This sheet is based on Lectures 3 and 4.

  • Problem 1 explains explains why the space of homotopy classes of map $ u \colon I \to X$ is not very interesting, and thus why we need to use relative homotopy classes (i.e. path classes) to obtain a useful invariant.
  • Problem 2 generalises Proposition 2.6.
  • Problem 3 shows that $ \pi_1$ behaves nicely with respect to taking products.
  • Problem 4 shows that freely nullhomotopic maps induce trivial maps on $ \pi_1$.
  • Problem 5 gives an alternative interpretation of $ \pi_1(X,p)$: namely as the space of morphisms in the pointed homotopy category from $(S^1,1)$ into $(X,p)$.

This problem sheet is again hopefully not too challenging—next week’s will definitely be harder! 😈

🤓 Feel free to ask a question if you are stuck! 🤓

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