Math 104

Winter 2018

Topics in Topology 


Textbook: Introduction to Smooth Manifolds” by John Lee, published by Springer, available at Wheelock Books.


Instructor: Vladimir Chernov, Office 304 Kemeny Hall


Vladimir Chernov

Contact Information

Office 304 Kemeny, Phone 603 646 2421

email preferred

Office Hours

Monday 3:30-5:30 PM, Wednesday 3:30-5:30 PM, Friday 9-10 AM

and by appointment

Class time and location

Kemeny 004

MWF 11:30-12:35 PM (x-hour Tuesday 12:15-1:05 PM)

Important course related web pages

Lecture Plan     Homework      Announcements



Course Grade will be based upon the scores on the scores for Homework, Middle of the term and End of the term Presentation and Discussion as follows:


Written Homework

50 points

Middle of the term presentation of two topics and general discussion of the material.

Monday February 12-Friday February 16

100 points

End of the term presentation of two topics and the general discussion of the material

Wednesday March 7- Sunday March 11

150 points


300 points





Oral Presentations: There will be a middle of the term and end of the term oral presentation and discussion. Each one will cover two course topics. They should be done during the periods Monday February 12 – Friday February 16 and Saturday March 7 – Wednesday March 11, respectively. The list of possible topics will be assigned in the week before the one when the presentations are due. The presentation will be in my office 304 Kemeny and except of the topics presented they will involve a general discussion of the other course topics.



Written Homework: will be assigned after each lecture. It will generally be due on Wednesday of the week following the week when it was assigned. The Written homework and the due dates can be found here.


Late homework will not be accepted. If you feel there is a very legitimate reason for your homework to be late you should discuss this with the Instructor to your section in advance. Unexcused and missing papers count zero.

Honors Principle:

·       On Oral Presentations and Discussion: No help given or received.

·       On Homework: Collaboration on homework is allowed and encouraged but no copying!

·       In general: when in doubt ask before doing.


Disabilities: Students with learning, physical, or psychiatric disabilities enrolled in this course that may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an office appointment to see your instructor before the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will remain confidential, although the Student Accessibility Services office may be consulted to discuss appropriate implementation of any accommodation requested. At such a meeting please provide your instructor with a copy of a disability registration form, which lists the accommodations recommended for the student by Student Acessibility Services within the Academic Skills Center. The person you might want to contact at the Academic Skills center is Ward Newmeyer, Director of Student Accessibility Services 205 Collis Center - (603) 646-9900.

Student Religious Observances: Some students may wish to take part in religious observances that fall during this academic term.  Should you have a religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the course, please come speak with your instructor before the end of the second week of the term to discuss appropriate accommodations.