Spring 2020  MATH 441 D100
Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry (3)
Class Number: 3740
Delivery Method: In Person
Overview

Course Times + Location:
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5018, BurnabyTh 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby 
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 21, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
RCB 8100, Burnaby

Instructor:
Nathan Ilten
nilten@sfu.ca
1 778 7829887

Prerequisites:
MATH 340.
Description
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:
A study of ideals and varieties. Topics include affine varieties, ideals, Groebner bases, the Hilbert basis theorem, resultants and elimination, Hilbert's Nullstellensatz. irreducible varieties and prime ideals, decomposition of varieties, polynomial mappings, quotient rings, projective space and projective varieties. Students who have taken this course as MATH 439 Special Topics may not complete this course for further credit.
COURSE DETAILS:
COURSE DETAILS:
An introduction to the objects of commutative algebra and algebraic geometry: polynomial rings, varieties (solutions of systems of polynomial equations), ideals, Groebner bases, and quotient rings. This is a generalization of the theory of linear systems and linear algebra to treat systems of nonlinear polynomial equations. It leads to beautiful interplay between algebra and geometry.
Topics covered will include: polynomials, ideals and varieties, term orders, the division algorithm, Groebner bases and the Hilbert basis theorem, elimination theory, Hilbert's Nullstellensatz, irreducible varieties, projective space, Bezout's theorem
Grading
 Assignments (510 questions each week; two lowest scores eliminated) 15%
 Takehome Midterm 25%
 Final Exam 60%
Materials
REQUIRED READING:
Ideals, Varieties, and Algorithms: An Introduction to Computational Algebraic Geometry and Commutative Algebra
David A. Cox, John Little, Donal O’Shea
Springer, 4th Edition
Also available as an ebook from Springer, which can be found here:
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F9783319167213
ISBN: 9783319167206
RECOMMENDED READING:
Introduction to Algebraic Geometry
Brendan Hassett
Cambridge University Press
2007 ISBN: 9780521691413
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