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2021 Fall Course Syllabus - Mathematics 9071.001

Course: Mathematics 9071.001.

Course Title: Differential Topology (Topology of fiber bundles).

Credits: 3 credits.

How this course will be taught: Classroom, in-person.

Time: TR 12:30-1:50.

Place: Wachman 527.

Instructor: Gerardo A. Mendoza.

Instructor Office: Wachman 618.

Instructor Email: gerardo.mendoza@temple.edu

Instructor Phone: 1-5053.

Course Web Page: http://math.temple.edu/~gmendoza

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-12:00. Office hours by appointment are also possible, arranged one day in advance. Or just come to my office.

Prerequisites: MATH 8061-8062. Differential Geometry and Topology I, II, or permission from instructor.

Course Materials: Notes by instructor (no cost).

Course Goals: 1. General aspects of fiber bundles, 2. Topological aspects of vector bundles, 3. differential-geometric structures on manifolds.

Topics Covered: The course will begin with introductory lectures on general facts about fiber bundles, but will focus primarily on topological aspects of vector bundles. Topics include Chern classes (and obstructions to triviality), connections, an introduction to Lie groups as needed for the study of principal G-bundles, groups of bundle isomorphism of a given vector bundle, special structures of the tangent bundle (involutive structures such as complex and CR structures). Time permitting, there will be an introduction to K-theory and the Atiyah-Singer index theorem.

Course Grading: This is an advanced graduate course. Attendance and in-class participation will be the primary assessment methods.

Exam Dates: This is an advanced graduate course.

Attendance Policy: Attendance is required.

Attendance and Your Health: To achieve course learning goals, students must attend and participate in classes, according to your instructors' requirements. However, if you feel unwell or if you are under quarantine or in isolation because you have been exposed to the virus or tested positive for it, you should not come to campus or attend in-person classes or activities. It is the student's responsibility to contact their instructors to create a plan for participation and engagement in the course as soon as they are able to do so, and to make a plan to complete all assignments in a timely fashion, when illness delays their completion.

Disability Statement: Any student who has a need for accommodations based on the impact of a documented disability or medical condition should contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) in Howard Gittis Student Center South, Rm 420 (drs@temple.edu; 215-204-1280) to request accommodations and learn more about the resources available to you. If you have a DRS accommodation letter to share with me, or you would like to discuss your accommodations, please contact me as soon as practical. I will work with you and with DRS to coordinate reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities. All discussions related to your accommodations will be confidential.

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Technology specifications for this course: A working computer with a reliable internet connection, a Webcam, and audio capability. Recommended Internet Speed: 8mbps download & 5mbps upload. You can test your connection at https://www.speedtest.net. Please note: Hard-wired connections are more consistent than Wi-Fi for Zoom sessions. A scanning app such as AdobeScan or CamScanner is required as is access to Zoom and Canvas (the Canvas app is also recommended).
Limited resources are available for students who do not have the technology they need for class. Students with educational technology needs, including no computer or camera or insufficient Wifi-access, should submit a request outlining their needs using the Student Emergency Aid Fund form. The University will endeavor to meet needs, such as with a long-term loan of a laptop or Mifi device, a refurbished computer, or subsidized internet access.

Remote proctoring statement: Zoom, Proctorio or a similar proctoring tool may be used to proctor exams and quizzes in this course. These tools verify your identity and record online actions and surroundings. It is your responsibility to have the necessary government or school issued ID, a laptop or desktop computer with a reliable internet connection, the Google Chrome and Proctorio extension, a webcam/built-in camera and microphone, and system requirements for using Proctorio, Zoom, or a similar proctoring tool. Before the exam begins, the proctor may require a scan of the room in which you are taking the exam.

Online Classroom Etiquette: It is expected that each student attends every class on time for the full duration of each class and behaves, in the same professional manner, as if you are in a regular classroom. This refers in particular to your location and attire. It is not appropriate to eat a large meal, drink alcohol, smoke, or get up often during an online class.

Statement on recording and distribution of recordings of class sessions: Any recordings permitted in this class can only be used for the student's personal educational use. Students are not permitted to copy, publish, or redistribute audio or video recordings of any portion of the class session to individuals who are not students in the course or academic program without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded. Distribution without permission may be a violation of educational privacy law known as FERPA as well as certain copyright laws. Any recordings made by the instructor or university of this course are the property of Temple University.