Department of Mathematics Syllabus

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MAT 248A: Algebraic Geometry
Approved: 2009-05-01, Eric Babson, Motohico Mulase, Brian Osserman


Fall, alternate years; 4 units; lecture/extensive problem solving

Suggested Textbook: (actual textbook varies by instructor; check your instructor)
Algebraic Geometry, Robin Hartshorne, ISBN 978-0-387-90244-9 ($69); Alternate: Basic Algebraic Geometry 1, Shafarevich, ISBN-13: 978-3540548126 ($69)



Course Description:

Affine varieties and radical ideals. Projective varieties. Abstract varieties. Morphisms and rational maps. Smoothness. Algebraic curves and the Riemann-Roch theorem. Special topics.

Suggested Schedule:

Lectures Sections Topics/Comments
1 - 4 I.1 - I.2 Classical affine and projective varieties, including affine varities over arbitrary fields.
5 -12 I.3 - I.4 The Zariski topology, gluing varieties, abstract varieties. Morphisms and rational maps. Smoothness.
13 - 20 IV.1 - IV.6 Divisors and differentials on smooth projective curves, the Riemann-Roch theorem, and applications.
21 - 28 N/A Special topics

Additional Notes:

Possibilities for special topics include: group varieties, elliptic curves, toric varieties, Grassmannians, and real algebraic geometry. Most of these topics, as well as several subtopics above, require supplemental material beyond that in Hartshorne.