11/18/04 MATHEMATICS
DEPARTMENT, FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY

MATH COLLOQUIUM,
THURSDAY,
NOVEMBER 18, 2004,

11:00
AM, STARR 138

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__SPEAKER:__ Dr. Michael Dekker,
Assistant Professor

** **Department of Mathematics, Ferris State University ** **

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**TITLE: ***A
Brief Tour of Topology*

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**Abstract:**

*Topology is a field of
mathematics that can briefly be defined as “the qualitative study of
shapes”. Frequently, undergraduate
mathematics majors receive little exposure to topology, which is a field that
receives a great deal of attention from research mathematicians. In addition, there are many interesting
topics in topology that can be enjoyed without an advanced background in
mathematics. In particular, we will
examine some well-known topological objects including the Sphere, the Torus,
the Moebius Band, and everyone’s favorite non-orientable 2-dimensional
manifold, the infamous Klein Bottle (even though it doesn’t exist in
3-dimensions!). Students are especially
welcome!*

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**REFRESHMENTS: **11:00 AM, STARR 138

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