Questions about commutative rings, their ideals, and their modules.

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A short proof for $\dim(R[T])=\dim(R)+1$?

If $R$ is a commutative ring, it is easy to prove $\dim(R[T]) \geq \dim(R)+1$. For noetherian $R$, we have equality. Every proof I'm aware of uses quite a bit of commutative algebra and non-trivial ...
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The Ring Game on $K[x,y,z]$

I recently read about the Ring Game on Mathoverflow, and have been trying to determine winning strategies for each player on various rings. The game has two players and begins with a commutative ...
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What is the Picard group of $z^3=y(y^2-x^2)(x-1)$?

I'm actually doing much more with this affine surface than just looking for the Picard group. I have already proved many things about this surface, and have many more things to look at it, but the ...
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Classification of local Artin (commutative) rings which are finite over an algebraically closed field.

A result in deformation theory states that if every morphism $Y=\operatorname{Spec}(A)\rightarrow X$ where $A$ is a local Artin ring finite over $k$ can be extended to every $Y'\supset Y$ where $Y'$ ...
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checking that an element of a module is zero, point-wise

Let $M$ be a module over a commutative ring $R$. Let $s \in M$ be an element such that for any $x \in \mathrm{Spec}\,R$, the image of $s$ in $M \otimes \kappa(x)$ is 0 (where $\kappa(x)$ is the ...
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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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Trivial intersection of algebraic sets?

The question came up while reading a bit more into the Hilbert-Zariski theorem I asked about the other week. Suppose $V$ is an algebraic variety over arbitrary field $k$. (For this situation, I'll ...
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Tensoring is thought as both restricting and extending?

I hope these questions are not too trivial. Let $I$ be an ideal in $R$. Write $I'\subseteq R[t]$. Then the notion of tensoring $$ (R[t]/I')\otimes_{\,\mathbb{C}[t]} \mathbb{C}[t]/\langle t-c ...
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Divisor class group of an affine surface

In this topic the OP considers the following surface: $X=\mathcal{Z}(z^3-y(y^2-x^2)(x-1))$. (The field it's not explicitely mentioned, but for geometric reasons this can be algebraically closed.) He ...
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Question about definition of $\mathrm{Ext}$

One can define $\mathrm{Ext}^n(M,N)$ (where $M,N$ are $R$-modules) in two ways, either by taking an injective resolution of $N$ and applying $\mathrm{Hom}(M,-)$or by taking a projective resolution and ...
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A problem about the twisted cubic

I have some difficulty with the following problem: Let $f : k → k^3$ be the map which associates $(t, t^2, t^3)$ to $t$ and let $C$ be the image of $f$ (the twisted cubic). Show that $C$ is an ...
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When does the tensor product consist of elementary tensors only?

The question is: Assume that $R$ is a (commutative) ring. Under what conditions on $R$-modules $M,N$ does the tensor product $M\otimes_RN$ consist of elementary tensors only? That is, every ...
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Construct a minimal free resolution, Bruns and Herzog, Exercise 2.3.18(a)

Here is a question form Bruns-Herzog, Cohen-Macaulay Rings, exercise 2.3.18(a). Let $S$ be a regular local ring of dimension $4$, and $y_1$, $y_2$, $y_3$, $y_4$ a regular system of parameters. ...
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Module of Kähler differentials for a formal power series ring

Let $A$ be a ring and $A[[T]]$ the formal power series over A. Then, one can show that $\Omega^1_{A[[T]]/A}$ is not finitely generated over $A[[t]]$. Now, in $\Omega^1_{A[[T]]/A}$ I am trying to ...
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The automorphism group of a toric variety

Let $X$ be a projective toric variety (assume nonsingular, if it helps). Is there a nice description of its automorphism group $\operatorname{Aut}(X)$? I can see that for $\mathbb P^n$ it is ...
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Artinian rings are perfect

Is there a simple way to prove that an Artinian ring is perfect? (in the commutative case)
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Description of $\mathrm{Ext}^1(R/I,R/J)$

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with unit and $I$ and $J$ are nonzero ideals of $R$. Do we have a nice description for $\mathrm{Ext}^1_R(R/I,R/J)$? What do I mean by a nice description? For example ...
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Punctured plane algebraic over a finite field?

I've been asked to prove, by my algebraic geometry teacher, that the punctured affine plane $\mathbb{A}_k^2 \backslash \{0,0\}$ is not an algebraic set, i.e. is not the zero set of any set of ...
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Rational quartic curve in $\mathbb P^3$

By using similar arguments to the ones from my answer to this question, I can prove that the homogeneous coordinate ring of the rational quartic curve in $\mathbb P^3$, that is, $$R = K[x_1, x_2, x_3, ...
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The geometric interpretation of Gorenstein local ring

Many local rings have geometric interpretations. Cohen–Macaulay rings correspond to equi-dimensionality, and regular local rings correspond to non-singularity, but what is a geometric interpretation ...
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On the order of $\mathbb{Z}[X]/(f,g)$ and the resultant $R(f,g)$.

I suspect that $\#\mathbb{Z}[X]/(f,g)=|R(f,g)|$ holds for any two non-constant polynomials $f,g\in\mathbb{Z}[X]$, where $R(f,g)$ is the resultant of $f$ and $g$. I am however unable to prove it. I'd ...
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When does base change preserves Homs

Let $A \to B$ be a ring homomorphism and $M,N$ be two $A$-modules. Consider the natural map $\alpha_{M,N} : \mathrm{Hom}_A(M,N) \otimes_A B \to \mathrm{Hom}_B(M \otimes_A B,N \otimes_A B)$ Consider ...
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Irreducible homogeneous ideals

I have the following question: Let $I$ be a homogeneous ideal. Is it true that $I$ is irreducible if and only if it can't be written as the intersection of two homogeneous ideals? So, is it ...
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For this morphism of integral schemes $X\to Y$, if $X$ is geometrically reduced (irreducible) then is $Y$ also geometrically reduced (irreducible)?

Let $k$ be an arbitrary field. Suppose that $C/k$ is an integral curve which is birationally equivalent to a projective line. Is it true that $C$ is geometrically reduced and irreducible? This is of ...
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“Graded free” is stronger than “graded and free”

This topic suggested me the following question: If $R$ is a commutative graded ring and $F$ a graded $R$-module which is free, then can we conclude that $F$ has a homogeneous basis (that is, a ...
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Counterexamples to the avoidance lemma for arbitrary ideals

Let $A$ be a commutative ring with $1$. Let $I$ and $J_k$, $k=1,\dots,n$ be ideals of $A$ with $I\subseteq \cup _{k=1}^n J_k$. Then I have obtained the following: (1) If $J_k$, $k=1,\dots,n$, are ...
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When is $K_0(i)$ an injection?

Suppose that $\mathcal A$ and $\mathcal B$ are two abelian categories such that $\mathcal A$ is a full subcategory of $\mathcal B$. If $i: \mathcal A\rightarrow\mathcal B$ is the inclusion functor, ...
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regular map of Noetherian rings

We say a homomorphism of Noetherian rings $\varphi:A\rightarrow B$ is regular if $\varphi$ is flat and for every prime ideal $p$ of $A$, the fiber ring $B\otimes_Ak(p)$ is geometrically regular over ...
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generic regularity of affine varieties

Suppose that $V\subset {\mathbb C}^n$ is an affine subvariety of codimension $p$. How does one prove that $V$ is regular (i.e., is a smooth manifold) at its generic points? In view of the Jacobian ...
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approximating a variety locally by a vector space

Suppose we have $m$ homogeneous equations with integer coefficients in $n$ variables and that $m >> n$. Let $x_0 \in \mathbb{C}^n$. Question 1: is there a way to approximate the variety ...
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Question about the nullstellensatz for projective schemes

Assume that $ G $ is a graded ring. Assume that $A$ is a relevant homogeneous ideal (that is, it does not contain the irrelevant ideal $ \oplus_{n > 0}G_n$). I am having trouble proving the ...
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Flatness over Jacobson ring

I need either a reference or a counter-example to the following statement. Let $A$ be a noetherian Jacobson ring (i.e. a noetherian ring where every prime ideal $\mathfrak{p} \subset A$ is an ...
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Non-reflexive module isomorphic to its double dual

Could you give me an example of a non-reflexive module isomorphic to its double dual? I found an example here but I cannot understand it, do you have any simpler examples? By this question we should ...
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Ideals generated by regular sequences are generated by regular sequences in any order/Eisenbud, Exercise 17.6

I have a question regarding an exercise I found in Eisenbud's Commutative Algebra with a view towards Algebraic Geometry: Exercise 17.6: Any ideal of a Noetherian ring generated by a regular ...
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Injective map on power series ring

Suppose $k$ is a field and let $n > m$. Does there exist injective homomorphisms of the form: $$ k [[x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n]] \rightarrow k[[x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_m]]$$
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Functorial approach to Ideals and Quotients, Multiplicative Sets and Localizations

I have been playing with substructures of commutative rings today and noticed that there is a strong analogy between the formation of quotients and kernels with the formation of localizations with ...
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Condition on a field that makes every subring an integrally closed domain

I want to know what condition would need to be additionally imposed on a field to make every subring of the field an integrally closed domain.
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Application of Zariski's Main Theorem

Suppose $f: A \to B$ is a local homomorphism, $B$ is isomorphic to a localization of an $A$-algebra of finite type. Let $L$ be the field of fractions of $B$, and suppose that $B$ contains the normal ...
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Direct image of an ideal sheaf along a blow-up

Suppose that $I\subseteq\mathbb{C}[x_0,\ldots,x_n]$ is a saturated homogeneous ideal. Let $\mathcal{I}\subseteq\mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{P}^n}$ denote the corresponding coherent ideal sheaf, and then let ...
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Existence of finite projective resolution

The situation I'm considering is quite involved. All rings are noetherian commutative with $1$. All modules are finitely generated. First of all we fix a non reduced local ring $A$ where all zero ...
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How to compute Ext over an exterior algebra

I found this question in several places (even on mathoverflow and mathstackexchange), but I never found a satisfying answer. Let $k$ be a field and $V$ a finite dimensional $k$-vectorspace, I would ...
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Computing toric ideals via saturation

I have recently got interested in toric varieties and I have a question concerning their ideals. Let $A \in \mathbb{Z}^{m \times n}$ and $\ker A = \{ u \in \mathbb{Z}^n \; | \; Au = 0 \}$. For any $u ...
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Criterion of nonsingular varieties

It's well-known fact, that if $X$ is non-singular algebraic variety over algebraically closed field $k$ and $Y \subset X$ is its irreducible closed subscheme defined by sheaf of ideals $J$, then $Y$ ...
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Extension of morphism of Coherent sheaves over the projective space

Let $\mathcal{F}_1, \mathcal{F}_2$ be coherent sheaves over $\mathbb{P}^n_{\mathbb{C}}$ for $n \ge 3$. Denote by $U_i$ the fundamental affine schemes defined by the non-vanishing of the coordinates ...
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Gorenstein ring VS. Gorenstein singularity

A normal variety is said to have Gorenstein singularity iff its canonical divisor is a Cartier divisor (one can always define the canonical divisor on a normal variety and it can be proved to be a ...
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Tensor product, Artin-Rees lemma and Krull intersection theorem

I asked another question about tensor product, but can't conclude from the answer, so here is another more concrete question. Let $(A,m)$ be a local ring then by Artin-Rees Lemma $m^k \bigcap I ...
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Regular Noetherian local rings are integral domains - questions about the proof

I am reading a proof that if $(A,\mathfrak m)$ is a regular local ring, then $A$ is an integral domain. I put the major questions I'm worried about in bold, but there are a lot of little things I'm ...
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Lattices as invertible module

Let $E$ be an etale algebra over $\mathbb{Q}$. In other words, $E$ is a finite sum of number fields. Let $L$ be a lattice in $E$, and $R$ the order associated to $L$. More explicitly, $$R=\{ e\in ...
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Primary decomposition of ideals

How to find a primary decomposition of the ideal $I = (X^2, XY, XZ, YZ)$ in the ring $k[X,Y,Z]$? Is there a general rule for finding primary decompositions? Also how to show that $(X,Y)^{308}$ is a ...
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Die Relationen, welche zwischen den elementaren symmetrischen Functionen bestehen - Translation?

I am trying to find a translation of this paper either in English or French (preferably English). I am not very optimistic, but i thought of asking in case somebody is more resourceful :)