MATH-436 / 5 credits

Teacher: Hess Bellwald Kathryn

Language: English

## Summary

This course will provide an introduction to model category theory, which is an abstract framework for generalizing homotopy theory beyond topological spaces and continuous maps. We will study numerous examples of model categories and their applications in algebra and topology.

## Keywords

Abstract homotopy theory

## Required courses

Second-year math courses, including Topology.

## Recommended courses

• Rings and modules
• Algebraic topology

## Important concepts to start the course

• Necessary concept: homotopy of continuous maps
• Recommended concept: chain homotopy of morphisms between chain complexes

## Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

• Prove results in category theory involving (co)limits, adjunctions, and Kan extensions
• Prove basic properties of model categories
• Check the model category axioms in important examples
• Apply transfer theorems to establish the existence of model category structures
• Apply Bousfield localization to create model categories with desired weak equivalences
• Compare different model category structures via Quillen pairs

## Transversal skills

• Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
• Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
• Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.

## Teaching methods

Flipped class: pre-recorded lectures, active learning sessions with the instructor, exercise sessions with the assistant

## Expected student activities

Handing in weekly exercises to be graded.

## Assessment methods

Oral exam

In the case of Article 3 paragraph 5 of the Section Regulations, the teacher decides on the form of the examination he communicates to the students concerned.

## Supervision

 Office hours No Assistants Yes Forum Yes

## Bibliography

• W.G. Dwyer and J. Spalinski, Homotopy theories and model categories, Handbook of Algebraic Topology, Elsevier, 1995, 73-126. (Article no. 75 here)

• P.G. Goerss and J.F. Jardine, Simplicial Homotopy Theory, Progress in Mathematics 174, Birkhäuser Verlag, 1999.

• M. Hovey, Model Categories, Mathematical Surveys and Monographs 63, American Mathematical Society, 1999.

## In the programs

• Semester: Spring
• Exam form: Oral (summer session)
• Subject examined: Homotopical algebra
• Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Semester: Spring
• Exam form: Oral (summer session)
• Subject examined: Homotopical algebra
• Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Semester: Spring
• Exam form: Oral (summer session)
• Subject examined: Homotopical algebra
• Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

## Reference week

 Mo Tu We Th Fr 8-9 9-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14 MAA112 MAA331 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22

Wednesday, 13h - 15h: Lecture MAA112

Thursday, 13h - 15h: Exercise, TP MAA331

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