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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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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Zariski dense implies classically dense?

I was surprised that I wasn't able to find this question already posted; if it has been posted and I just didn't find the right search terms, let me know. Let $X$ be any complex variety. A priori, ...
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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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Invariant point (flex) invariant under projective transformations.

Let $C$ be a projective curve in $\mathbb{P}_2$ defined by a homogeneous polynomial $P(x, y, z)$ and let $\alpha$ be a linear transformation of $\mathbb{C}^3$. Let $Q$ be the homogeneous polynomial $Q ...
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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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A “generalized field” with $q$ elements, when $q$ is any number?

It is well-known that if a finite field has $q \in \mathbb{N}$ elements, then $q$ is prime power and $q > 1$. However, various modification of the concept of a "field" have been made in order to ...
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Has anyone seen this combinatorial identity involving the Bernoulli and Stirling numbers?

Does anyone know a nice (combinatorial?) proof and/or reference for the following identity? $$\left( \frac{\alpha}{1 - e^{-\alpha}} \right)^{n+1} \equiv \sum_{j=0}^n \frac{(n-j)!}{n!} |s(n+1, ...
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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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Proof of residue theorem (residue formula) for differential forms on curves over an arbitrary closed field.

I have been reading the book Algebraic Geometric Codes: Basic Notions by Tsfasman, Vladut and Nogin. They give a residue formula like this: Let $\mathbb{k}$ be an algebraically closed field and $X$ ...
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Krylov-like method for solving systems of polynomials?

To iteratively solve large linear systems, many current state-of-the-art methods work by finding approximate solutions in successively larger (Krylov) subspaces. Are there similar iterative methods ...
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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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Applications of Belyi's theorem

Belyi's theorem (1979) is stated as follows: A smooth projective curve over $\mathbb C$ is defined over a number field if and only if there exists a finite morphism (of varieties over $\mathbb ...
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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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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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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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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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Torsion Chern class?

Can somebody give an example of a complex manifold whose first Chern class is a torsion class? In general it seems that Chern classes may have torsion part as well as free part. However when using ...
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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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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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In what sense is $p$-adic Hodge theory related to ordinary (complex) Hodge theory?

I started reading about $p$-adic Hodge theory in the notes of Brinon and Conrad. I quote (page 7): The goal of p-adic Hodge theory is to identify and study various “good” classes of $p$-adic ...
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Geometrical interpretation of $I(X_1\cap X_2)\neq I(X_1)+I(X_2)$, $X_i$ algebraic sets in $\mathbb{A}^n$

Edit: I should point out that I'm working over an algebraically closed field $k$. Let $X_1,X_2\subset\mathbb{A}^n$ be affine algebraic sets. Show that $I(X_1\cap X_2)=\sqrt{I(X_1)+I(X_2)}$. Show ...
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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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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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On the definition of the structure sheaf attached to $Spec A$

Let $A$ be a ring (commutative with $1$),if $X=Spec A$ we want to attach a sheaf of rings to $X$. If $f\in A$, $D(f)=X\setminus V(f)$ is an element of the base and we define $$\mathcal ...
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Gaining insight into the Inverse Image Sheaf

Let $f: X \rightarrow Y$ be a continuous map of topological spaces and let $G$ be a sheaf of sets on $Y$. I am trying to understand the definition of the inverse image sheaf $f^{-1}G$ on $X$. This is ...
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What does $Tor^{R}_n(M,N)$ represent?

Let $R$ be a commutative ring and $M$ and $N$ be $R$-modules (I am not sure if one really needs commutativity in the following). It is well-known that $Ext_{R}^n(M,N)$ for $n>1$ parametrizes ...
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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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How to think of the pullback operation of line bundles?

Recall that give a map $f : (X,\mathcal{O}_X) \to (Y,\mathcal{O}_Y)$ of ringed spaces and a sheaf $\mathcal{F}$ on $Y$ we can form the pullback $f^\ast \mathcal{F} := ...
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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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Explicit Derivation of Weierstrass Normal Form for Cubic Curve

In page 22-23 of Rational Points on Elliptic Curves by Silverman and Tate, authors explain why is it possible to put every cubic curve into Weierstrass Normal Form. Here are relevant pages: (My ...
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Sard's theorem for algebraic varieties

(One version of) Sard's theorem states that: Theorem (Sard): Given $M$ and $N$ smooth manifolds of dimensions $m$ and $n$ respectively, and a smooth map $f:M\to N$, then the set of singular values ...
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Atiyah-MacDonald help with exercise 5.10

This is an exercise from Atiyah-MacDonald, if someone can give an idea on how to prove that $a)\Rightarrow b)$: Let $f:A\rightarrow B$ a ring homomorphism. a) ...
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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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Problem about Complete Intersection in $\textbf P^n$ (from Hartshorne).

I am in trouble with Exercise 8.4 in Hartshorne's Chapter II; I am doing part (a). It is about (global) complete intersection in $\textbf P^n$. For those without Hartshorne' book at hand, I describe ...
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What's the intution behind defining the cotangent sheaf as $\Delta^\ast(\mathscr{I}/\mathscr{I}^2)$?

This definition seems to be given all over the place (e.g. Hartshorne II.8, Vakil 21.2.20, Wikipedia, McKernan's lecture notes from MIT), and never with any explanation as to why the map $\Delta : X ...
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Intuition behind Hilbert's Nullstellensatz

maybe that's a pointless question, however I'm having problems in "understanding" (accepting) the Hilbert's Nullstellensatz. I understand the proof, however I cannot understand the concept in a more ...
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Finite extensions of rational functions

I know that finite extensions of $\mathbb{C}(x)$ correspond to finite branched covers of $\mathbb{P}^1$, and this leads to an abstract characterization of the absolute Galois group of $\mathbb{C}(x)$ ...
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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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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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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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What is the minimum background required to understand moduli of curves?

Recently I've coincidentally run into various relatives of the moduli stack $\mathcal{M}_g$ in several unrelated contexts. I tried reading Harris and Morrison's "Moduli of Curves," but it seems to ...
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Prop. 3.2.15 in Liu: Geometrically reduced algebraic variety

I have a problem with proposition 3.2.15 of Algebraic geometry and arithmetic curves of Qing Liu: Let $X$ be an integral algebraic variety over $k$. If $X$ is geometrically reduced then $K(X)$ is a ...
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Visualizing a Calabi Yau

I would like to understand how I can visualize the quintic threefold $$ z_1^5 + z_2^5 + z_3^5 + z_4^5 +z_5^5 - 5\psi z_1z_2z_3z_4z_5 = 0$$ For a similar problem, Hanson proposes the following: ...
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Arithmetic and geometric genus

There are two notion of genus in algebraic geometry, namely arithmetic genus $p_a=(-1)^{\dim X}(\chi(\mathcal{O}_X)-1)$ and geometric genus $p_g=\dim H^0(X,\Omega^{\dim X})$. I keep forgetting ...