Course Information for Math 540-01

Math 540 Section 1
Instructor: Prof. Joe Borzellino
Time: MTRF 12:10–1:00pm, Mathematics and Science 38-201
Office Hours: MTRF 2:00–3:10pm (or by appointment) in Faculty Offices East 25-302
Phone: 756–5192
E–Mail: jborzell
Web Page:

Text: Munkres, Topology, 2
nd ed. and Gamelin & Greene, Introduction to Topology, 2nd ed

Your grade for the course will be determined by a cumulative point total weighted as follows:
Homework 25% Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25% Final Exam 25%

The dates for the midterms are as follows:

Midterm 1: Friday, October 19
Midterm 2:
Friday, November 16
Final Exam:
Friday, December 14, 10:10am–1:00pm.

All in class exams are CLOSED book. Calculators, notes and books will not be allowed. There are NO makeup exams. If an emergency situation arises which will cause you to miss an exam or quiz, you must contact me BEFORE the exam or quiz is given.
I will be assigning homework on a regular basis. It will be collected and graded. What I will be looking for is clear and understandable (and correct) solutions to the homework problems. If you make a claim in the solution to a problem, you should be able to justify it. Learning how to write up a clear and precise proofs will be one of the primary goals of the course. Topology is a beautiful subject. However, when one first learns it, it is often difficult to see the "forest through the trees." Hopefully, by the end of the course, you will not only be comfortable working with the many topological definitions you will encounter, but will also have an idea of what the "big picture" is.

Other Dates to Remember:
September 28 CalPoly Centennial Celebration (Friday)
November 9 Last Day to Withdraw
November 12 Veteran's Day (Monday)
November 21–25 Thanksgiving Break (Wednesday–Sunday)