MATH497C Assignment 1
Problem 1. Write a careful proof of Exercise 2.6 from the notes (you may use results from
other exercises therein).
Solution of Problem 1. A simple, closed curve in R2 is a continuous map : [0, 1] R2 wich
is injective on [0
MATH497C Assignment 11
Problem 1. Show that the group of continuous homomorhpisms of Td has a canonical isomorphism with Md (Z) = cfw_d d matrices with entries in Z, where the group operation on continuous homomorhpisms and matrices is both add
MATH497C Assignment 10
Problem 1. * Let p be an irreducible integral polynomial (ie, p cannot be written as p = p1 p2 ,
where p1 and p2 are polynomial of degree greater than 1 with coecients in Q). Show that p
must have distinct roots (ie, each
MATH497C Assignment 9
Problem 1. Let f : I 2 R2 be the horseshoe map that appeared in the lecture and notes. See
the notes or lectures for the denitions of W (x, y ) and W (x, y ) for = s, u. Show that for
every (x, y ) f and suitably small :
MATH497C Assignment 8
Problem 1. Suppose that f and g are two commuting homeomorphisms (ie, f g = g f ).
Show that (f g ) = (f ) + (g ).
Proof. Note that in this case, we can conlude by induction that (f g )n = f n g n . This is trivial
when n =
MATH497C Assignment 7
Problem 1. Let an R be a sequence of real numbers, and suppose that there is some L > 0
such that am+n am + an + L. Then limn an converges to some r R cfw_. [Hint: First
show that the sequence is bounded above, then show
MATH497C Assignment 5
Due: October 5, 2012
Problem 1. Let X be a compact metric space. We say that x X is an isolated point if there
is some > 0 such that B (x) = cfw_x, i.e. cfw_x is an open set. Prove that if X is countable then
there is a point x X tha
MATH497C Assignment 4
Due: September 28, 2012
(a) Prove that if f : R/Z R/Z has degree d then for any x R/Z, card(f 1 (x) |d|.
(b) Prove that if f, g : R/Z R/Z then deg(f g ) = deg(f ) deg(g ).
(c) Show that if h : R/Z R/Z is a homeomorphism, t
MATH497C Assignment 3
Due: September 21, 2012
Problem 1. Let G be an abelian group, and d be a metric on G such that d(gh1 , gh2 ) = d(h1 , h2 )
for every g, h1 , h2 G (such a metric is translation invariant). Show that if H is a closed
subgroup of G (equ
MATH497C Assignment 2
Problem 1. Dene cfw_x to be the fractional part of x, i.e. 0 cfw_x < 1 and x = cfw_x + [x] where
[x] is an integer (the integer part of x).
(a) Prove that given any irrational there are innitely many solutions p, q Z, q > 0
Give solutions to the following problems. Points are awarded for correctness and clarity.
You may use results from class or the homeworks, but refer to any results you use with as much
accuracy as possible.
Problem 1 (4 Points)