The study of geometric objects defined by polynomial equations, as well as their generalizations: algebraic curves, such as elliptic curves, and more generally algebraic varieties, schemes, etc. Problems under this tag typically involve techniques of abstract algebra or complex-analytic methods. ...

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An exact sequence of Chow groups

Let $X$ be a closed subscheme of $\mathbb{P}^n$, with canonical line bundle $O(1)$,let $V\subset \mathbb{A}^{n+1}$ be the affine cone over $X$. How to show there is an exact sequence ...
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Is taking projective closure a functor?

For an affine variety $X\subset \mathbb{A}^n$, we can associate it with $\overline{X}$, which is the closure of $X$ in $\mathbb{P}^n$. Does $\overline{X}$ depend on the choice of embedding ...
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Disk in analytic topology vs. the spectrum of a Henselian DVR in etale topology

In this informative and concise set of notes on vanishing cycles by Donu Arapura, it is stated that the theory of vanishing cycles ports nicely to the etale world if the role of the disk is replaced ...
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Attempt at understanding Weierstrass points

I'm reading through Springer - Riemann surfaces and Farkas and Kra - Riemann surfaces and theta functions. I'm attempting to get an understanding of Weierstrass points. I've come up with a (hopefully) ...
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Smooth Fano Polytopes and Hypersurfaces

This is a rather extended question, so I will try to make it as compact and readable as possible. I am trying to practice with the Macaulay2 software, in particular the polyhedra and ...
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K-theory of projective space

Is there any way to prove that the twisting sheaves $\mathcal{O}(K)$ generate the algebraic K-theory of projective space without actually using any K-theory machinery (e.g. Bott periodicity)? Like for ...
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Tensor product of $\mathscr{O}_X$-modules which results in a presheaf.

Background: Over a locally ringed space $X$, if we define the tensor product of two $\mathscr{O}_X$-modules $\mathscr{F}$ and $\scr{G}$ naively as $U \mapsto \mathscr{F}(U) \otimes \mathscr{G}(U)$, we ...
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generalized principal open set

Let $V$ an affine variety. A principal open set is a set of the form $V(f) = V \setminus\{f=0\} $. A well known theorem states that all such sets are affine varieties, and moreover (Shafarevich, p.50) ...
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Geometric interpretation of cubic curve?

Lines and conics have clear geometric meanings that are coordinate-free, but cubics seem to rely entirely on cubic equations and coordinate systems. Are there ways to define cubic curves without cubic ...
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Do analytic functions on open subsets of $\mathbb{C}$ with an analytic square root form a sheaf? [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn algebraic geometry and am trying to think about what kinds of things are presheafs but not sheafs. One exercise I had was to show that bounded holomorphic functions on open ...
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Hypercube and Hyperspheres

Let $n,k\in\mathbb{N}$. In this problem, the geometry of $\mathbb{R}^n$ is the usual Euclidean geometry. The lattice hypercube $ Q(n,k)$ is defined to be the set $ \{1,2,...,k\}^n ...
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What is a good lex order to compute the Groebner basis of this ideal?

This comes from chapter 6 of Ideals, Varieties and Algorithms by Cox et al. The equations are from a planar robot with three joints and one prismatic joint. See the following picture: Given a ...
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When is the Zariski closure of subset connected [on hold]

Let $R$ be a commutative ring and $\{P_i\}_{i\in I}$ be an arbitrary subset of $Spec(R)$ such that $\dfrac{R}{\bigcap_\limits{i\in I}{P_i}}$ is an indecomposable ring, how can we show that the ...
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Function Field of Variety and Scheme

Let $V\subseteq \mathbb{A}^n_k$ be a closed irreducible algebraic set ("affine variety") over a closed field $k$. Construct the topological space $X$ consisting of all closed irreducible subsets of ...
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Why does isomorphism follow from the natural bijection of Hom sets

If X and Y are varieties, and Y is affine, there is a natural bijective mapping of sets $$\operatorname{Hom}(X,Y)\xrightarrow{\sim}\operatorname{Hom}(A(Y),\mathscr O(X))$$ where the left are ...
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infinite-order elements of $Out(\widehat{F_2})$

Let $\widehat{F_2}$ be the pro-$\ell$ completion of the free group of rank 2, where $\ell$ is some prime. Every outer automorphism of $F_2$ induces an outer automorphism of $\widehat{F_2}$, hence an ...
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“Affine Variety” versus “Variety”

In Mumford's Red Book, a distinction seems to be made between the terms affine variety and variety. The term variety seems to be defined by something called the Hausdorff. I was wondering if anyone ...
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Calabi-Yau Toric Varieties

This is a rather naive question, but, from what I understand, we begin with a some reflexive polytope $P$. From the basic theory of toric varieties, we can construct a toric variety corresponding to ...
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Simple example of the use of sheaves

What would be (one of) the simplest example of a mathematical result which is solved using the concept of sheaves?
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Hasse-Weil zeta function of projective hypersurfaces

Assume $f$ is a homogeneous integer polynomial in $n\geq 3$ variables such that the hypersurface $f=0$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}$ (but not necessarily over $\overline{\mathbb{Q}}$ so for example ...
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Identifying two points on an algebraic curve

Given a smooth algebraic curve $C$, say projective over an algebraically closed field $k$, is it always possible to identify two distinct closed points $x, y$ on $C$ to produce a curve with a single ...
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Triviality of a vector bundle is an open condition

Is the following statement true (and if not, are there additional assumptions that make it true?) A vector bundle on a variety which is trivial if restricted to a closed subvariety is trivial on ...
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Difference between $K$-rational points and $K$-valued points

I am not entirely sure if there is a difference between $K$-rational points on a scheme $X$ over $k$ and $K$-valued points on $X$. Both seem to refer to a $k$-morphism Spec $K \to X$ but the ...
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Sampling points uniformly from arbitrary region. [on hold]

What are some techniques for sampling points uniformly from a semi-algebraic set?
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A question about current and Dirac measure

$0$ can be seen as a divisor of $\mathbb{C}$, and the current $[0]$ is defined as $[0](\varphi)=\varphi(0)$. Why is this reasonable?
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Determining the fourth vertex of a parallelogram knowing that its the point of intersection of two circles

This question was part of the exercises in one of the courses i'm taking. The answer was already provided. The first circle was assumed to have as its center, vector $v_1$, while its radius was the ...
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Representation-theoretical reasons for positivity of product of two Schubert polynomials?

In the Wikipedia article on Schubert polynomials there is a claim that there are representation-theoretical reasons for the product of two Schubert polynomials to have nonnegative coefficients when ...
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How does one find the Zariski closure of a set?

I've started to learn algebraic geometry this week (so I do not have much knowledge in the subjet) and, after reading the definition of the Zariski closure $V(I(S))$ of a set $S$, I've tried to do the ...
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Third point of intersection is also a point of inflection?

Let $C \subset \mathbb{P}_2$ be a nonsingular cubic. If $L$ is a line through two distinct points of inflection on $C$, how do I show that the third point of intersection is also a point of ...
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injective morphism between line bundles on curves

Let $X$ be a smooth projective, irreducible, curve, $\mathcal{L}$ be an invertible sheaf on $X$ and $\mathcal{L}' \subset \mathcal{L}$, an invertible subsheaf. Is $\deg(\mathcal{L}') \le ...
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Self-intersection number of fibered surface

Let $R$ be a complete discrete valuation ring with residue field $k$ (can assume algebraically closed), $f:X \to \mathrm{Spec}(R)$ a flat, proper family of projective curves (i.e., $f$ is also ...
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finite subgroups of O(3,1) [closed]

What are the finite subgroups of $O(3,1)$ or $O(p,q)$ more generally? Apparently "this question body does not meet our quality standards."
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Weil: Fibre Spaces in Algebraic Geometry

I have spent a decent amount of time searching for the notes for Weil's Fibre Spaces in Algebraic Geometry, written by A. Wallace, both in print and online. Does anyone have a file of it they'd be ...
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What is the equation describing a three dimensional, 14 point Star?

I need to model a 14 point star. This is a three dimensional surface where there is a point at each of the eight corners of a cube and each of the six sides. The object is uniform (i.e. planar ...
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Question about Poincare series

Let $R=\mathbb Q[x,y]_{(x,y)}$ and $I=(x^{10},x^8y,xy^4,y^5)$. Then how can we calculate the Poincare series of $I$ by Macaulay 2?
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Properties of a scheme with a closed morphism to a normal crossing divisor

All schemes here are noetherian, separated and of finite type over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $D=V_+(xy)\subset \mathbb{P}^2=Proj(\mathbb{C}[x,y,z])$ be the normal crossing divisor comming from the coordiante ...
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Is the cuspidal curve $\mathcal{M}$ is a coarse moduli space for lines in $\mathbb{C}^2$?

As the question suggests, is the cuspidal curve $\mathcal{M}$ a coarse moduli space for lines in $\mathbb{C}^2$? I'm inclined to believe the answer is no, but all attempts at proving it so far have ...
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What is the degree of the pull back of a line bundle?

Let $X=\mathbb{P}^2$, and let $(y_1,y_2,y_3)$ be homogeneous coordinates on $X$. Consider a map $\phi:\mathbb{P}^1\longrightarrow X$, given by $\phi(x_1,x_2)=(x_1^2,x_1x_2,x_2^2)$, where $(x_1,x_2)$ ...
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Colimits and tensor product ground rings

Is it true that $\varinjlim (M \otimes_{A_i} N) = M \otimes_A N$ where $A = \varinjlim A_i$ and $M$ and $N$ are $A$-modules? Take maps $f : A_j \rightarrow A_k$ and $m : M \otimes_{A_j} N \rightarrow ...
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Complete intersection curve

I have two very basic questions/clarifications. Let $X=\mathbb{P}^n_k$, and let $Y$ be a subvariety of $\mathbb{P}^n_k$ of dimension $m$. Then we say that $V$ is a complete intersection variety if ...
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For which varieties is the natural map from the Chow ring to integral cohomology an injection?

For a smooth projective complex variety $X$ over $\mathbb{C}$, there is a natural map from its Chow ring $\mathbb{A}^*(X)$ into even integral cohomology $H^{2*}(X)$ of its (often implicitly ...
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If $W$ admits an injection of $k$-algebras in its coordinate ring, then $W$ is an unirational variety

I'm studying algebraic geometry from "Introduction to algebraic geometry" by Hassett, and I did not understand a step in his proof of the following result (page 52): "If $W$ is an affine variety ...
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Equation of the hyperplane that passes through points on the different axes

We work over $\mathbb{R}^N$. I have a set of points, each of which is on a different axis. For instance, when $N=3$ the set is given by $S=\{ (p_1,0,0);(0,p_2,0);(0,0,p_3) \}$, where $p_1$, $p_2$, and ...
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Affine varieties over finite fields

I read in this paper (http://www.math.iitb.ac.in/~srg/preprints/Chandigarh.pdf) that the following set is an affine variety: $V_f=\{(t_0,...,t_N)\in \mathbb{F}_p^{N+1} : f(t_0,...,t_N)=0 \}$ where ...
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$R^kp_{2,*} (p_1^* V\otimes P) =0$ for $k\neq g$ and $V$ is $\pi_*$ acyclic on abelian schemes?

Let $\pi: A\rightarrow S$ be an abelian scheme of relative dimension $g$, and $A^\vee$ its dual, and $P$ the Poincare bundle. We have the projections $p_1,p_2$ from $A\times A^\vee$ to $A$ and ...
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Stalks of the sheaf of total quotient rings

Let $X$ be a scheme, for each $U$ open in $X$, let $S(U)$ be the set consisting of elements of $O_X(U)$ whose image in $O_{X,p}$ is a non-zerodivisor for every $p\in U$. In particular, if $U = ...
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Hartshorne's proof of the exact sequence $\mathbb{Z} \to \operatorname{Cl} X \to \operatorname{Cl} U \to 0$

Hartshorne, Algebraic Geometry, Proposition II.6.5 reads (in part): Let $X$ satisfy (*), let $Z$ be a proper closed subset of $X$, and let $U = X \setminus Z$. Then: [...] (c) if $Z$ is ...
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A non-singular quotient of $\mathbb{A}^n$ by a cyclic group is isomorphic to $\mathbb{A}^n$

Let $G$ be a cyclic group acting linearly on $X := \mathbb{A}^n$. If we assume that the quotient $Y:=X/G$ is non-singular, does it follow that $Y \simeq \mathbb{A}^n$? If so, is it necessary to assume ...
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Remark 4.23.4 in Hartshorne.

Remark 4.23.4 in Hartshorne references a paper by Elkies that explains that$$\mathfrak{B} = \{p \text{ prime}: X_{(p)} \text{ is nonsingular over }k_{(p)}, \text{ and }X_{(p)}\text{ has Hasse ...
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How to prove these claims about ideal sheaves?

The following claims come from the proof of Proposition 3.10 (Page 66) of D.Huybrechts' Fourier-Mukai Transforms in Algebraic Geometry. Since I couldn't find these results in Hartshorne's Algebraic ...