General Information

Scheduled Lectures

MWF 12:50—1:55pm
(x-hour) T 1:20—2:10pm
Kemeny 105


David Freund
Office: 219 Kemeny Hall
Office Hours: Monday 4:30-5:30pm,
                      Tuesday 2:15-3:30pm,
                      Thursday 1:00-3:00pm,
                      or by appointment
Email: dfreund at


Topology (2nd edition) by James Munkres (Available at Wheelock Books and also directly from the publisher)

Homework Policy

  • Details about each homework may be found on the homework page.
  • Problems worked on during class should be completed before the next class period.
  • There is assigned textbook reading preceding every class period.
  • Problem sets will be due most Wednesdays and Fridays and should be submitted electronically.
  • All problem sets must be typeset using LaTeX and the solutions should be written in complete sentences. Reference any theorems or propositions from class or the text.
  • Consult the honor principle (below) as it applies to this course and homework submission.


There will be one midterm exam and a final exam. The exams are scheduled as follows:

Midterm Exam July 13, 2016 In-class and take-home
Final Exam August 27, 2016 3-6pm (Room TBA)


The course grade will be based upon the problem sets, midterm exam, and the final exam as follows:

Problem Sets 30%
Midterm Exam 35%
Final Exam 35%

If you must miss a class or exam for any reason, it is your responsibility to notify your instructor in advance, submit all homework on time, and to get notes from a classmate. Without prior arrangements, late problem sets will not be graded and missed exams cannot be made up.

Expectations of Students

  • Actively attend every class. This means being on time and being prepared to work through new problems and concepts (either individually, in a group, or as a class). In the event of an absence, students are responsible for all missed material and announcements.
  • Be respectful and courteous toward everyone in the classroom. For instance, give everyone a chance to contribute during class, be engaged but not distruptive, and encourage each other.
  • Work with the material every day, expecting to spend at least 3-4 hours per class meeting outside of class. This includes reciting definitions and theorems, reading, reviewing course notes, solving homework problems, and typing solutions in LaTeX.
  • Use the available resources and ask for help when it is needed. Meet with the instructor or fellow classmates to work through difficulties. Especially for those new to typesetting or proof writing (or both!), the course will require more work up front.

The Honor Principle

On Problem Sets: Collaboration on problem solving is permitted and encouraged. This includes working toward a solution, asking for assistance, and helping with typesetting issues. However, it is a violation of the honor code to copy solutions or for someone else to provide solutions. Do not copy from any medium (e.g., blackboard, scrap of paper) on which a solution has been worked out. The submitted solution must be the individual's own writing.

On each problem, mention any collaborators, people who offered help, as well as outside resources consulted. Hints or suggestions from the instructor are specifically exempt from this policy. The grade assigned to the work will be unaffected by the number of resources used but it is important to give credit to all of them.

On Exams: Receiving assistance from any source (animate or inanimate), except the instructor or sources specifically named on the exam, is strictly prohibited. Similarly, giving assistance of any kind (directly or indirectly) is not allowed. Matters of clarification are left to the instructor and he should be consulted prior to any potential conflict.

Disabilities, Religious Observations, etc.

Students with disabilities, "invisible" or not, enrolled in this course and who may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to meet with the instructor privately as early as possible in the term. Students requiring disability-related accommodations must register with the Student Accessibility Service office.

Once SAS has authorized accommodations, students must show the originally signed SAS Services and Consent Form and/or a letter on SAS letterhead to the instructor. As a first step, if students have questions about whether they qualify to receive accommodations, they should contact the SAS office. All inquiries and discussions about accommodations will remain confidential.

Some students may wish to take part in religious observances that occur during the academic term. Any religious observation that conflicts with participation in the course should be discussed with the instructor before the end of the second week of the term. If further support is required, please contact Nancy Vogele (Nancy.Vogele at