My topology students move into knot theory

So, here's the plan for my 10th grade topology students.

Today, we'll abandon algebraic topology completely, and instead go into knot theory. I'll want to discuss what we mean by a knot (embedding of [tex]S^1[/tex] in [tex]S^3[/tex]), what we mean by a knot deformation (thus introducing isotopies while we're at it) and the Reidemeister moves. Also we'll discuss knot invariants - and their use analogous to topological invariants.

Later on, we'll continue with other invariants; definitely including the Jones polynomial, and possibly even covering Khovanov homology. One possible end report would be to explain a bunch of knot invariants and show using examples how these have different coarseness.

Edited to add: I got myself some damn smart students. They figured out the Reidemeister moves on their own - as well as minimal crossing number in a projection being highly relevant - with basically no prompting from me. I'm impressed.

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