Academic year(s): 2017-2018
SCOTCAT credits : 15
ECTS credits : 7
Level : SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable: 10.00 am Mon (odd weeks), Wed and Fri
This module introduces the ideas of metric and topological spaces. A metric space is simply a set together with a 'distance' between any two points. This idea is pervasive in mathematics: from situations such as the usual distance in n-dimensional space, to the Hamming distance between words in an error-correcting code and the distance between functions approximating a given function. Metric spaces can be thought of as particular instances of topological spaces, where the fundamental concept is that of points being 'close' to each other rather than the precise distance between points. Topological spaces are a powerful generalisation of metric spaces, and have had a profound influence in the development of mathematics. Many examples of metric spaces and topological spaces will be introduced and fundamental ideas within topology will be discussed, including separation axioms, compactness and connectedness.
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you should pass MT2002 or pass MT2502 or pass MT3600 or pass MT4004
Weekly contact: 2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1 tutorial (weeks 2 - 11).
Scheduled learning hours: 35
Guided independent study hours: 115
As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%