- Prime decomposition.
- Torus / JSJ decomposition.
- The loop and sphere theorems.
- Sutured manifold hierarchies.

- A. Hatcher, Notes on Basic 3-Manifold Topology. This reference covers the prime and torus decompositions and the loop and sphere theorems. This is the main reference for the first part of the course.
- W. Thurston, Three-dimensional geometry and topology. Among many other things, this book explains how to go back and forth between smooth structures and triangulations in dimension three and lower.
- E. Moise, Geometric topology in dimensions 2 and 3. This book explains why three-manifolds have triangulations.
- Scott & Wall, Topological methods in group theory, chapter 5 of this book. This source explains Stallings Ends Theorem, as well as the proof we give of the Sphere Theorem.
- W. Thurston, A norm for the homology of 3-manifolds, is the second part of this book.
- More references can be found in the notes below.

- Lecture 1, introduction to the course. (2016/02/03)
- Lecture 2, some smooth topology, Alexander's Theorem. (2016/02/08)
- Lecture 3, starting prime decomposition. (2016/02/07)
- Lecture 4, existence of prime decomposition. (2016/02/10)
- Lecture 5, uniqueness of prime decomposition, definition of incompressible surfaces. (2016/02/12)
- Lecture 6, incompressible surfaces and normal surfaces. (2016/02/28)
- Lecture 7, Haken finiteness, Seifert fibered spaces. (2016/02/28)
- Lecture 8, essential surfaces. (2016/05/06)
- Lecture 9, essential surfaces in SFS are vertical or horizontal. (2016/04/18)
- Lecture 10, orbifolds and surfaces in SFS. (2016/04/18)
- Lecture 11, uniqueness of torus decompositions. (2016/04/18)
- Lecture 12, uniqueness of torus decompositions, ctd. (2016/03/14)
- Lecture 13, uniqueness of torus decompositions, finished. Statement of Loop theorem and Dehn's Lemma. (2016/03/21)
- Lecture 14, Loop Theorem: building the tower and finding a disk. (2016/03/21)
- Lecture 15, finished proof of Loop Theorem. Representing 2-dimensional homology classes by nice surfaces. (2016/03/24)
- Lecture 16, applications of loop and sphere theorems. (2016/05/06)
- Lecture 17, reduction of sphere theorem to compact manifold with incompressible boundary. (2016/05/06)
- Lecture 18, outline of sphere theorem from Stallings ends theorem. (2016/04/06)
- Lecture 19, completing sketch of sphere theorem and Stallings ends theorem. Said a few words about what's next. (2016/04/27)
- Lecture 20, fibering, Thurston norm. (2016/04/28)
- Lecture 21, Thurston norm is a seminorm. (2016/04/18)
- Lecture 22, Integral forms have polyhedral unit norm ball. Tischler's theorem. (2016/05/04)
- Lecture 23, Fibers are norm minimizing. Euler class computes norm in a neighborhood of a fibered class. (2016/05/02)
- Lecture 24. Decomposition into Thurston cones. If a class is fibered, then it lies in an open cone on a top-dimensional face, and every other class in the cone is fibered. (2016/05/02)
- Lecture 25. Haken manifolds have hierarchies. Length of a Haken manifold is at most thrice the closed Haken number. (2016/05/22)
- Lecture 26. Sutured manifolds definitions. (2016/05/22)
- Lecture 27. Decomposition surfaces, guts, windows. (2016/05/16)
- Lecture 28. RFRS for hyperbolic 3-manifolds.

Last Updated 2016-05-22