**Instructor:** David Nadler

**Office Hours:** by appointment, 815 Evans.

**Lectures:** Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-12:30pm, 2 Evans.

**Course Control Number:** 54512

**Prerequisites:** Math 250A-250B or equivalent familiarity with abstract algebra.

**Sources:**

- Hartshorne, Algebraic Geometry.
- Mumford, The Red Book of Varieties and Schemes.
- Vakil, Foundations of Algebraic Geometry.
- Gathmann, Course notes.

**Syllabus:** This will be an example-oriented introduction to algebraic geometry.
We will explore varieties and schemes, with a focus on curves.

**Evaluation:**

There will be a weekly in-class quiz.

There will be a final project due at the last class meeting Thursday December 3, 2015. You will prepare a synopsis of a research topic containing: 1) explanation of an old problem or question; 2) discussion of a result contributing to the solution; 3) discussion of a key argument or calculation in the proof of the result; 4) proposal of a new problem or question that one might pursue.