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#1 2008-08-15 09:54:54

JaneFairfax
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Algebraic topology

I will summarize the results I developed and presented another thread in a more coherent and easier-to-follow fashion here. wink

1. HOMOTOPY

You have two topological spaces X and Y and two continuous functions

. Suppose for each
, there corresponds a continuous function
such that
and
for all
.

A continuous function

is callled a homotopy from f to g. We say that f and g are homotopic iff there exists a homotopy from f to g, and we write
; we can also express the fact that H is a homotopy from f to g by writing
.

The relation “is homotopic to” is an equivalence relation on

, the class of all continuous functions from X to Y.

(i) For any

, the function
is a homotopy from f to itself.

(ii) For any

, if
, then
is a homotopy from g to f.

(ii) For any

, if
and
, define
as follows.

Then

.

the equivalence classes under this equivalence relation are called homotopy classes.


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#2 2008-08-24 04:52:49

JaneFairfax
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Re: Algebraic topology

2. RELATIVE HOMOTOPY

Let X, Y be topological spaces,

, and A a subset of X such that
for all
. If H is a homotopy from f to g such that
for all
, H is called a homotopy relative to A (or homotopy rel A) from f to g, and we can write
.

Like ordinary homotopy, relative homotopy is an equivalence relation on

. Indeed, if
, H is just an ordinary homotopy.


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#3 2008-09-14 04:41:32

JaneFairfax
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Re: Algebraic topology

3. PATHS

Let X be a topological space and

. A path in X from a to b is a continuous function
with
and
.

If p is a path in X from a to b and q is a path in X from b to c, the product path

is the path from a to c defined by

                 


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#4 2008-09-14 05:11:45

LQ
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Re: Algebraic topology

I'm amazed, sounds important


I see clearly now, the universe have the black dots, Thus I am on my way of inventing this remedy...

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#5 2008-09-14 05:32:17

Ricky
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Re: Algebraic topology

In differential geometry, you also define the set of paths to a point to be the tangent space at that point.  The paths are of the form:

Such that

Where M is your manifold.  We then use the tangent space to define what a "derivative" means.


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#6 2008-09-14 05:46:22

JaneFairfax
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Re: Algebraic topology

Thanks Ricky. big_smile

Later, when I come to n-dimensional homotopy groups, I will be defining n-dimensional paths as continuous functions from the n-dimensional hypercube to X – but for the time being I avoid jumping the gun. tongue


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