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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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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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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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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What is the Albanese map good for?

I am reading a textbook on complex manifolds and come across the Albanese map. For a compact Kähler manifold $X$, $$ T=H^0(X,\Omega_{X}^1)^*/H_1(M,\mathbb{Z}) $$ is a complex torus, called the ...
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Lüroth's Theorem

I have just begun to read Shafarevich's Basic Algebraic Geometry. In the first section of the first chapter, he quotes Lüroth's theorem, which states that any subfield of $k(x)$ that is not just $k$ ...
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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} := f^{-1}\mathcal{F}\otimes_{f^{-1}\...
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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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2-Torsion Group Scheme

Consider the elliptic curve $zy^2 + z^2y = x^3.$ I would like to explictly compute the 2-torsion group scheme, $E[2],$ over $\mathbf{Spec}(\mathbb{Z}_2),$ but I'm having a tough time writing down the (...
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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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When can stalks be glued to recover a sheaf?

Let $\mathcal{F}$ be a sheaf over some topological space. The stalks are $\mathcal{F}_x= \underset{{x\in U}}{ \underrightarrow{\lim}} \mathcal{F}(U)$. Is there a special name for a sheaf that ...
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$\mathbb A^n(k)$ and $\mathbb A^n(k)\setminus \{0\}$ are not homeomorphic

Let $k$ be an algebraic closed field. Why $\mathbb A^n(k)$ and $\mathbb A^n(k)\setminus\{0\}$ (for $n>1$) are not homeomorphic with respect to the Zariski topology?
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Variety of pairs of product-zero matrices

Here's an old qualifying exam question I got stuck on. Consider the variety $X$ of pairs of matrices $(A,B)$ satisfying $AB = BA = 0$ (with entries in some field). What are the irreducible components ...
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Can the number of solutions $xy(x-y-1)=n$ for $x,y,n \in Z$ be unbounded as n varies?

Can the number of solutions $xy(x-y-1)=n$ for $x,y,n \in Z$ be unbounded as n varies? x,y are integral points on an Elliptic Curve and are easy to find using enumeration of divisors of n (assuming n ...
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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 ...
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(Weil divisors : Cartier divisors) = (p-Cycles : ? )

Suppose $X$ verifies the suitable conditions in which Weil (resp. Cartier) divisors make sense. The group of Weil divisors $\mathrm{Div}(X)$ on a scheme $X$ is the free abelian group generated by ...
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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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Why is there no polynomial parametrization for the circle?

How does one show that the unit circle admits no polynomial parametrization? What is needed for this, are there general criteria? Thanks
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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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Question on sheafification of a presheaf

In chapter 2 of GTM 52 by Robin Hartshone there are definition of presheaf and the associated sheaf of a given presheaf. I found that the definition of the sheafification is rather less natural and ...
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Good problems in Algebraic Geometry

I am now using Fulton's book Algebraic Curves to learn algebraic geometry from and have just finished chapter 2. However I feel that the problems are not very inspiring (at the moment at least) and ...
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Dominant rational maps

The University I go to doesn't have any courses in (classical) Algebraic Geometry so I am trying to learn myself. I am fairly comfortable with the content I have covered so far aside from a so called "...
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Why are affine varieties except points not compact in the standard topology on $C^n$ ?

I am starting to learn algebraic geometry and in the notes I am reading there is the following remark: " Over the complex numbers and with the strong topology we see that $A^n$ and affine varieties (...
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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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Geometric meaning of primary decomposition

In the book "Commutative Algebra with a view toward Algebraic Geometry of David Eisenbud, he wrote about the Geometric interpretation of primary decomposition. I summary as follows : Let $I=\cap_{j}...
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Curve in $\mathbb{A}^3$ that cannot be defined by 2 equations

According to a problem in Shafarevich 1.6, every curve in $\mathbb{A}^3$ can be cut out by 3 equations. Can someone give me an example of a curve in $\mathbb{A}^3$ that is not cut out by 2 equations?...
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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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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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The Picard Group of the Affine line with double origin

Let $X$ be the affine line with double origin over a field $k$. It is the scheme obtained gluing two copies of the affine line $\mathbb{A}^1_k$ along the open sets $U_1 = U_2 =\mathbb{A}^1_k - (x)$, ...
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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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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 $W=\{(t^{3},t^{4},...
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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, \mathbb{...
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What's the “real” reason a finite map has finite fibers?

This is a soft question. I have encountered two very different proofs of what seems like "basically the same theorem," and I want to understand how they relate and "what the real explanation is." ...
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Show the set of points $(t^3, t^4, t^5)$ is closed in $\mathbb A^{3}$

Show the set of points $X = \{(t^3, t^4, t^5) \}$ with $t\in k$ is closed in $\mathbb A^{3}$ and find three generators of $\mathcal{I}(X)$. This is a homework question, so please don't provide full ...
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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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Spectrum of $\mathbb{Z}^\mathbb{N}$

Is anything known about the spectrum of $\mathbb{Z}^{\mathbb{N}}$? Notice that the fiber of $\mathrm{Spec}(\mathbb{Z}^{\mathbb{N}}) \to \mathrm{Spec}(\mathbb{Z})$ at a non-zero prime ideal $(p)$ is ...
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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 O_X(D(f)):=A_f$...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do we construct an associated bundle $V_{n, q}(\omega)$ over $B$ with typical fiber $V_{n - q}(F)$?

Let $V_{n - q}(\mathbb{C}^n)$ denote the complex Stiefel manifold consisting of all complex $(n - q)$-frames in $\mathbb{C}^n$, where $0 \le q < n$. This manifold is $2q$-connected, and$$\pi_{2q + ...
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Geometric meaning of completion and localization

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with unit, $I$ an ideal of $R$ and consider the following three constructions. The localization $R_I$ of $R$ at $I$ (i.e. the localization of $R$ at the multiplicative ...
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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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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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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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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 $\mathbb{P}^...