# Homework Assignment 11

Assigned Thursday March 24; due Thursday April 7, 3PM, in class

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Required reading. Read, reread and rereread your notes to this point, and make sure that you really, really really, really really really understand everything in them. Do the same every week! Also, read Hatcher's pages 166-176 and 185-217.

Solve the following problems. (But submit only the underlined ones). In Hatcher's book, problems 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 on pages 176-177 ( and are defined on pages 6-7).

Just for fun. Let be a nicely embedded circle in (nicely'' means smoothly or even piecewise polygonally with finitely many pieces, if you wish). We know that .

• Understand this fact straight from the definition of homology on a pictorial level, without referring to any theorems whose proofs you cannot hold in your head in one piece.
• Now let be another nicely embedded circle in , disjoint from (so the two circles together form a 2-component link). Then represents a class in and hence an integer called . Use your understanding from the previous part to give a simple method to compute on a pictorial level.
• Prove that .
• How is related to the linking number'' defined in class a while ago, using the degree of a map ?

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Dror Bar-Natan 2005-03-23