1:302:30pm and Th 34pm: in my office; or by appointment.
Meeting Time and Place. TTh 1011:30am in Cupples II, room L001
Homework Guidelines: Although I encourage you not to refer to other texts or the internet in the solving of homework problems, you may do so as long as you list all references used.
You are welcome to discuss homework assignments with each other, to share questions and ideas. However, you must write up the homework assignments independently in your own words, and credit your collaborators.
A significant part of this course is
learning how to write mathematics, and so serious attention will be paid
to how solutions are written up.
Homework. There will
be weekly homework sets, due inclass on Thursday or by 5pm on Friday.
Homework due dates will be strict; however, I will drop the two lowest
homework scores.
Exams . There will be two exams: an inclass midterm exam on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, and a final exam 68 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.
Grading System . Your grade will be based on the following.
Homework 
40% 


Midterm Exam 
25% 
Final Exam 
35% 
Students taking the course with the "Credit/No Credit" ("Pass/Fail") grading option must earn a grade of "D" or better to receive a "pass".
Any students taking the course on an "audit" basis should talk with the instructor to determine what criteria will be used to award a grade of "successful audit."