Math 256B - Algebraic Geometry

InstructorPaul Vojta
LecturesMWF 1:10–2:00, online
Class Number 22869
Office883 Evans
Office HoursTBD
PrerequisitesMath 256A
Required TextHartshorne, Algebraic Geometry, Springer
Catalog Description Math 256AB: Affine and projective algebraic varieties. Theory of schemes and morphisms of schemes. Smoothness and differentials in algebraic geometry. Coherent sheaves and their cohomology. Riemann-Roch theorem and selected applications. Sequence begins fall.
SyllabusWe will do much of Chapter III (Cohomology), followed by some material on smoothness of morphisms.
GradingGrades will be based on homework assignments. There will be no final exam, but the last problem set will be due about a week after the last day of classes.
Homework Weekly or biweekly, assigned in class
CommentsI tend to follow the book fairly closely, but try to give interesting exercises and examples.


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Homework Assignments

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12/1 dvi pdf
22/8 dvi pdf
32/16 Hartshorne III Ex. 2.3, 3.1, 3.2
3.2 is (NC)
42/24 Hartshorne III Ex. 4.1, 4.3, 4.5
4.1 is (NC)
53/4 dvi pdf

The following policies apply to the homework assignments.

  1. Discussion and the exchange of ideas are essential to doing academic work. For assignments in this course, you are encouraged to consult with your classmates as you work on problem sets. However, after discussions with peers, make sure that you can work through the problem yourself and ensure that any answers you submit for evaluation are the result of your own efforts. In addition, you must cite any books, articles, websites, lectures, etc. that have helped you with your work using appropriate citation practices (other than class lectures and corresponding parts of the textbook). Similarly, you must list the names of students with whom you have collaborated on problem sets. (This paragraph was adapted from, accessed on 28 January 2013.)
  2. As an exception to the above, you may not collaborate on problems marked “(nc).”
  3. For problems from the book, you may use without proof any lower-numbered exercises from the same section or any exercises from sections covered earlier. For other exercises, you may use without proof any exercises from earlier sections in the book; for the current section(s), ask. For any exercises, if you weren't able to do an exercise or part of an exercise, you may still assume that it holds for subsequent exercises or parts.
  4. Credit may be reduced if you look up the answer in some other source (as opposed to using the material from elsewhere to aid in your understanding), or if you look ahead in the textbook.

Last updated 25 February 2021