An algebraic curve is an algebraic variety of dimension one. An affine algebraic curve can be described as the zero-locus of $n-1$ independent polynomials of $n$ variables in affine $n$-space over a field. Examples include conic sections, compact Riemann surfaces and elliptic curves. Singularities ...

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intuitive explantions for the concepts of divisor and genus

when trying to explain AG-codes to computer scientists, the major points of contention i am faced with are the concepts of divisors, Riemann-Roch space and the genus of a function field. are there any ...
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Set that is not algebraic

I'd like some hints for the problem: Show that the following set is not algebraic: $ \{ (\cos(t),\sin(t),t) \in \mathbb{A}^3 : t \in \mathbb{R} \} $ thanks.
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A problem of irreducibility

Consider the cone in $\mathbb{C}^3$ over the curve $\{y^2-x^2-x^3=0\}\subset\mathbb{C}^2$. Show that $g=zy^2-zx^2-x^3$ with $g = 0$ giving the cone, is irreducible in $\mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{C}^3,~0}$, ...
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What is a local parameter in algebraic geometry?

Shafarevich offers the following theorem-definition: "At any nonsingular point $P$ of an irreducible algebraic curve, there exists a regular function $t$ that vanishes at $P$ and such that every ...
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Can there be a point on a Riemann surface such that every rational function is ramified at this point?

Let $X$ be a compact connected Riemann surface, and let $S\subset X$ be a finite subset. Does there exist a morphism $f:X\to \mathbf{P}^1(\mathbf{C})$ which is unramified at the points of $S$? I'm ...
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For $(x+\sqrt{x^2+3})(y+\sqrt{y^2+3})=3$, compute $x+y$ .

If $(x+\sqrt{x^2+3})(y+\sqrt{y^2+3})=3$, compute $x+y$.
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Computing the monodromy for a cover of the Riemann sphere (and Puiseux expansions)

Given an irreducible polynomial $P(X,Y) \in \mathbb{C}[X,Y]$, one obtains by analytic continuation a Riemann surface $M$ with a branched covering $f \colon M \to \mathbb{P}^1_{/\mathbb{C}}$, ...
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equation of a curve given 3 points and additional (constant) requirements

Given 3 pairs of coordinates, $x_1, y_1, x_2, y_2, x_3, y_3$, I need a function $y(x)$ that will return the $y$ coordinate of any $x$ coordinate between $x_1$ and $x_3$ (it can be assumed that $x_1 ...
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Irreducible components of the variety $V(X^2+Y^2-1,X^2-Z^2-1)\subset \mathbb{C}^3.$

I want to find the irreducible components of the variety $V(X^2+Y^2-1, \ X^2-Z^2-1)\subset \mathbb{C}^3$ but I am completely stuck on how to do this. I have some useful results that can help me ...
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What is the best way to see that the dimension of the moduli space of curves of genus $g>1$ is $3g-3$?

This fact was apparently known to Riemann. How did Riemann think about this?
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A problem about the twisted cubic

I have some difficulty with the following problem: Let $f : k → k^3$ be the map which associates $(t, t^2, t^3)$ to $t$ and let $C$ be the image of $f$ (the twisted cubic). Show that $C$ is an ...
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Duality in algebraic de Rham cohomology

I am trying to prove that the following is a short exact sequence $$ 0 \rightarrow H^0(X,\Omega_X) \rightarrow H^1_{\text {dR}}(X/k) \rightarrow H^1(X,\mathcal O_X) \rightarrow 0, $$ where $k$ is an ...
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Tangent sheaf of a (specific) nodal curve

Given a nodal (= reduced, connected, projective, having only ordinary double points as singularities) curve $C$ consisting of 5 $\mathbb P^1$ labeled $C_0, D_1, D_2, D_3, D_4$ such that $D_i$ ...
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Equations for double etale covers of the hyperelliptic curve $y^2 = x^5+1$

Let $X$ be the (smooth projective model) of the hyperelliptic curve $y^2=x^5+1$ over $\mathbf C$. Can we "easily" write down equations for all double unramified covers of $X$? Topologically, these ...
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Basis for the Riemann-Roch space $L(kP)$ on a curve

Let $C$ be a smooth algebraic plane complex curve of degree $d$ defined as the zero locus of a homogeneous polynomial $F$. Let $P\in C$. For a positive integer $k$ consider the divisor $$D=kP$$ ...
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Computing Riemann surfaces of a given algebraic function

I've never seen written in a book a way or an algorithm for computing Riemann surfaces of a given algebraic function. I would like to know how to construct such Riemann surface using intuitive cutting ...
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what is genus of complete intersection for: $F_1 = x_0 x_3 - x_1 x_2 , F_2 = x_0^2 + x_1^2 + x_2^2 + x_3^2$

In the below problem I want to answer second part: Show that the curve in $\mathbb{P}^3$ defined by the two equations $x_0 x_3 = x_1 x_2$ and $x_0^2 + x_1^2 + x_2^2 + x_3^2 = 0$ is a smooth complete ...
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$V(f)$ is irreducible iff $f=g^k$, $g$ irreducible

I'm trying to prove this theorem $V(f)$ is irreducible iff $f=g^k$, $g$ irreducible. To prove the converse, we have $V(f)=V(g^k)=V(g)$, since $g$ is irreducible $V(g)$ is irreducible, then ...
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explict form of the equation of elliptic curve

Let $E(\mathbb{F}_{q^2})$ is elliptic curve with #$E(\mathbb{F}_{q^2}) =q^2 + q + 1$. Can we write equation of this curve in the explicit form?
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Normal curve after base change (p > 0)

Suppose that $C$ is a normal projective curve over some base field $k$, possibly of positive characteristic. I am wondering to what extent one can modify the base field $k$ while not braking the ...
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Valuation rings and total order

Let $K$ be a field and $\mathcal{O}$ be a valuation ring of $K$ (So $\mathcal{O}\subset K$ is an integral domain with the property that either $x$ or $x^{-1}$ is in $\mathcal{O}$ for all $x\in K$). ...
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$Im(\phi)$ is closed subset of $\mathbb{A}^2$

let $\alpha(t)$ and $\beta(t)$ $\in$ $K[t]$ , $\phi(t)=(\alpha(t),\beta(t))$ is a morphism from $\mathbb{A}^1$ to $\mathbb{A}^2$ show that $Im(\phi)$ is closed subset of $\mathbb{A}^2$. it seems ...
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Pole set of rational function on $V(WZ-XY)$

Let $V = V(WZ - XY)\subset \mathbb{A}(k)^4$ (k is algebraically closed). This is an irreducible algebraic set so the coordinate ring is an integral domain which allows us to form a field of fractions, ...
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writing down the minimal discriminant of an elliptic curve

Let $j$ be an integer. Does there exist an elliptic curve $E_j$ over $\mathbf{Q}$ with $j$-invariant equal to $j$ whose minimal discriminant we can write down in a practical way? For example, can ...
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Homogenous polynomials

In section 3.1 (3rd paragraph on page 4) in this paper, I cannot understand why $Q$ and $R$ are homogeneous: (Given $A$, $B$ are homogenous. Capital letters denote homogenous polynmials.)
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Is the intersection of the diagonal with a graph always transverse in characteristic zero

Let X be a projective smooth connected curve over $\mathbf{C}$. Let $f:X\to X$ be a non-constant morphism. Is the intersection of the diagonal $\Delta_X$ and the graph $\Gamma_f$ on $X\times X$ ...
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Transforming a Continuous Function

My math is quite limited so please bear with me. I will get to the point: Is there a way to transform a continuous function into a bounded one? In essence I have a normalized Gaussian distribution ...
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Representing a curve as a plane curve in different ways

Let $X$ be a (smooth projective geometrically connected) curve over $k$, where $k$ is a field of characteristic zero. We assume $X$ has genus at least $2$. I know that $X$ has a plane model. More ...