Oral test 1 on material including Problem Set 2 and 3.
Review definitions, examples, and reasons why statements are true or false
from the problem sets and solution, the WebCT quiz, and class notes.
This test will be closed to notes.

For example, I might ask you to define a metric ball in a space with the
discrete topology, give an example of a set with two different bases
that generate the same topology on the set and to explain why (open
circles and open squares generate the same topology on R^{2} and
we explained why in class using the basis comparison of topology ideas),
discuss the product topology examples from class notes...

Review especially (ie many of the questions will be very similar to those
below):

Definitions of a metric ball
Definition of a topology
Various definitions of an open set in a topology
Definition of a basis for a topology
A metric ball in the discrete metric topology and an explanation of why
Metric balls in R and R^2 and an explanation of why
Examples of open sets in the cofinite topology on R (and sets that are
not open) and an explanation of why
Examples of open sets in the lower limit topology on R (and sets that
are not open) and an explanation of why
Example of a subbasis which is not a basis and the topology it generates
and an explanation
The product topology on RlxRl and the
subspace topology it induces on lines of
different slopes and an explanation of why
Two topologies so that the union is not a topology and an explanation of
why
Examples of topologies (without using the indiscrete or discrete
topologies) so that the first topology is strictly contained in the second
and an explantion of why
Explanations of why certain topologies are not contained in others
(example why isn't the lower limit topology contained in the standard
topology?)
Examples of two different bases that generate the same topology and
and an explanation of why
...
In each case, I will be looking for clarity and depth, and a clear
demonstration that you understand "why". For the following Thursday, I will
ask you to reflect on your oral presentations via a self-evaluation.
So think about what are aspects of your presentations that went
especially well? How about aspects that could use improvement? I will
also ask you to give yourself a grade.

Don't be afraid of repetition - when you get up to the board,
restate your question, explain the relevant background material, answer
your question, and then review what you did and explain again
how it relates to the original question. If you can make some connections,
relate it to big picture ideas or metaphors, that is good too.