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Graduate Fundamental Concepts of Topology (MATH730, UMD)

Lecture Notes
Fall 2016, Prof. Rosenberg
Notes by Joseph Heavner
September 5, 2016
These are simply a retying of my in class notes, perhaps with a few
gaps filled in. They are not sufficiently detailed to replace our course
text (Hatcher and some outside references such as Taos rapid overview
of point-set topology) or Prof. Rosenberg lectures, but these notes may
serve as a good supplement to such resources, particularly for review purposes. Any special material should be marked in some way or another
as supplementary. The course webpage is via Canvas/ELMS and can be
found at
Send any corrections or suggestions to jheavner (at) umd (dot) edu.

1 August 29: Review of Point-Set (General) Topology
1.1 Logistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1.2 Main Lecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1.3 Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2 August 31: Review of Point-Set (General) Topology II

2.1 Main Lecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2.2 Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


3 September 2: Review
3.1 Last Time . . . . .
3.2 Main Lecture . . .
3.3 Preview . . . . . .



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August 29: Review of Point-Set (General) Topology I


The syllabus is on Canvas. We will have three exams, as required by the university, including a midterm on September 30, a midterm on November 7, and
a final on December 16 (with the finas date being set by the university). Each
midterm is worth 100 points, and the final is worth 200 points. Homework totals to 200 points, so that the grade breakdown is 1/3, 1/3, 1/3. We will cover

chapters 0, 1, and 2 of Hatcher. Roughly, the plan is to cover point-set topology for 1 week (outside resources such as Tao and Goodwillie), basic geometric
topology for about 3 weeks (Chapter 0), the fundamental group and covering
spaces for about 3 weeks (Chapter 1), the classification of surfaces for about 1
week (Chapter 1 and outside sources such as Zeeman and Koch), and finally we
will cover simplical, singular, and cellular homology for the last 7 weeks of the
course (Chapter 2).


Main Lecture

Topos mans roughly place in Greek. In topology, we forget distances and

angles and all the specifics, but we keep adjacency and still cover shapes like in
geometry, just less quantitatively.
Definition. A topological space is a set X with the family T of subsets of
X such that: (1) , X T , (2) T is closed with respect to arbitrary unions
(Pi T = i Pi T ), and (3) T is closed with respect to finite intersections
(Pi T = ni Pi T ). The elements of T are called the open sets of X
or of the topology (X, T ). (We will frequently use the abuse of notation that
(X, T ) = X when the topology is clear.)
If O T , then X O is called a closed set.
Examples. For all X the discrete topology is where all sets are open, and the
indiscrete topology is where only the empty set and the whole set are open. We
have better examples, for instance R with the standard topology so that a set
is open iff it is a union of open intervals Ii = (a, b) a, b R. (The discrete
topology is uninteresting here because it is uncountably infinite.) This should
serve as some intuition. We now look at a special case of a topological space.
Definition. A metric space (X, ) is a set X with a distance function (AKA
metric) such that (1) (x, y) = (y, x), (2) (x, y) 0 with equality only when
x = y, and (3) the triangle inequality (x, z) (x, y) + (y, z) holds.
Examples. The real line with the standard metric d(x, y) = |x y| is a metric
pP as is the more general n-space R with the standard metric d(x, y) =
(xi yi ) .
Topological spaces extend, abstract, and generalize metric spaces, which are
a more intuitive starting point. If X is a metric space, then X inherits a topology
associated to where open sets are unions of open balls
Br (x) = {y X : d(x, y) < r}
For instance, open balls on the real line and open intervals. It is important
to note that a topology may carry many different metrics, because to be a
topological space is a strictly weaker condition. Some may not carry any metric
at all.
Definition. A topological space is called metrizable iff a topology is induced
by some metric.
So, for instance, the indiscrete topology is non-metrizable if there is more
than one point, because you cannot define a distance function if you cannot
even tell points apart! (1 point is trivial)

Definition. The separation axioms (the first three, main ones, at least) are a
way to tell points apart and help with this problem. They are as follows:
1. T0 x y means there exists an open set containing one but not the other.
(A small example is the topology on two points where the open sets are
the empty set, the whole set, the first point, and both points.)
2. T1 x X means {x} is closed (so that points are closed). (A good
example here is the topology on two points where the open sets are the
left point, the right point, and both points, in addition to the trivial open
3. T2 (Hausdorff ) x 6= y means x, y are contained in disjoint open sets.
Actually, most spaces we (and most other people) care about are Hausdorff,
and we will often assume this condition. An alternative terminology to T n is
nth countable.
Fact. All metric spaces are Hausdorff, because if P1 , P2 are r apart, then take
open balls of radius less than or equal to r/2, and we have that they do not
intersect and that P1 , P2 are contained in disjoint open sets, i.e., are Hausdorff.
A question was asked about inner product spaces in this arena. If you take
an n-dimensional vector space and you take d(x, y) := ||hx y, x yi||1/2 , then
you get and two products on the same vector space give some topology, because
open balls can be connected between unions.
We often just list open sets, which generate the pothers, e.g., open balls in
(X, d). So, we make a definition.
Definition. A basis for a topology is a set of open sets such that every open
set in the topology is equal to some union of open sets in the basis.
Definition. A neighborhood of a point x is a set containing an open set containing x.
Definition. An open neighborhood requires that the set be open. We will
sometimes just call open neighborhoods neighborhoods. (Compare with the
idea of an -neighborhood in Rn or Cn .)
Definition. A neighborhood basis of x is a set of open neighborhoods of x,
which generate all neighborhoods.
Fact. In (X, d) all points have a countable neighborhood basis, namely B1/n (x),
because A X containing an open set in X iff B1/n A.
Definition. The first countability axiom says that there exists a countable
neighborhood basis for all points. (Such spaces are called first-countable.)
Fact. Hausdorff, first countable, and some technical conditions only a topologist
could love give metrizability.
Definition. The second countability axiom says that there exists a countable
basis for all neighborhoods.
For instance, R and {(r, s) : r < s & r, s Q}. The discrete topology on the
real line is not second countable, but it is metrizable (discrete metric).



Next time, we discuss nets, convergence, limits, and compactness.

August 31: Review of Point-Set (General) Topology II


Main Lecture

We forgot to define some basic notions last time, so we will do that now.
1. If X is a topological space and A X, then A inherits the subspace
topology A TX .
2. If X and Y are topological spaces, then f : X Y is continuous iff the
pullback f 1 (O) of an open set is open in X for all open sets in Y . The
opposite direction is just given by being open; we will see later why the
inverse part is really important.
Calculus defines continuity as if {xn } is convergent in X, then {f (xn )} is
convergent in Y ; keep this in mind.
Definition. A directed set (I, ) is a partially ordered set (poset, which, if
you have forgotten, is binary relation over a set which is reflexive (a a),
antisymmetric (a b and b a means a = b), and transitive (a b and b c
means a c)) with i1 , i2 I = i I with i i1 and i i2 (common upper
bound). i1 , i2 may themselves be incomparable. In particular, we do not require
the order be linear or total.
Definition. A net in a topological space X is a sequence {xi }iI with xi X
where the index set I is directed.
Definition. A net converges to x X if all neighborhoods N of x we have xi
is eventually in N . (You can always go arbitrarily far out in a partial order
to get to N and back.)
Proposition. f : X Y is continuous iff for all nets xi converging to some x
in X, we have f (xi ) f (x) Y .
Proof. We prove right implication and leave left implication as an exercise. If
f is continuous and xi x X, then choose open O Y containing f (x).
f 1 (O) is open by continuity and it contains x because x f 1 (f (x)), so xi
eventually lies in f 1 (O) by definition of convergence. Apply f and so f (xi )
eventually lies in O.

is the
Definition. X a topological space and A X, then the closure of A (A)
smallest closed set containing A.
(closed sets containing A) is closed an minimal, so A is well-defined. We
note that there is a sort of one-to-one correspondence between topology and
closure relations. Indeed, we can define a topology in terms of closure instead
of open sets. (Exercise.)
Theorem 1. X a topological space with A X, then x A iff there is a net
xi A so that xi x.

Proof. Prove left implication first. xi x with xi A means that x A,

because each neighborhood of X meets A.

Quick aside ... x A iff every neighborhood of x meets A, because AC if

the largest open set disjoint from A and the other way around.
For the other way, we have each open neighborhood U of X meets A. Choose
XU U A, then xU is a net indexed by open neighborhoods of x, which are
convergent to x.

By the way, we always assume choice in this class. Without the axiom of
choice, you are not going to get very far in topology.
Theorem 2. A topological space is Hausdorff iff any net in X converges to at
most one limit.
Before proving this, let us demonstrate that this is special to Hausdorff
spaces; this also shows a big reason why we want our spaces to be Hausdorff.
Let X = {a, b} with non-trivial open sets {a}, {a, b}, so {b} is closed but {a} is
and the net {a} converges to both a and b, so the net has two
not, so b {a}
limit points.
Proof. Hausdorff means distinct points have distinct neighborhoods, so convergence is only possible to one point; this is really easy. The converse is proven
as follows. Assume nets have at most one limit point and X is not Hausdorff.
Choose s 6= t such that s meets each of t. Let Us , Ut be families of neighborhoods of s, t and order Us Ut by (T, U ) (V, W ) T V & U W , so then
Us Ut is clearly directed. Choose x (T, U ) U for all T Us with U Ut ,
then the net converges to t and to s.

Definition. X is compact if for all open covers (families of open sets such that
all points in X are in at least one open set) of X there is a finite sub-cover. (This
is known as the Heine-Borel property after the theorem of the same namesake,
which proved that the unit interval is compact.)
One can phrase this in terms of closed sets and convergence, should he or
she desire. From this, you get the equivalent definition that X is compact if
all families F of closed sets in X with the finite intersection property (FIP),
meaning if f1 , . . . , fn F, then f1 fn 6= ., then
F 6=

So, we get a sort of extension of FIP to the infinite case.

Theorem 3. X is compact iff each next in X has a convergent subnet (throw
away, reindex new order compatible).
For instance, R is not compact; {(n, n + 2) : n Z} is an open cover with
no finite sub-cover.
Proof. We start with right implication. X is compact and {xi } a net. For i T ,
let Ai := {xj : j i} so {Ai } (or its closure) has FIP, since there is no point
further than all which is in the intersection, so there is an x Ai . So, a subset
of {xi } goes to x. (Prove the last assertion.)
To go the other way, we say every net has a convergent subnet. Assume
F is a family of closed sets with FIP. Finite intersections of elements of F are

indexed by inclusion. Choose a point in each. This gives a net, and if a subnet
goes to x, then it is easy to see that

Before we go to preview, I will throw in some side notes I made that I was
too lazy to better integrate. First, a sequence can naturally be considered a
net, and you can basically think of nets as sequences, because most interesting
things transfer over to the general case of topology from your experience with
analysis. Second, nets can have different subnet limit points but a convergent
net in a Hausdorff space has just one (see this as it relates to the proof above).



Next time, we look at normality (a stronger condition than T2) and interesting
questions like the lifting property.

September 2: Review of Point-Set (General) Topology



Last Time

We ended last class by proving three very important theorems.

1. A X and x A means there is a net in A which converges to x (and
2. X Hausdorff iff a net in X has at most one limit point
3. X compact iff there exist nets in x with convergent subnets


Main Lecture

Definition. X is normal if disjoint closed sets have disjoint open neighborhoods. (Draw!)
So, we generalized points to closed sets (comparing to T2). Let us get on
with trying t prove that T2 and compact is enough for normality.
Theorem 4. X Hausdorff with A X compact (induced topology) means A
is closed in X and x X A means x and A have disjoint open neighborhoods.
Proof. Fix x X A, then for each y A there is an open neighborhood
Uy of y X so that x
/ Uy because X is T2. The collection of Uy covers
A. By compactness of A, there are finitely many points y1 , . . . , yn A with
Uy1 Uyn = U A (finite subcover). x
/ Uy by assumption and x
so A is closed.

Theorem 5. If X is T2 and A, B disjoint compact subsets, then A, B have
disjoint open neighborhoods. (Compact + T2 = normal)
Proof. x A, then Theorem 4 gives that there is Ux such that B is disjoint from
Ux . So, {Ux } covers A. There exist x1 , . . . , xn A with Ux1 Uxn = U A
B = . The complement of U
then gives the result.
and with U

Some books even go so far as to assume Hausdorff in the definition of compactness, and call compact topological spaces, which are not Hausdorff quasicompact, but we will not do this. (This is the Bourbaki convention.)
Definition. X, Y are homemorphic if there exist f : X Y and g : Y X
continuous with f g = 1Y and g f = 1X . (We write X ' Y here, but others
might use
= or .)
Homemorphic spaces are indistinguishable from the perspective of topology,
just like isomorphic groups are in algebra. Clearly, ' gives an equivalence
relation. An even weaker condition called homotopy equivalence, which we will
see later, can be thought of as equivalence, too.
Definition. X is locally compact if every x X has a compact neighborhood.

1. R is locally compact but not compact.

2. (0, 1) ' R given by the bicontinuous map (equiv. homeomorphism) x 7
(tanh(x) + 1)/2)
Definition. X, Y topological spaces, then X Y is a topological space with
open sets generated by {U V } where U open in X and V open in Y . This is
called the product topology.
A net (xi , yi ) converges to (x, y) in X Y iff (xi ) x and (yi ) y, as one
would expect. It turns out, this is actually more fundamental then the above
construction, because matters get tricky with infinite products.
Definition. Suppose (X
Qi ) is a collection of topological spaces, then there is
a natural topology on i Xi called the product topology, for which the net
convergence property above holds. A topology is given by sets of the form
Ui Ui open in Xi

where all but finitely many Ui (called cylinder sets) are equal to Xi .
Theorem. Tychonoffs theorem states that an arbitrary prduct of compact
(Hausdorff) spaces is compact (Hausdorff).
Proof. Axiom of choice :-)
Theorem. Every locally compact Hausdorff space X has a unique one point
compactification X + with X + = X if X is compact, X + = X {} for X
non-compact and X + is compact Hausdorff.
Proof. Exercise (no time, sorry)
If X = Rn , then X + = S n , the n-sphere (using the topological notation so
that a circle is S 1 ). Some other locally compact spaces include the vector space
Rn (not compact), the n-sphere S n := {x Rn+1 : |x| = 1}, the closed n-disk
or ball B n or Dn defined by {x Rn : |x| 1}, and the open n-disk DO
(' Rn
given by radial stretching, e.g., x 7 x/(1 |x|)).
Definition. X is connected if it cannot be written as a disjoint union of 2 open
subspaces (so, it is not disconnected).
Clearly, R is connected
Definition. X is path-connected if for all x, y X there exists a continuous
map f : [0, 1] X with f (0) = x and f (1) = y.
Path-connectedness is where we get our intuition from, but it is a stronger
condition that connectedness. Still, if a space is path-connected, it is clearly



Next time we will look at a few loose ends. We should prove the following
proposition: f : X Y continuous and X connected means f (X) connected.

We will also look at Urysohns lemma, which says that if X is normal and A, B
disjoint, normal subspaces, then there is a continuous f : X [0, 1] with f = 0
on A and f = 1 on B. We also investigate the corollary called the Tietze
extension theorem, which says that X normal and A X closed gives than any

continuous f : A [0, 1] extends to a continuous map f : X [0, 1].

For now we are done, and we leave for Labor Day break.