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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How are the Tate-Shafarevich group and class group supposed to be cognates?

How can one consider the Tate-Shafarevich group and class group of a field to be analogues? I have heard many authors and even many expository papers saying so, class group as far as I know is ...
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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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Are sets given in parametric form always algebraic?

If a set is given in parametric form by polynomials, is this set always closed (Zariski topology), i.e algebraic? For example, take $X=\{(t,t^{2},t^{3}): t \in \mathbb{A}^{1}\}$ and ...
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How are $Spec \mathbb{Q}, Spec \mathbb{R}, Spec \mathbb{C}$ etc different?

By definition $Spec k$ is a point for any field $k$. So $Spec \mathbb{Q}, Spec \mathbb{R}, Spec \mathbb{C}$ etc are all the same as topological spaces. But according to the natural inclusion map $$ ...
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Algebraic versus topological line bundles

Let $X$ be a CW complex. The (isomorphism classes of) complex line bundles on $X$ are classified by the homotopy classes of maps $X \to \mathbb{CP}^\infty$, that is by the elements of $H^2(X, ...
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Why do we need noetherianness (or something like it) for Serre's criterion for affineness?

Serre's criterion for affineness (Hartshorne III.3.7) states that: Let $X$ be a noetherian scheme. Suppose $H^1(X, \mathcal{F})= 0$ for every quasi-coherent sheaf on $X$. Then $X$ is affine. ...
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Existence of divisors of degree one on a curve over a finite field

Let $C$ be a smooth, geometrically irreducible projective curve defined over a finite field $\mathbb{F}_q$. Given a (scheme-theoretic) point $x \in C$, define the degree of $x$ to be the degree of ...
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Regular local ring and a prime ideal generated by a regular sequence up to radical

Let $R$ be a regular local ring of dimension $n$ and let $P$ be a height $i$ prime ideal of $R$, where $1< i\leq n-1$. Can we find elements $x_1,\dots,x_i$ such that $P$ is the only minimal prime ...
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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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Introduction to the trace formula for people outside number theory

I am looking for references on the trace formula, by which I mean the Selberg trace formula and its successor the Arthur-Selberg trace formula. I am aware that there are "standard references" on the ...
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An inverse limit

Let $k$ be a field. Consider the inverse limit $\varprojlim k[x,y]/(y\cdot x^n)$. I wonder if there is a nice description of this ring? Geometrically, we look at the union of the line $y=0$ ...
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Uniformly solvable families of polynomials

It is a famous theorem that there is no "quintic formula", i.e. there is no formula which expresses the roots of a quintic polynomial $x^5+a_4x^4+\cdots+a_0$ in terms of $a_4,\ldots,a_0$ and rational ...
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Problem in Rick Miranda: finding genus of a projective curve

I have just started learning Riemann surfaces and I am using the book by Rick Miranda: Algebraic curves and Riemann Surfaces. #F in section 1.3 asks to determine the genus of the curve in ...
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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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The bijection between homogeneous prime ideals of $S_f$ and prime ideals of $(S_f)_0$

It is well-known that if $S$ is a graded ring, and $f$ is a homogeneous element of positive degree, then there is a bijection between the homogeneous prime ideals of the localization $S_f$ and the ...
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Are there applications of noncommutative geometry to number theory?

The marriage of algebraic geometry and number theory was celebrated in the twentieth century by the school of Grothendieck. As a consequence, number theory has been completely transformed. On the ...
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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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Class group of $k[x,y,z,w]/(xy-zw)$

I had a homework problem (II.6.5 in Hartshorne) to compute the (Weil divisor) class group of $X=\operatorname{Spec} k[x,y,z,w]/(xy-zw)$. I have accomplished this; however, I used some results I don't ...
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What does the Hodge conjecture mean?

I read from the Internet that according to the Hodge conjecture, a certain harmonic differential form in a projective, non-singular algebraic variety is a rational linear combination of the cohomology ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does Hom commute with stalks for locally free sheaves?

This is somewhat related to the question Why doesn't Hom commute with taking stalks?. My question is this: If $F$ and $G$ are locally free sheaves of $\mathcal{O}_X$ -modules on an arbitrary ...
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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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How to compute localizations of quotients of polynomial rings

At the moment I'm trying to understand the concept of localizations of rings / modules. I have done some exercises (using the book of Atiyah / MacDonald) and I will do some more, but a more practical ...
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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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What is the line bundle $\mathcal{O}_{X}(k)$ intuitively?

I am always confused about how to understand the line bundle $\mathcal{O}_{X}(k)$ on a projective scheme $X=\mathrm{Proj}(\oplus_{n=0}^\infty A_{n})$. Of course this is by definition the ...
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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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Undergraduate roadmap for Langlands program and its geometric counterpart

What are the topics which an undergraduate with knowledge of algebra, galois theory and analysis learn to understand Langlands program and its goemetric counterpart? I would also like to know what are ...
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Motivating (iso)morphism of varieties

I am reading course notes on algebraic geometry, where a morphism of varieties is defined as follows ($k$ is an algebraically closed field): Let $X$ be a quasi-affine or quasi-projective ...
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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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The coarse moduli space of a Deligne-Mumford stack

This question is just a "definition request". Question. What is the "the coarse moduli space" of a Deligne-Mumford stack? I know (the basics of) DM stacks, but how are their moduli spaces ...
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What is a good book to study classical projective geometry for the reader familiar with algebraic geometry?

The more I study algebraic geometry, the more I realize how I should have studied projective geometry in depth before. Not that I don't understand projective space (on the contrary, I am well versed ...
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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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Weil conjectures - motivation?

Can anyone explain (heuristically, intuitively is fine) what the importance of the Weil conjectures is? I realize they have motivated much of recent algebraic geometry. I don't really understand why ...
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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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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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Why can't elliptic curves be parameterized with rational functions?

Background: For our abstract algebra class, we were asked to prove that $\mathbb{Q}(t, \sqrt{t^3 - t})$ is not purely transcendental. It clearly has transcendence degree $1$, so if it is purely ...
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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 ...