Algebraic Geometry: A Problem Solving Approach
About this Title
Thomas Garrity, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, Richard Belshoff, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, Lynette Boos, Providence College, Providence, RI, Ryan Brown, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA, Carl Lienert, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, David Murphy, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, Junalyn Navarra-Madsen, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, Pedro Poitevin, Salem State University, Salem, MA, Shawn Robinson, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO, Brian Snyder, Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI and Caryn Werner, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
Publication: The Student Mathematical Library
Publication Year 2013: Volume 66
ISBNs: 978-0-8218-9396-8 (print); 978-0-8218-9487-3 (online)
MathSciNet review: MR3024842
MSC: Primary 14-01
Algebraic Geometry has been at the center of much of mathematics for hundreds of years. It is not an easy field to break into, despite its humble beginnings in the study of circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, and parabolas.
This text consists of a series of exercises, plus some background information and explanations, starting with conics and ending with sheaves and cohomology. The first chapter on conics is appropriate for first-year college students (and many high school students). Chapter 2 leads the reader to an understanding of the basics of cubic curves, while Chapter 3 introduces higher degree curves. Both chapters are appropriate for people who have taken multivariable calculus and linear algebra. Chapters 4 and 5 introduce geometric objects of higher dimension than curves. Abstract algebra now plays a critical role, making a first course in abstract algebra necessary from this point on. The last chapter is on sheaves and cohomology, providing a hint of current work in algebraic geometry.
Undergraduate students interested in algebraic geometry.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1. Conics
- Chapter 2. Cubic curves and elliptic curves
- Chapter 3. Higher degree curves
- Chapter 4. Affine varieties
- Chapter 5. Projective varieties
- Chapter 6. The next steps: Sheaves and cohomology