MATH 378
Algebraic Geometry Fall 2014
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
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Algebraic Geometry has been at the heart of mathematics for at least two hundred years. While starting with a humble study of circles, it has influenced a tremendous amount of modern mathematics, ranging from number theory to robotics. Algebraic Geometry uses tools from almost all areas of mathematics; key for this course will be abstract algebra and multivariable calculus. We will study conics, cubics (books are written about the geometry of cubics; the depth of ideas involved with these curves is amazing) and higher degree curves. In particular, we will study Bezout’s Theorem and Riemann-Roch for curves. Simultaneously with learning about curves, we will also cover the more abstract ideas behind affine and projective varieties. Emphasis will be placed on both “big picture” concepts and the underlying technical details.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1529
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on homework, possibly exams, and presentations during tutorial meetings
Extra Info 2: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the gaudino option
Prerequisites: MATH 312 or 355 or 315
Enrollment Preferences: instructor decision
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

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