An introduction to Point-Set-Topology Part-I

By Prof. Anant R. Shastri   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 954
The course will start with definition of metric spaces and topological spaces and proceeds to study topological aspects of metric spaces. W e prove three very important theorems on complete metric spaces and give construction of completion of metric spaces. The course then takes up the study of topological spaces, constructing new topologies from the old. Bases and subbases, I and II countability, separability, connected and path connectedness, Compactness , Lindeloffness, separation axioms etc. The course ends with the celebrated results such as Urysohn’s lemma and Titze’s extension theorem and some applications. The content of this course is mandatory for any meaningful study of analysis and further topology. The lecture slides are backed up by full notes, a strong team of tutors who will handle all the queries sympathetically and also by a number of online interactive session.

PRE-REQUISITE : Anybody who has passed 12 standard can take this course though one course in real analysis available on NPTEL Portal is preferable.


INTENDED AUDIENCE : Anybody who has passed 12th standard and had one or two courses in Real Analysis. Students from various streams which include some modern mathematics such as B. Sc., M. Sc., Students, Ph. D. , B. Tech. and M. Tech. who had not attended any topology courses seriously, before this, will be able to benefit form this course.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mathematics
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Chapter I - Introduction - Introduction, Normed linear spaces (NLS), Metric Spaces, ε -𝛿 Definition of continuity, Examples of continuous functions, Topological Spaces.
Week 2 : Chapter I - Introduction - Examples, Functions, Topology of the n-dim. Euclidean space, Equivalences on metric spaces, Equivalences continued.
Week 3 : Chapter I - Introduction - Counter examples, Definitions and examples,Closed sets, Interiors and boundaries, Interiors and derived sets.
Week 4 : Chapter I - Introduction - More examples, Metric Trinity, Baire’s Category Theorem, An Application in Analysis, Completion of Metric space.
Week 5 : Chapter II - Creating New Spaces - Bases and subbases, Subbases, Box Topology, Subspaces, Union of spaces.
Week 6 : Chapter II - Creating New Spaces - Extending neighbourhoods, Quotient Spaces, Product of spaces, Study of Products - continued, Induced and co-induced topologies.
Week 7 : Chapter III- Smallness Properties of Topological Spaces - Path Connectivity, Connectivity, Connected components, Connectedness-continued, Local Connectivitym, More Examples.
Week 8 : Chapter III- Smallness Properties of Topological Spaces - Compactness and Lindelöfness, Compact Metric Spaces, Compactness-continued, Countability and Separability, Types of Topological Properties.
Week 9 : Chapter III- Smallness Properties of Topological Spaces - Productive Properties, Productive Properties-continued, Tychonoff Theorem, Proof Alexander’s Subbase Theorem.
Week 10 : Chapter IV - Largeness properties - Fréchet Spaces, Hausdorff spaces, Examples and Applications, Examples and Applications - continued.
Week 11 : Chapter IV - Largeness properties - Regularity and Normality, Characterization of Normality, Tietze’s Characterization of Normal Spaces, Productiveness of Separation Axioms, The Hierarchy.
Week 12 : Chapter V - Topological groups and Topological Vector Spaces - Topological Groups, Topological Groups-continued, Topological Groups-continued, Topological Vector Spaces, Topological Vector Spaces-continued, Topological Vector Spaces-continued.

Books and references

There are many good books available on this topic though no single one will do for this course. Therefore, full notes will be made available to all enrolled students which will be the text-book for this course. Set of further references will be given on the very first day and will be also mentioned in these notes.

Instructor bio

Prof. Anant R. Shastri

IIT Bombay
Prof. Anant R Shastri is a retired Emeritus Fellow of Department of Mathematics I.I. T. Bombay. After serving in School of Mathematics T.I.F.R. for 16 years I joined I.I.T. Bombay as a full professor in 1988. Apart from several research papers,I have published three books. Since 2004, I have constantly involved in the activities of ATM schools, The chief activity of these schools is to impart advanced training in Mathematics to Ph. D. students in various universities and research institutions in the country. These activities were initially funded by NBHM and currently adapted by National Centre for Mathematics, I.I.T. Bombay. Over the years, I have taught t roughly the contents of the proposed course more than 20 times to M.Sc/ BTech / MTech and Ph. D. students.CDEEP has recorded my course on Complex Analysis MA205 for B. Tech students. I have offered a course in Algebraic Topology in two parts on NPTEL portal. I strongly believe that especially in these troubled times NPTEL mode of Knowledge-dissemination is the best

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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