Office: MG 238-A
Phone: (208) 426-2653
Fax: (208) 426-1356
Web Address: http://math.boisestate.edu/~kaiser
Boise State University, Fall 2006
Class meetings: MWF 12:40 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in room
Textbook: Topology from the differentiable viewpoint
by John Milnor, Princeton University Press;
further literature here
MTWF from 11:40 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., MTW 1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Other by appointment. Drop ins are welcome any time.
Contents: Smooth manifolds and smooth maps, theorem of Sard and Brown, mapping degrees, oriented manifolds, vector fields, framed cobordism, Pontryagin construction, Hopf theorem.
Grading policy: Your final grade
will be determined by your work in four areas:
The final grade will be computed from the percentage received with respect
to 1000 possible points.
You need at least 60% of all points to get D-, 62% for a D, 67% for a D+, 70% for a C-, 72% for a C, 77% for a C+, 70% for a C, 80% for
a B-, 82% for a B, 87% for a B+, 90% for an A-, 92% for an A, and at least 90% for an A+.
- A Midterm (200 points) -- The tentative exam date is October 18.
The midterm exam will consist of a take-home part (100 points) and an
in-class part (100 points). No collaboration is permitted on the midterm exam.
- Homework (300 points) -- There will be 30 homework problems in about 10 assignments. Each homework problem counts 10 points.
A tentative list of assignments can be accessed through this web-page but can change in the course of the class.
- Final exam (300 points) -- The final exam is a takehome exam. Please submit your results on Monday December 11, 1 p.m. in MG 124.
- Project (200 points) -- Projects on topics from the area of differential topology, in particular interesting applications e. g. in knot theory.
Please get in touch with me before the midterm to discuss the topic of your project. Group projects are welcome. The project is due on December 11, 1 p.m.
Here is a preliminary version of some lecture notes for this class
The pdf file is created from postscript so has only mediocre quality. For better quality.
If you do not have a postscript reader get ghostscript/ghostview from
For the purpose of practicing latex feel free to take a look at my tex-file (but be aware that I am
not a texexpert and many things could be done in a much more elegant way.
Here are some suggestions for projects.
Homework Assignments as pdf files. You can get copies from me. .
Homework Assignment 1 pdf
Homework Assignment 2 pdf
Homework Assignment 3 pdf
Homework Assignment 4 pdf
Final, due December 11 pdf
This page was most recently updated on October 6, 2006.