Math 445: Introduction to Topology I

David Dumas

University of Illinois at Chicago
Spring 2018

[The Lakes of Wada]
The Lakes of Wada: Three connected open sets in the plane with the same boundary. (Higher resolution version.)
Textbook Topology, 2ed by James R. Munkres. (Prentice Hall, 2000)
UIC library / Google books / Amazon
Lectures MWF at 1pm in 308 Taft Hall
Instructor email
Instructor office hours Mon, Wed, and Fri 2-3pm in 503 SEO
Exception: No office hours April 13
Grader Charles Alley (
Grader office hours Mon 9am-12noon in 430 SEO
CRN 39509 (undergraduate), 39510 (graduate)


Calendar & Grading

This is a condensed summary of some important dates and the weights used to compute your course grade. The course syllabus is the definitive reference for course policies.
Date/time Course grade fraction
Homework Most Mondays (see list below) 50%
In-class midterm Wed Mar 7 20%
Final Exam Mon May 7 30%


Problem sets and their due dates are listed below. Unless otherwise noted on the assignment, homework is due in class at the beginning of the lecture (i.e. at 1:00pm in 308 Taft Hall).

Typeset solutions are not required. If writing solutions by hand, please make sure they are legible. Staple homework if it spans several sheets of paper. Write your name and the assignment number (e.g. "Homework 1") at the top of the first page.

Many of the homework problems are assigned directly from the primary textbook (Munkres, 2ed).

Lecture titles and textbook sections

Supplementary texts

For students looking for another place to read about the topics from the course, I recommend:

Online resources


Students who are learning TeX / LaTeX and who want to typeset their homework may find this template helpful:
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