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Fundamental group of the mapping cone of a loop

You can read in Wikipedia the following: Given a space X and a loop $\alpha\colon S^1 \to X$ representing an element of the fundamental group of $X$, we can form the mapping cone $C_α$. The effect of ...
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Calculating the homology groups of a simplicial complex using a Mayer-Vietoris sequence

I'm trying to calculate the homology groups for a simplicial complex $X$, which is a union of subcomplexes $X_1$ and $X_2$ which are both combinatorially equivalent to cones. This is the information I ...
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Stiefel-Whitney Classes of a submanifold

Suppose we have a manifold $M$ that is the product of $k$ copies of real projective space, say $$ M = \prod_{i=1}^k \mathbb{R} P^{n_i}.$$ Then $H^*(M; \mathbb{Z}/2) = \mathbb{Z}/2 [ \alpha_1, \dots, ...
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Homotopic equivalence for $S^5$ without three $S^1$

Consider a standard embedding of $S^5$ in $\mathbb R^6$: $S^5: \; x_1^2 + x_2^2 + x_3^2 + x_4^2 + x_5^2 + x_6^2 = 1.$ And consider three circles, which are sections of $S^5$ by $x_1 x_2$, $x_3 x_4$, ...
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Finding the Fundamental Groups of Some Modular Spaces

I'm looking to compute the fundamental group of a couple of different quotients of the $n$-torus. The first of these I'm interested is the space $\mathbb{T}^n/S_n$ where the symmetric group $S_n$ ...
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Understanding Hatcher's proof for $\chi(M)=0$ for non-orientable manifolds $M$ of odd dimension

In the Corollary 3.37 Hatcher proves that for a closed odd-dimensional manifold $M$, its Euler characteristic is zero. The first part of the proof deals with orientable manifolds, and uses Poincare ...
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Build sheaf from stalks

If I have a topological space $T$ and for each $p \in T$ I have an object $A_p$ in some category $\mathscr{A}$, then how can I define a sheaf out of this? In other words can I build a sheaf with ...
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Betti numbers over unital rings [closed]

Is the following statement correct? Given a manifold $M$. If $H_1(M,\mathbb Z)$ is a finite cyclic group, then the first $R$-Betti number $b_1(M,R)$ is bounded from above by $1$ for every unital ring ...
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Injection of the mapping cone of $z^2$

We define the mapping cone of $f:S^1\to S^1=:Y$, $f (z)=z^2$ as the quotient space of $S^1\times [0,1]\sqcup Y$ where $(z,0)$ and $(z',0)$ are identified and where $(z,1)$ and $f(z)$ are identified ...
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Write down a map $f$ from the torus $T$ to itself such that the induced map $g:H_1(T) \to H_1(T)$ is given by the matrix ( 1 1 : 0 1)

I think $f(x,y)=(x,x+y)$. suppose $f(x,y)=(x,x+y)$.then I am looking at the action of $g$ on the generators of $H_1(T)$. but I can't show that.
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Quotient of union of two spaces

Let $X$ be a topological space, $f : S^{n-1} \to X$ and $Y := X \cup_f D^n = \big(X \coprod D^n\big) / \sim$ , where $t \sim f(t)$ for $t \in S^{n-1}$. Problem. Prove that $Y/X \cong S^n$. My idea. ...
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What do you get if you glue a disk twice around a circle?

I would like to know what you get if you glue the disk $D^2$ around the circle $S^1$ via the map $\phi \colon \partial D^2\to S^1$, $\phi (e^{i\theta})=e^{2i\theta}$. I would have thought you would ...
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Cohomology Group of $CP^2 \wedge CP^2$

Calculate the cohomology group of $CP^2 \wedge CP^2$ To do this, at first I am trying to calculate the homology group and then use Universal Coefficient Theorem. To do this, at first I have ...
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What is the difference between CW-complex and Cellular complex?

Is every CW-complex is a Cellular space? Is its converse true? If it is true then what is the difference between them? We include the definition of CW-complex in algebraic topology given by ...
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Equivalent presentation for the fundamental group of the projective plane

We know that $\langle a,b;(ab)^2=1\rangle$ and $\langle z;z^2\rangle$ are presentations of the fundamental group of the projective plane. Therefore, one is obtained from the other via Tietze ...
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projective space and torus

we defined the projective space as $\mathbb{S}^2$ with opposie side identification and the torus as $\mathbb{R}^2 / \mathbb{Z}^2.$ And now I am concerned with their manifold structure- In fact, I ...
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Milnor's definition of bundle map in “Characteristic Classes”

In chapter 3 of "Characteristic Classes", Milnor defines bundle maps, requiring them to map fibers isomorphically onto fibers. Why not merely require homorphisms on fibers? (e.g., for the given ...
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Hurewicz map factors through bordism homology

I've read in multiple sources that the hurewicz map $h \colon \pi_n(X) \to H_n(X)$ factors through oriented bordism homology. I'm particularly interested in the injectivity of the map $h \colon ...
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An example of $K(G,1)$ in Hatcher

A $K(G,1)$ space is a path-connected topological space $X$ with contractible universal cover and $$ \pi_1(X)=G. $$ I am reading about $K(G,1)$ spaces in Hatcher's textbook and I don't understand ...
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Immersion of punctured torus into Euclidean [duplicate]

(a) Show there is an immersion of the punctured torus $S^1\times S^1$ - {a point} into $R^2$. (b) generalized it to $T^n$ - {a point} into $R^n$ can you give concrete proof for these problem? ...
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Euler characteristic of a singular fiber

I am trying to understand Kodaira's classification of fibers. In the table at page 41 of Miranda's book http://www.math.colostate.edu/~miranda/BTES-Miranda.pdf there is given the Euler number of the ...
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Simple homotopy construction

I'm sure this isn't too difficult but i can't seem to do it if you have two loops $p_0 = e*g $ and $p_1 = g*e$ where $e$ is the trivial loop How would i construct an explicit homotopy between the ...
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Section of a covering projection from a connected space [duplicate]

Let $p:\overline{X}\rightarrow X$ is a continuous mapping. A continuous map $s:X\rightarrow \overline{X}$ such that $p\circ s =Id_X$ is called a section of $p$. Suppose $\overline{X}$ is connected ...
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The fundamental group of some wedge sum

I was wondering how one can compute the fundamental group of the wedge sum of a sphere and 2 circles , i know the fundamental group is Z*Z ,and that the fundamental group of a wedge sum is the free ...
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Homology of a simplicial set

Let $X$ be a simplicial set. Define the complex $(C^X_\bullet,D)$ by $$C^X_n=\bigoplus_{X_n} \mathbb{Z}$$ and $$D_n=\sum_{i=0}^n (-1)^i d_i:C_n \to C_{n-1}$$ where the $d_i$'s are the face maps. I ...
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Embeddability of connected sum of non-embeddable surfaces

Let $X$ be a surface which can not be embedded into $\Bbb R^n$. Let $X \# X $ denotes the connected sum of two copies of $X$. Then is it true that the connected sum $ X \# X $ is also not embeddable ...
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Examples with zero first Stiefel-Whitney class and nonzero second Stiefel-Whitney class

What's the simplest/most concrete vector bundle you can think of that has zero first Stiefel-Whitney class but non-zero second? That would be the simplest space that doesn't have spinors. (See Spin ...
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Morphism of modules of sections of pullback bundles

Suppose that we have a morphism $\theta: \Gamma(B,E_1) \to \Gamma(B,E_2)$ where $E_i$ are two vector bundles over $B$ and let $f:A \to B$ be a continuos map. Then we can define a pullback bundles ...
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Section of pullback bundle

Suppose that $E \to B$ is a vector bundle and $f:A \to B$ is continuos. If $s$ is a section of $E$ how to define a section of pullback bundle? On wikipedia they say that it induces the section of the ...
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A problem on covering space from Hatcher book…

I was trying a problem from Hatcher's book Algebraic Topology, in section 1.3 problem number 12. Let $a$ and $b$ be the generators of $\pi_1(S^1 \vee S^1)$ corresponding to the two $S^1$ summands. ...
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Show that the Möbius band has its central circle $C$ as a deformation retract

I have started this problem by using the planar representation of the Möbius band and noted that a line down the middle is probably what is meant by the central circle, since travelling from top to ...
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“Cohomology classes correspond to homotopy classes of maps to Eilenberg Maclane spaces” and cup product?

I read this in Hatcher. I am especially interested in knowing if the cup product can be understood from this perspective? I would appreciate a reference.
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simply connected covering of a path connected space

Let $p:\overline{X}\rightarrow X$ be a simply connected covering of a path connected space $X$ and $A\subset X$ be a path connected set. Show that the inclusion induced homomorphism $i_{\sharp} : ...
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About covering spaces

Suppose X is a topological space whose fundamental group is Z x Z x Z2 x Z3. Is it possible for the wedge sum of two circles to be a covering space for X? Can anyone help me with this ?
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Let $A$ be the annulus in $\mathbb{C}$, what is the space $A/{\sim}$ generated by identifying all points on the “inner circle” with each other?

The annulus is $A=\{z\in\mathbb{C}:1\leq |z| \leq 2\}$ and the "inner circle" here is the set of points $\{z\in\mathbb{C}:|z|=1\}$. If we identify all points of the inner circle together, then, ...
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Embed $S^{p} \times S^q$ in $S^d$?

Can we embed $S^{p} \times S^q$ in $S^d$ with all the nice properties, what are the allowed values of $p$ and $q$ for $d=2,3,4$ where $p+q \leq d$? =For $d=2$= I suppose that we cannot embed $S^{1} ...
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How many elements does the free product $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}\ast\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$ have?

Taken from Hatcher, I think the free product $G =\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}\ast\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$ should have infinite elements taking the form of words containing alternate elements, i.e. $a, b, ab, ...
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Questions about strata of a variety: the nilpotent cone of $\mathfrak{sl}_2$.

I am reading the lecture notes. In the end of page 3, let $X = \{(a, b; c, -a): a, b, c \in \mathbb{C}^3, a^2 + bc = 0\}$. It is said that there are two strata: the regular orbit $U$ and $0$. What is ...
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Relative homology $H_n(S^2,S^0)$, or other examples

I've been reading Hatcher and think I understand the idea of relative homology, but he only provides two (fairly trivial) examples, homology relative to a point computing $H(S^n)$ using $D^n$s. My ...
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fiber bundle in topological category and smooth category.

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold and $G$ be a Lie group. Denote by $Bun(M,G)$ the set of all equivalent smooth Principal bundle on $M$ with structural group $G$ in smooth category. And denote by ...
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The significance of filtered colimits in homotopy theory

I have been allowed to attend some preparatory lectures for a seminar on the Goodwillie Calculus of Functors. I found in my notes from one of the lectures two statements which I would like to ask ...
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A question about the degree of a map

Consider $f,g: S^{n}\rightarrow S^{n}$ to be continuous maps. Seeing $S^{n}\subset\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$, let's say that $f$ and $g$ are orthogonal at $x\in S^{n}$ whenever $\langle f(x),g(x)\rangle = 0$ ...
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Conjugate group homomorphisms induce homotopic maps on classifying spaces

Let $G$ be a group and let $\phi: G \to G$ be the inner automorphism given by conjugation by an element $g' \in G$, i.e., $\phi(g) = g'^{-1} g g'$. I want to show that the induced map on classifying ...
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Is a covering space of a topological group a fiber bundle with the structure group the fundamental group of the topological space?

Question. Is a covering space of a topological group a fiber bundle with the structure group the fundamental group of the topological space? Let $p:E\rightarrow X$ be a covering space of X. I ...
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Fiber bundle beginner question.

I'm reading some notes on fiber bundles. Let $f:X \rightarrow Y$ be a continuous map of topological spaces. The author states: We say $f$ makes $Y$ a fiber space over $X$ if $f$ is locally trivial ...
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A question on Hawaiian earring

Consider the Hawaiian earring. Suppose $f_n$'s are the loops representing the circles of radius $1/n$ centered at $(1/n, 0)$ for $n=1,2\cdots$. Suppose the following holds in the fundamental group ...
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On the associative property of a binary operation of the fundamental group.

I was reading about the proof of associativity property of the operation on the fundamental group here. The book gives the following diagram then it says the reader should supply the elementary ...
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How to show $S^n$ is not contractible without using Homology..

I know the prove $S^n$ is not contractible using homology.But I don't know how to prove it from definition of contractibility.Can anyone help me in this direction? Thanks.
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Fundamental group of a quotient on a solid torus.

It is easy to compute the fundamental group of a solid torus. You easily get $\mathbb{Z}$ just because the torus is the cartesian product of a circumference and a closed disk. The next step is ...
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Shrinking wedge of circles

I'm spending too much time thinking about this problem : I need to show that the shrinking wedge of circles which is path connected, locally path connected ,doesn't have a simply connected covering ...