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D mCn ; S mCn 1 /. 2. RnC1 X fxg ! S n , z 7! z x/=kz xk is an h-equivalence. n n 3. x0 ; : : : ; xn / 2 S n j xn 0g. Show that the quotient map S n ! S n =DC is an h-equivalence. 4. Let f1 ; : : : ; fk W Cn ! C be linearly independent linear forms (k Ä n). 0/ is homotopy equivalent to the product of k factors S 1 . 5. S n ! x; y/ 2 S n S n j x 6D yg, x 7! x; x/ is an h-equivalence. 6. Let f; g W X ! x/. Then f ' g. 7. Let A E n be star-shaped with respect to 0. Show that S n 1 Rn XA is a deformation retract.

5. 7. X / is null homotopic. 8. gf is null homotopic, if f or g is null homotopic. 9. Let A be contractible. Then any two maps X ! A are homotopic. 10. C/ are homotopy equivalences. n; n/-matrices. n/ ! X; P / 7! n/ is star-like with respect to the unit matrix. 11. There exist contractible and non-contractible spaces consisting of two points. 2 Further Homotopy Notions The homotopy notion can be adapted to a variety of other contexts and categories: Consider homotopies which preserve some additional structure of a category.

N k/ 0 B 0 B respectively. The map A 7! Rn /. 9. Projective Spaces. Rn / is a compact Hausdorff space. It is called the Grassmann manifold of k-dimensional subspaces of Rn . Cn /. Chapter 2 The Fundamental Group In this chapter we introduce the homotopy notion and the first of a series of algebraic invariants associated to a topological space: the fundamental group. Almost every topic of algebraic topology uses the homotopy notion. Therefore it is necessary to begin with this notion. A homotopy is a continuous family h t W X !