Mathematics

MTH3040 - Topology and Metric Spaces (2019)

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MODULE TITLETopology and Metric Spaces CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEMTH3040 MODULE CONVENERDr Ana Rodrigues (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 weeks 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 24
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Topology and metric spaces provide a set of powerful tools that are used in many other branches of mathematics (from Algebraic Topology and Numerical Analysis to Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory). Fundamental to these topics is the idea of generalising the idea of “closeness” of two objects in a set to a very general setting. These techniques are fundamental to the understanding of more advanced topics in mathematics such as Measure Theory, Functional Analysis, Algebraic Topology and Algebraic Geometry.

This course aims to give an introduction to topology and metric spaces as well as applications to basic concepts of measure theory. In every section covered in this course we will start by studying the definitions and then we will present examples and some basic properties. Some important theorems will be stated and proved. With this module you will have the opportunity to further refine your skills in problem-solving, axiomatic reasoning and the formulation of mathematical proofs.

Pre-requisite - MTH2001 Analysis

AIMS - intentions of the module

The objective of this module is to provide you an introduction to Topology and Metric Spaces. Our main objective will be to define the basic concepts clearly and to provide proofs of useful theorems.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1. Recall and apply key definitions in Analysis;

2. State, prove and apply core theorems in Topology and metric spaces.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

3. Extract abstract problems from a diverse range of problems;

4. Use abstract reasoning to solve a range of problems.

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

5. Think analytically and use logical argument and deduction;

6. Communicate results in a clear, correct and coherent manner.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- Review of some real analysis: Real numbers, real sequences, limits of functions, continuity, intervals, set theory. (3 lectures)

- Metric spaces: Definition and examples, open and closed sets in metric spaces, equivalent metrics, examples. (4 lectures)

- Topological spaces: Bases, sub-bases and weak topologies, topologies of subspaces and products, homeomorphisms. (4 lectures)

- The Hausdorff condition: separation axioms, Hausdorff space, regular topological space. (3 lectures)

- Compact spaces: Definition, Compactness of [a,b], properties of compact spaces, continuous maps on compact spaces. An inverse function theorem. (3 lectures)

- Connected spaces: Connectedness, components, path-connectedness. (3 lectures)

- Complete metric spaces: Definition and examples, Fixed point theorems, the contraction mapping theorem. (4 lectures)

- Introduction to measure theory: Measure of plane sets. Outer and inner measure of a set. Measurable set (in the sense of Lebesgue). Some fundamental properties of Lebesgue measure and measurable sets. Definition and fundamental properties of measurable functions. (3 lectures)

- If time allows, a selection from the following: σ-algebras. Positive Borel measures. The Riesz representation theorem. Lp-spaces. Elementary Hilbert space theory. Banach spaces. Baire’s theorem. (3 lectures)
 
- Revision (3 lectures)

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 33.00 Guided Independent Study 127.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 33 Lectures including example classes
Guided Independent Study 127 Lecture and assessment preparation
     

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework problem sheets 10 hours All Written comments on scripts
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 20 Written Exams 80 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework – based on questions submitted for assessment 20 2 assignments, 30 hours total All Annotated script and written/verbal feedback
Written Exam – closed book 80 2 hours All Written/verbal on request, SRS
         
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
All Above Written Examination All August Ref/Def Period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Falconer, K. Fractal Geometry 2nd edition Wiley 2003 978-0470848623 [Library]
Set Sutherland, W.A. Introduction to Metric and Topological Spaces Oxford Science Publications [Library]
Set Rudin, W. Real and Complex Analysis Third McGraw Hill 1987 978-0070619876 [Library]
Set Charles Chapman Pugh Real Mathematical Analysis Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics, Springer [Library]
Set James R Munkres Topology Prentice Hall [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES MTH2001
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 30 August 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH None Defined