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Lisa Orloff Clark
The University of Otago
Reference #


Posted date
2020-11-20 09:46:13
Revised date
2020-11-20 09:47:11
Notes type
   Standard Course Offering
   Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL)

Point-Set Topology

Topology is one of the cornerstones in the foundation of modern mathematics. It appears everywhere. The purpose of this course is to give students the background in topology that they need to pursue higher level mathematics. Point-Set Topology is a very abstract in nature. The entire subject is built from a few set theoretic definitions that can be used in a wide variety of situations. In this course, we cover: Topological Spaces, basis , the product topology, continuity and homeomorphism, the quotient topology, metric spaces, compactness, separability, and connectedness.

This title previously published Journal of Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics, Issue No. 41 (Apr. 2016). Here is the url:

Course Notes and Supplementary Material (PDF format)

TypeFile (Size)Date
Instructor notes v1 PDF (104K)
Student notes v1 PDF (96K)