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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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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How to name these “ideals”?

Background. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a symmetric monoidal category with unit $\mathbf{1}$. A subobject of $\mathbf{1}$ is just a monomorphism $I \to \mathbf{1}$. We may also call this an ideal of ...
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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 ...
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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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Is $\mathbb{Z}$ the only totally-ordered PID that is “special”?

(All my rings are commutative and unital.) Definition. Call a totally-ordered ring $R$ special iff for all non-zero $b \in R,$ every coset of $bR$ has a unique element in the interval $[0,|b|).$ ...
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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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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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Check whether a polynomial ideal is prime in the power series ring

I would like to know whether the ideal $I = \langle y^{2}(y^{2}-x^{2}) + w^{7}, y^{2}(y^{4}-x^{4}) + z^{7}\rangle$ is prime in $\mathbb{C}[[x,y,z,w]]$, the ring of formal power series in the ...
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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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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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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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$E \to S$ surjective in degrees $\geq 1$ implies $\widetilde{E} \to \widetilde{S}$ surjective

In the proof of Theorem II.8.13 in Hartshorne (which is the Euler sequence), the author writes: Let $S = A[x_0, \ldots, x_n]$. [...] The exact sequence $$0 \to M \to E \to S$$ of graded ...
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Computing Hodge numbers of a complete intersection

The situation is this: I have a 5-dimensional irreducible projective variety $Y$ embedded in $\mathbb P^{13}$. This variety is singular, the singularities being a disjoint union of two curves. I have ...
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Andre-Quillen Homology of the cuspidal curve $k[x,y]/(x^2 - y^3)$

I was wondering if I am in the right track here. Let $A := k[x,y]/(x^2 - y^3)$, the cuspidal curve. Obviously this isn't etale or smooth over $k$ so its cotangent complex is not contractible. Now, I ...
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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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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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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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Showing an ideal is prime in polynomial ring

Let $k=\mathbb{C}$ and let $J$ the ideal $(xw-yz,y^{3}-x^{2}z,z^{3}-yw^{2},y^{2}w-xz^{2})$. I want to see why $J$ is a prime ideal in $k[x,y,z,w]$. I know that $Z(J)$ (the zero set of $J$) is ...
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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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Weil does not imply Cartier on variety $X$.

Show that the divisor $D$ defined by $a = b = 0$ in the variety $X \subset \mathbb{A}^4$ defined by $ad - bc = 0$ $($the cone on a smooth quadric surface$)$ is not locally principal. My attempt ...
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What about $\mathrm{Spec}(\mathbf{Q})$?

I've heard a lot about $\mathrm{Spec}(\mathbf{Q})$ (see for example Minhyong Kim's answer here), but $\mathbf{Q}$ is a field. So isn't $\mathrm{Spec}(\mathbf{Q})$ trivial? What's the point of studying ...
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Basic question: Condition for a map associated to a linear series to be an immersion

I am reading this set of lectures of a class by Prof. Harris. There is a theorem. Let $X$ be a Riemann surface and $\phi:X\rightarrow\mathbb{P^r}$ be the map defined by a linear series without ...
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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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“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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What are some important examples of differential objects that aren't naturally graded?

[By a "differential object" I mean an object $A$ in some abelian category $\mathcal{A}$ together with a morphism $d : A \to A$ such that $d \circ d = 0$. By a "differential module" I mean a ...
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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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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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radical of an ideal

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with identity and $I$ a proper ideal of $R$. We define $L$-radical of $I$, denoted by $\sqrt[L]{I}$, the intersection of all primary ideals of $R$ containing $I$. It is ...
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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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Stable epimorphisms of commutative rings

Recall that an epimorphism $f : A \to B$ in a category with fiber products is called stable (or universal) if for every morphism $C \to B$ the base change $A \times_B C \to C$ is an epimorphism. ...
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Is the preimage of the non-normal locus a divisor?

Let $X$ be a complex, affine variety. Let $\nu:\tilde X\to X$ be the normalization of $X$ and denote by $D\subseteq X$ the closed set of points where $\nu$ fails to be an isomorphism, i.e. $D$ is the ...
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Property of free submodules for a module over a PID

It's possible to produce an example of an integral domain $R$ and a free $R$-module $M$ with free submodules $L, L'$ such that $L+L'$ is not free. We can take $R=M=K[x,y]$ , $L=<x>$ , ...
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Prime ideals contained in the union of almost all prime ideals

I am reading the proof of the long exact sequence involving $S$-class groups and $S$-units in Neukirch Algebraic Number Theory, Chapter I, Prop. 11.6, which states the following canonical sequence is ...
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Determine all discrete valuations on $\mathbb{C}(x)$.

To clarify, for a field $K$, a valuation $v$ on $K$ is a map $v:K^{\times}\to G$ for $G$ an ordered group (written additively) such that for any $a,b\in K^{\times}$: 1) $v(ab)=v(a)+v(b)$; 2) ...