Skip to main content # ‘18.906: Algebraic Topology II’

## Table of contents

- Course Info
- Realistic Prerequisites
- Subject Matter
- Course Staff
- Lectures
- Problem Sets
- Exams
- Resources
- Grading
- Advice to Future Students

## Course Info

Class Size | 17 |

Hours/Week | 11.2 (11 responses) |

Instructors | Paul Seidel |

Overall Rating | 5.7/7.0 |

## Realistic Prerequisites

- The content of
**18.601, 18.101** and **18.905** were seen as necessary prerequisites. - Students said knowing some algebraic geometry would be helpful, but not required.

## Subject Matter

- Some students thought that the subject was very broad, and pure.

## Course Staff

- The TA was
**very helpful and approachable**. - Students wrote that Prof. Seidel was helpful, but was sometimes too vague when responding to questions in office hours.

## Lectures

- The lectures were seen as fast and disorganized. Students said it took multiple parsing of lecture notes in order to grasp the material sufficiently.

## Problem Sets

- Students found the problem sets challenging, yet enjoyable.
- Some students parsed the lecture notes multiple times to help them complete the assignment.

## Exams

- There were no exams for this course.

## Resources

- Many referred to Haynes Miller’s handwritten notes, which Prof. Seidel referred students to at the start of every lecture.
- Some used Prof. Hatcher’s textbook to supplement these.

## Grading

- Students said that cutoffs were not always transparent.
- Cutoff for an A previously was between 80 and 85%.

## Advice to Future Students

*“Go to office hours! The psets will be much less painful”* *“I would highly recommend this course with this professor!”*