MA3F2, Knot Theory
Winter 2009

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.

Instructor and TA
Name 
Building/Office 
Email 
Phone 
Office Hours 
Saul Schleimer 
35/B2.14 
s dot schleimer at warwick dot ac dot uk 
024 7652 3560 
See webpage. 
Sara Maloni 
N/A 
s dot maloni at warwick dot ac dot uk 
N/A 
N/A 


Class meetings
Activity 
Led by 
Time 
Building/Room 
Lecture
 Schleimer
 Monday 121pm
 24/H0.52

Support class
 Maloni
 Tuesday 910am
 35/MS.04

Lecture
 Schleimer
 Tuesday 12pm
 35/MS.01

Lecture
 Schleimer
 Friday 12pm
 35/MS.01

Support class
 Maloni
 Friday 23pm
 35/B3.01



Reference materials
We will be closely following Professor Sanderson's lecture notes.
The entire set of notes can be downloaded in PDF format.
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. Sanderson's exams can be
found on Sanderson's website and on
Mathstuff.
Here is a link to the 2008 exam.

Grades
There will be no assessed work for this class other than the exam.

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.
