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Math 141: Elementary Differential Topology
Fall 2014

Basic Information

Instructor: Kenji Kozai
E-mail: (lastname) at
Office: 749 Evans
Office Hours: Monday 4:45-5:45, Tuesday 9-10, Friday 10-11, and by appointment
Course Webpage: /~kozai/m141f14/
Prerequisites: Math 104 or equivalent and linear algebra

Required Textbook

  • Victor Guillemin and Allan Pollack, Differential Topology

Other useful references (not required)


There will be weekly homework assignments due on Thursday. They will be posted on the course website and on bCourses at least one week prior to their due date. They may be turned in at the end of class on Wednesday, or in my office by 4pm on Thursday, either in person or by sliding it under my door. Late homework will not be accepted under any circumstance. However, your two lowest homework grades will not be included in the final grade calculation.

Discussing the problems with other students is encouraged, but each student must write solutions on his/her own. Please acknowledge who you collaborated with by writing their names on the top of your homework before turning it in. Copying solutions, either from other students or from solutions obtained from the internet or any other source, will be considered cheating. A good general guideline is that talking about the problem or explaining the ideas is acceptable, but reading another student's solution (or having it read to you) is not.


There will be one midterm exam on Monday, October 20. The midterm will be in class. The final exam is Thursday, December 18 at 7-10pm.

In the case of a fire alarm during either of the midterms or the final exam, leave your exams in the room, face down, before evacuating. Under no circumstances should you take the exam with you.


The final grade will be computed as follows:

  • Homework (25%)
  • Midterm (25%)
  • Final Exam (50%)


Important announcements regarding exams and homework assignments may beposted on bCourses. It is your responsibility to check bCourses regularly. You may configure bCourses to notify you via e-mail. To see how, see the tutorial on notifications.

Special Accommodations

If you have a documented disability and require special accommodations of any kind, please e-mail me as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, September 12.

Last modified 05 September 2014.