Math 643 Algebraic Geometry I, Fall 2017

Welcome to Math 643! This course serves as an introduction to Algebraic Geometry. Algebraic Geometry is a central subject in modern mathematics, with close connections with number theory, combinatorics, representation theory, differential and symplectic geometry. We will study basic properties of projective algebraic varieties such as dimension, degree and singularities. At the same time, we will develop a large body of examples that motivate the study of the subject. Depending on time, we will develop the classical theory of curves and surfaces. This course should be enough preparation for a course on the theory of schemes and cohomology.

Lecturer: Xudong Zheng, xzheng@math.jhu.edu

Office hours: 12:30 - 1:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays in Krieger 313

Venue: Maryland Hall 309, TTh 9:00-10:15

Text book: The three recommended texts for this course are:

Prerequisites: A first year graduate course in algebra: familiarity with commutative rings and modules. We will develop the necessary commutative and homological algebra in the course. Familiarity with differential geometry or topology is helpful, but not required.

Homework: There will be ten homework sets. The homework is due on Thursdays at the beginning of class. Late homework will not be accepted. You may (in fact, you are encouaged to) work on problems together; however, the write-up must be your own and should reflect your own understanding of the problem.

Grading: The grade will be entirely based on the homework.

Additional references: The following is a list of references that are more advanced, but you might wish to consult them for more in depth treatments of the subject.

Course Notes Available on the Web: The following course notes are really nice. One is more basic and the other more advanced, but you might wish to refer to them.

Course materials:
  • Homework 1: [GW] Exercises 1.5, 1.6, 1.9, 1.11, 1.13; due Thursday September 14 ([GW] = Ulrich Görtz and Torsten Wedhorn, Algebraic Geometry, Part I: Schemes. With Examples and Exercises, Springer 2010).
  • Homework 2, due Thursday September 21.
  • Homework 3, due Thursday September 28.
  • Homework 4, due Thursday October 12.
  • Homework 6, due Thursday October 26.
  • Homework 7, due Thursday November 2.
  • Homework 8, due Thursday November 16.
  • Homework 9, due Thursday November 30.
  • Homework 10, due Thursday December 7.