The concept of scheme mimics the concept of manifold obtained by glueing pieces isomorphic to open balls, but with different "basic" glueing pieces. Properly, a scheme is a locally ringed space locally isomorphic (in the category of locally ringed spaces) to an affine scheme, spectrum of a ...

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Diophantine applications of Spec?

Let $f(\bar x)$ be a multivariable polynomial with integer coefficients. The zeros of that polynomial are in bijection with the homomorphisms $\mathbb Z[\bar x] \rightarrow \mathbb Z$ that factor ...
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Krull Dimension of a scheme

Can someone give a hint or a solution for showing that a scheme has Krull dimension $d$ if and only if there is an affine open cover of the scheme such that the Krull dimension of each affine scheme ...
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Definition of degree of finite morphism plus context

Let $f: X \rightarrow Y$ be a finite morphism of schemes, defined here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite_morphism I always assumed that the degree of $f$ was the degree of the induced field ...
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on the adjointness of the global section functor and the Spec functor

In fact, it is an exercise on Hartshorne, Ex 2.4 to the second chapter of it (P79): let $A$ be a ring and $(X,\mathcal{O}_X)$ be a scheme. Given a morphism $f:X\longrightarrow \operatorname{Spec} ...
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How is the notion of adjunction of two functors usefull?

Is there a secret or an intuitive idea behind the fact of creating the concept of adjunction of two functors ( Functor - Adjoint Functor ) ? How is this notion of adjunction of two functors usefull ? ...
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Tangent space in a point and First Ext group

Let $X$ be an abelian variety over an algebraically closed field $k$. I have read that one has for an arbitrary closed point $x$ on $X$ a canonical identification $$T_x(X)\simeq ...
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Morphism from a proper irreducible scheme into an affine scheme of finite type

Let $K$ be a field and $X$ be a proper irreducible $K$-scheme. Show that the image of any $K$-morphism $X \rightarrow Y$ into an affine $K$-scheme $Y$ of finite type consists of a single point. I ...
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On limits, schemes and Spec functor

I have several related questions: Do there exist colimits in the category of schemes? If not, do there exist just direct limits? Do there exist limits? If not, do there exist just inverse limits? ...
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Learning schemes

Could someone suggest me how to learn some basic theory of schemes? I have two books from algebraic geometry, namely "Diophantine Geometry" from Hindry and Silverman and "Algebraic geometry and ...
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When is the pushforward of a quasi-coherent sheaf quasi-coherent? Hartshorne proof

In the following we have $f:X \rightarrow Y$ morphism of schemes, $\mathcal{F}$ a quasi-coherent sheaf on $X$ and I am referring to proposition 5.8 page 115 in Hartshorne. To prove that the ...
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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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Prop. 2.3 Hartshorne: $\varphi:A\to B$ induces a morphism $\operatorname{Spec}(B)\to\operatorname{Spec}(A)$

I don't fully understand a step in the proof of the above-mentioned Proposition; more precisely, in part (b): If $\varphi:A\to B$ is a homomorphism of rings, $X=\operatorname{Spec}(A)$, ...
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“This property is local on” : properties of morphisms of $S$-schemes

I am learning schemes theory at school and I have for now only lectures notes that I am taking during the course. The professor is quite often using following expressions, without having defined them ...
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Why is every Noetherian zero-dimensional scheme finite discrete?

In the book The geometry of schemes by Eisenbud and Harris, at page 27 we find the exercise asserting that Exercise I.XXXVI. The underlying space of a zero-dimensional scheme is discrete; if ...
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An exercise in Liu regarding a sheaf of ideals (Chapter II 3.4)

I'm fairly certain there is both a typo and an omission in this exercise. It reads "Let $X$ be a scheme and $f \in \mathcal{O}_X(X)$. Show that $U \mapsto f|_U \mathcal{O}_X(U)$ for every affine open ...
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Intersection of open affines can be covered by open sets distinguished in *both*affines

Suppose $X$ is an arbitrary scheme and $U \cong \operatorname{Spec} A$ and $V \cong \operatorname{Spec} B$ are affine upon subsets of $X$. It's not true in general that $U \cap V$ is affine, so if we ...
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Zariski Tangent Space and $k[\varepsilon]/\varepsilon^2$

Let $X$ be a scheme over a field $k$, and let $x\in X$ be a rational point, that is, we have $k(x):=\mathcal{O}_x/\mathfrak{m}_x\cong k$. Let $\alpha:\mathfrak{m}_x/\mathfrak{m}_x^2\rightarrow k$ be ...
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What is a field of definition of a morphism?

An algebraic variety $X$ over a field $K$ is a $K$-scheme integral separated and of finite type over $K$. Definition: If $L$ is a subfield of $K$ we say that $X$ is defined over $L$ if there ...
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The image of a proper scheme is closed

Let $X$ be a scheme, $Y$ a proper $X$-scheme and $Z$ a separated $X$-scheme. Let $f : Y \to Z$ be a morphism of $X$-schemes. I would like to prove that the image of $f$ is closed in $Z$. Here is what ...
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Irreducibility is preserved under base extension

I want to prove that if $A$ is a finitely generated $k$-algebra ($k$ is a field) with prime nilradical then for any field extension $k\rightarrow K$, the $K$-algebra $A\otimes_kK$ has also prime ...
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Separated scheme

How to show, that the affine line with a split point is not a separated scheme? Hartshorne writes something about this point in product, but it is not product in topological spaces category! Give the ...
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Show that $\mathbb{A}_\mathbb{C}^2 \ncong \mathbb{A}_\mathbb{C}^1 \times_{Spec(\mathbb{Z})} \mathbb{A}_\mathbb{C}^1$

Show that $\mathbb{A}_\mathbb{C}^2 \ncong \mathbb{A}_\mathbb{C}^1 \times_{Spec(\mathbb{Z})} \mathbb{A}_\mathbb{C}^1$ Honestly I don't know where to begin... It's the same as proving that ...
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Exterior product of Modules, problem wih tensor product

Let $X$ and $Y$ be schemes over a field $k$ and $p,q$ the projections of $X \times Y$ on $X$ and $Y$. Let $M$ and $N$ be modules on $X$ and $Y$. Then the exterior product $M \boxtimes N $ is defined ...
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Geometric interpretation and computation of the Normal bundle

My question concern the definition, geometric meaning, and usage of the normal bundle in algebraic geometry. Let $X$ be a nonsingular variety over an algebraically closed field $k$, and $Y\subseteq ...
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Quasi-coherent sheaves, schemes, and the Gabriel-Rosenberg theorem

In the context of commutative rings, a ring is completely determined by its category of modules. That is, two commutative rings $R$ and $S$ are isomorphic if and only if the category of $R$-modules is ...
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Pullback and Pushforward Isomorphism of Sheaves

Suppose we have two schemes $X, Y$ and a map $f: X\to Y$. Then we know that $\operatorname{Hom}_X(f^*\mathcal{G}, \mathcal{F})\simeq \operatorname{Hom}_Y(\mathcal{G}, f_*\mathcal{F})$, where ...
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How to think of the Zariski tangent space

The Zariski tangent space at a point $\mathfrak m$ is defined as the dual of $\mathfrak m/\mathfrak m ^2$. While I do appreciate this definition, I find it hard to work with, because we are not given ...
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Computing Kähler differentials on $\mathbb P^1_A$ (What did Liu intend?)

Let $A$ be a ring and $X=\mathbb P^1_A$. On $D_+(T_0)\cap D_+(T_1)$, we have $$T^2_0d(T_1/T_0)= -T^2_1d(T_0/T_1).$$ How does one formally compute this transition? Of course this is ...
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Studying Deformation Theory of Schemes

Versal Property Local Deformation Space Mini-versal deformation space I came across these words while studying these papers a) Desingularization of moduli varities for vector bundles on curves, ...
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Möbius strip and $\mathscr O(-1)$. Or $\mathscr O(1)$?

On the real $\textbf P^1$ we have these algebraic line bundles: $\mathscr O(1)$ and $\mathscr O(-1)$. Which one corresponds to the Möbius strip? (Both are $1$-twists of $\textbf P^1\times\textbf ...
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Open properties of quasi-compact schemes

I am following Ravi Vakil's Math 216: Foundations of Algebraic geometry notes, and there is a remark following an exercise that I don't understand at all, and if anyone could enlighten me then that ...
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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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Inverse of open affine subscheme is affine

This seems ridiculously simple, but it's eluding me. Suppose $f:X\rightarrow Y$ is a morphism of affine schemes. Let $V$ be an open affine subscheme of $Y$. Why is $f^{-1}(V)$ affine? I noted that ...
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Affine scheme $X$ with $\dim(X)=0$ but infinitely many points

As the title says, I'm looking for an affine scheme of dimension zero, but with infinitely many points. At first I doubted that something like this could exist, and I still can't think of an example, ...
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Scheme over S and morphisms

Quoting from Hartshorne Let $S$ be a fixed scheme. A scheme over $S$ is a scheme $X$, together with a morphism $X \to S$. If $X$ and $Y$ are schemes over $S$, a morphism of $X$ to $Y$ as schemes ...
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Closure of image of diagonal morphism of S-scheme

Let $X$ be an $S$-scheme with structural morphism given by $f : X \to S$. The image of the diagonal morphism $\Delta : X \to X \times_S X$ is contained in the subset $Z := \{ z \in X \times_S X : ...
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Reality check: $\mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{P}_\mathbb{R}^1}(1)$ and $\mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{P}_\mathbb{R}^1}(-1)$ are both Möbius strips?

This question follows up this previous question, which has an accepted answer that I am having trouble believing. (Edit: the answer has now been fixed; thanks Georges!) I have been working on giving ...
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When are complete intersections also local complete intersections?

First, let us recall some definitions. Let $P=\mathbb P^d_k$ be a projective space over a field $k$. Let $X$ be a closed subvariety of $P$ of dimension $r$. We say that $X$ is a complete ...
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Morphism between two $K$-schemes restricted to an affine subscheme

Suppose that $f:X\longrightarrow Y$ is a morphism between two $K$-schemes. If $U\subseteq X$ is an affine open set, then can we conclude that $f(U)$ is contained is some affine open subset of $Y$? ...
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“Push-Pull” Morphisms of Higher Direct Image Sheaves

(This is 20.7.B in Ravi Vakil's notes) Suppose $f:Y \to Z$ is any morphism, and $\pi: X\to Y$ is quasicompact and quasiseparated. Suppose $\mathcal{F}$ is a quasicoherent sheaf on $X$. Let ...
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Scheme glued out of finitely many spectra of local rings

Let $X$ be a noetherian separated scheme over the spectrum of a field $K$. By definition, I can find an open covering of $X$ by finitely many affine schemes $Spec(R_i)$ where each $R_i$ is a ...
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How to tell whether a scheme is reduced from its functor of points?

Suppose I have a scheme $X$ and I want to know if $X$ is reduced, but all I have access to is the functor $$ R\mapsto X(R)=Mor(\operatorname{Spec}(R),X) $$ from commutative rings to sets (rather ...
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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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Hom between 2 schemes

Why is the set $Hom(X,Y)$ between 2 schemes $X$ and $Y$ a scheme as well? Where can I read the construction? For example, $Hom(\mathbb{A}^1,\mathbb{A}^1)$ is the set of all polynomial, and what is the ...
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Basic understanding of Spec$(\mathbb Z)$

So, I'm looking into schemes, and found that I have no intuition in the field, so I decided to look into some simple (as in affine and well-known) examples. As I like to dwell on the basics for a ...
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Why are projective spaces over a ring of different dimensions non-isomorphic?

Let $A$ be a nonzero commutative ring with unit. Define $\mathbb P_A^n$ to be the scheme $\operatorname {Proj} A[T_0,\dots,T_n]$, where the grading on the polynomial ring is by degree. Why is it true ...
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Separated schemes and unicity of extension

In point set topology, we have the following result, which is easily proved. Theorem. Let $Y$ be Hausdorff space and $f,g:X \to Y$ be continuous functions. If there exists a set $A\subset X$ such ...
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Isomorphism of Proj schemes of graded rings, Hartshorne 2.14

This question is based on exercise $2.14$ of chapter $2$ of Hartshorne. Suppose $\varphi:S\rightarrow T$ is a graded homomorphism of graded (commutative, unital) rings such that $\varphi_d := ...
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Regular in codim one scheme and DVR

Let $X$ be a noetherian integral (separated) scheme which is regular in codimension one. Let $Y$ be a prime divisor and let $\eta$ be the generic point of $Y.$ It seems I am missing something easy but ...
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Scheme: Countable union of affine lines

Let $X$ be a countable union of $A_n$ ($n \in \Bbb{N}$), where $A_i$ are affine lines, i.e., $A_i=\operatorname{Spec}k[x]$, with $k$ algebraically closed field, such that $A_i$ meets $A_{i+1}$ in the ...