# 7. Singular homology

Today we finally got round to defining *singular homology*, which is a collection of functors

$$ H_n \colon \mathsf{Top} \to \mathsf{Ab}, \qquad n \ge 0.$$

It will take us sometime before we can actually prove anything interesting about singular homology (as evidenced by the fact that the most exciting question on Problem Sheet D asks you to prove that the singular homology of a point is zero for n>0 .)

Next lecture we will show that—just like with $ \pi_1$—actually $H_n$ induces a functor $ \mathsf{hTop} \to \mathsf{Ab}$. The true power of singular homology won't become apparent until we study *excision*** **in Lecture 14.

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