MA3F2, Knot Theory
Winter 2008

Course Description
"A knot may be regarded as a continuous loop of (thin rubber)
string. There are two fundamental problems: Is the loop really
knotted? When is a loop got from another by continuous deformation?
The problem is tackled by computing invariants. If for instance we
have a computable way to assign invariant numbers to knots then two
knots with different numbers can not be equivalent. Another approach
is to look at the topology of the complement of the knot. Can we find
a surface with the knot as boundary? What properties does it have?"
(Taken from the pink
booklet.)

Schedule
The schedule has a list of topics,
organized by lecture. Links to example sheets will be added as the
term progresses. I will also try to post my lecture notes (sans
pictures, unfortunately).

Instructor and TA

Class meetings
Activity 
Led by 
Time 
Building/Room 
Lecture
 Schleimer
 Monday 121pm
 44/PLT

Support class
 Jackson
 Tuesday 910am
 35/B3.01

Lecture
 Schleimer
 Tuesday 12pm
 35/MS.01

Lecture
 Schleimer
 Friday 12pm
 24/H0.52

Support class
 Jackson
 Friday 23pm
 35/B3.01



Reference materials
We will be closely following Professor
Sanderson's lecture
notes.
This course has no set text. However, the books The knot
book, by Colin
Adams and An introduction
to knot theory, by W.B.
Raymond Lickorish may be useful.
The MathStuff website for the course may also be
useful.

Example sheets
See the schedule for the example
sheets. Professor Sanderson's example sheets
will also be useful. Notice that his example sheets actually have
more examples than mine! The same link leads to written solutions, as
well.

Exam
The exam will be closed book. I'll post the time and place on the
schedule. Past exams can be found
on Sanderson's website and
also at Mathstuff.

Grades
There will be no assessed work for this class.

Mistakes
Please tell me in person, or via email, about any errors on this
website or made in class. I am especially keen to hear about
mathematical errors, gaffes, or typos appearing in the lecture notes.
