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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Working with Morphisms in Local Coordinates

In light of the holiday, I would like to air a grievance. I have no good way to recoordinatize a morphism of varieties as I move between coordinate neighborhoods. Let me explain what I mean with ...
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Does the Zariski closure of a maximal subgroup remain maximal?

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field and let $G\leq\rm{GL}_n(k)$. Assume that $M<G$ is a maximal subgroup (in the abstract group sense). Denote by $\bar{G}^Z$ the Zariski closure of $G$ in ...
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Irreducible components of topological space

Let $X$ be a topological space. Let $\Sigma$ be the set of irreducible components of $X$. Let $X=\cup_{i\in I} X_i=\cup_{j\in J} Y_j$, $X_i,Y_j\in \Sigma $ for some index set $I,J$. $X_i$'s are ...
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What geometrical obstructions to $M$ being flat do elements which map to 0 in $M \otimes I$ represent?

I'm trying to get geometric intuition for the notion of a flat module over a ring, and am running into some problems with my intuition. I am comfortable with flat modules and tensor products from the ...
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$\mathbb{A}^{2}$ not isomorphic to affine space minus the origin

Why is the affine space $\mathbb{A}^{2}$ not isomorphic to $\mathbb{A}^{2}$ minus the origin?
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Hensel's Lemma and Implicit Function Theorem

In the literature and on the web happened to me several times to read confused or simply cryptic assertions regarding the fact that Hensel's Lemma is the algebraic version of Implicit Function ...
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geometric motivation for negative self-intersection

consider the blow-up of the plane in one point. Let $E$ the exceptional divisor. We know that $(E,E)=-1$. Which is the geometrical reason for which the auto-intersection of $E$ is $-1$? In general ...
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Is a cover Galois if and only if it is geometrically Galois

Let $K$ be a number field and let $\pi:X\to \mathbf{P}^1_K$ be a finite morphism, where $X$ is a smooth projective geometrically connected curve. Is $\pi$ a Galois cover if and only if the base ...
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Best way to learn Algebraic Geometry?

I've been reading the book Commutative Algebra with a view towards Algebraic Geometry. I was wondering is the best way to learn algebraic geometry through commutative algebra? As the book I'm ...
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Topics in Differential geometry $\cap$ Algebraic geometry

I find (both: differential and algebraic) geometry fascinating. I'm just beginning my graduate studies, but I'd like to know some topics/theorems in the intersection of these two (since I don't really ...
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Why is Hodge more difficult than Tate?

There are strong connections between the Hodge and the Tate conjectures, mainly at the level of similarities and analogies. To quote from an answer of Matthew Emerton on MathOverflow: "[...] we ...
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Is tautological bundle $\mathcal{O}(1)$ or $\mathcal{O}(-1)$?

I always confused by whether tautological bundle is $\mathcal{O}(1)$ or $\mathcal{O}(-1)$, and definitions from different sources tangled in my brain. However, I thought this might not be simply a ...
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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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Visualizations of some of the abstractions of algebraic geometry

Where, or do there exist, good visualizations of sheaves, stalks, stacks, and/or schemes? I'm a better visual thinker than I am a symbolic thinker, and it would be easier for me to follow some of the ...
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Conditions such that taking global sections of line bundles commutes with tensor product?

Let us work with projective algebraic varieties over $k= \mathbb{C}$. If necessary we can also assume smoothness of the varieties. Of course it is not in general true that given two line bundles $L, ...
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Software for solving geometry questions

When I used to compete in Olympiad Competitions back in high school, a decent number of the easier geometry questions were solvable by what we called a geometry bash. Basically, you'd label every ...
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History of Algebraic Geometry: Motivation behind definition of schemes

I am trying to read an article by Jean Dieudonne which talks about development of Algebraic Geometry. The article was being published in the journal "Advances in Mathematics" Volume 3, Issue 3, Pages ...
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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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What is a concrete example of why one wants to have a *derived category* in algebraic geometry?

My question asks for a concrete (and hopefully easy) example, why one wants to derive things in algebraic geometry. I heard, that a resolution of an object by free ones behaves much better than the ...
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For a (not necessarily affine) scheme $X = \bigcup_{i=1}^n X_{f_i}$, does $(f_1, \ldots, f_n) = (1)$ in $\mathcal{O}_X(X)$?

This is of course true in the affine case, so it seems like it should be true in general, because $\mathcal{O}_X(X)$ should be "smaller" for a non-affine scheme than for a similar affine scheme (e.g. ...
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Luroth's Theorem

I have just begun to read Shafarevich's Basic Algebraic Geometry. In the first section of the first chapter, he quotes Luroth's theorem, which states that any subfield of $k(x)$ that is not just $k$ ...
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What is a “subscheme”?

Every source I've looked at defines open subschemes and closed subschemes, but the definitions always look ad-hoc and not closely related to one another. Are there other kinds of subschemes? If not, ...
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Preimaging units to units

I'm interested in (unity-preserving) homomorphisms $f: S \to T$ between (commutative, with-unity) rings $S$ and $T$ so that if $f(x)$ is a unit, then $x$ was a unit to start with. For example, an ...
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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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algebraic versus analytic line bundles

If one has a quasiprojective complex variety X, there is a natural map from the algebraic Picard group to the analytic Picard group. Is this map either injective or surjective? I assume the latter ...
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Is there a more elementary proof of this special case of Riemann-Roch?

I'm looking for an elementary proof of the fact that $\ell(nP) = \dim L(nP) = n$, where $L(nP)$ is the linear (Riemann-Roch) space of certain rational functions associated to the divisor $nP$, where ...
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principal G-bundles in zariski vs etale topology

Let $G$ be an (affine) algebraic group over say $\mathbb{C}$. A principal $G$-bundle is a scheme $P$ with a $G$ action and a $G$-invariant morphism of schemes $\pi:P \to X$ that is etale locally on ...
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Monic (epi) natural transformations

Let $C$ and $D$ be categories and let $F : C \rightarrow D$, $G : C \rightarrow D$ be two functors such that they are either both covariant or both contravariant. Under what most general hypotheses is ...
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Folium of Descartes

A colleague came to me with an interesting observation: Consider the folium of Descartes, $$x^3+y^3=3axy$$ which upon implicit differentiation of the latter yields $$\frac{\mathrm dy}{\mathrm ...
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vector bundles on affine schemes

Serre's theorem (one of them) states that for a quasi-coherent sheaf $\mathscr F$ on an affine noetherian scheme $H^i(X,\mathscr{F})$ vanish for $i >0$. I used to think that this would imply that ...
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Inverse Limit of Sheaves

It is well-known that if you have an inverse system of abelian groups $(A_n)$ (this works in several other nice categories) in which all the maps are surjective (or at least satisfy the Mittag-Leffler ...
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Is the composition of blowing-up a blowing-up?

Is the composition of blowing-up of algebraic varieties itself a blowing-up ? I think this is true but I am surprised not to have found any reference, though it seems to be an interesting property. ...
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Do the pictures in Hartshorne Ex. 1.5.1 make sense?

I have done exercise 1 of section 1.5 of Hartshorne and am able to determine that the curves (a),(b),(c) and (d) are respectively those with a tacnode, node, cusp and triple point. Now when I did this ...
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Is every algebraic curve birational to a planar curve

Let $X$ be an algebraic curve over an algebraically closed field $k$. Does there exist a polynomial $f\in k[x,y]$ such that $X$ is birational to the curve $\{f(x,y)=0\}$? I think I can prove this ...
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Is a divisor in the hyperplane class necessarily a hyperplane divisor?

Let $V$ be a smooth irreducible projective curve over an algebraically closed field $k$, embedded in some projective space $\mathbb{P}^n$, and let $[H]$ be the induced hyperplane divisor class on $V$. ...
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A plane algebraic curve with all four kinds of double points

During my study of plane algebraic curves, I got curious if there is a nontrivial example of a plane algebraic curve that has a node, a cusp (for my purposes I do not care which of the two kinds of ...
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Proof $\mathbb{A}^n$ is irreducible, without Nullstellensatz

As the title suggests, could anyone either provide me with or direct me to a proof that affine n-space $\mathbb{A}^n$ is irreducible, without using the Nullstellensatz? This is an exercise in a ...
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In what senses are archimedean places infinite?

According to Bjorn Poonen's notes here (§2.6), we should add the archimedean places of a number field $K$ to $\operatorname{Spec} \mathscr{O}_K$ in order to get a good analogy with smooth projective ...
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Spectrum of $R[x]$

The spectrum of $\Bbb Z[x]$ is well known : a prime ideal of $\Bbb Z[x]$ is or $(Q, p)$, with $Q \in \Bbb Z[x]$ zero or irreducible modulo $p$, and $p$ prime or zero. If I'm not mistaken, we have a ...
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Direct way to show: $\operatorname{Spec}(A)$ is $T_1$ $\Rightarrow$ $\operatorname{Spec}(A)$ is Hausdorff

In the book of Atiyah and MacDonald, I was doing exercise 3.11. One has to show that for a ring $A$, the following are equivalent: $A/\mathfrak{N}$ is absolute flat, where $\mathfrak{N}$ is the ...
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Good books/expository papers in moduli theory

I have been studying mathematics for 4 years and I know schemes (I studied chapters II, III and IV of Hartshorne). I would like to learn some moduli theory, especially moduli of curves. I began ...
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Tensor product of domains is a domain

I'm reading Milne's Algebraic Geometry course notes, version 5.22, as a companion to an algebraic geometry course I'm taking now. Proposition 4.15 states: Let $A$ and $B$ be $k$-algebras, which are ...
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Is $\operatorname{Gal}(\mathbb{Q}_p^{un})\cong \hat{\mathbb{Z}}$?

Is the absolute Galois group of $\mathbb{Q}_p^{un}$ the profinite completion of $\mathbb{Z}$? I was never quite sure... In similar cases, it is true. Namely, $\mathbb{C}((t))$ does have absolute ...
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One-to-one correspondence of ideals in the quotient also extends to prime ideals?

I'm beginning to learn some grothendieck's algebraic geometry and I have a doubt about a property of commutative algebra. For a comm. ring $A$ and an ideal $I$ of $A$, does the one-to-one ...
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Product of two algebraic varieties is affine… are the two varieties affine?

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ two algebraic varieties such that their product $X_1\times X_2$ is affine. Are $X_1$ and $X_2$ affine then? If this is not true, could you give a counterexample?
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About the definition of Cech Cohomology

Let $X$ be a topological space with and open cover $\{U_i\}$ and let $\mathcal F$ be a sheaf of abelian groups on $X$. A $n$-cochain is a section $f_{i_0,\ldots,i_n}\in U_{i_0,\ldots,i_n}:= ...
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Tate's Thesis: in what sense is Tate's Theorem 4.2.1 the Riemann-Roch theorem for curves?

I am reading Tate's Thesis. Tate derives a theorem which he calls "the number-theoretic analogue of the Riemann-Roch theorem" from an abstract Poisson summation formula. I am accustomed to thinking of ...
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Why does Mumford want to avoid “reduction to Jacobians”?

In the introduction to his Abelian Varieties book, David Mumford writes: I don't believe the word "Jacobian" is ever used in this book. Rather stubbornly I wanted to prove that the theory of ...
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Variety of Nilpotent Matrices

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field and view $M_n(k)$ as $\mathbb{A}^{n^2}$. $A\in M_n(k)$ is nilpotent if and only if $A^n=0$. Since the equation $A^n=0$ is given by $n^2$ polynomial ...
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Hartshorne exercise III.6.2 (b) - $\mathfrak{Qco}(X)$ need not have enough projectives

Let $X=\mathbb P^1_k$, with $k$ an infinite field. Show that there does not exist a projective object $\mathcal P$ either in $\mathfrak{Qco}(X)$ or $\mathfrak{Coh}(X)$ together with a surjection ...