Math 465: Introduction to computational algebraic geometry

MWF 1:00PM, HB 453

Brendan Hassett
Herman Brown 402
(713) 348-5261
Office hours: M 9:00, W 3:00, F 2:00 and by appointment

Goals:A systematic introduction to algebraic geometry, with an emphasis on examples and explicit computation. See the course announcement for further details. This class complements the junior seminar of the VIGRE working group in Computational algebraic geometry. While these are independent of each other, there will be synergy between the course and the seminar.

Prerequisites: A semester course in linear or abstract algebra

Textbook: The main source will be my lecture notes. Other useful references include:

Weekly problem sets (40%): Due each Monday starting August 29. They should be turned in during class. Homework assignments are not pledged. You are strongly encouraged to work together, though each student should write up her/his own submission.

Midterm exam (20%): A closed-book 80-minute take-home test, to be taken sometime between Friday, September 30 and Monday, October 3.

Final exam (40%): A closed-book three-hour take-home exam.

Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me during the first two weeks of class. All discussions will remain confidential. Students with disabilities will need to also contact Disability Support Services in the Ley Student Center.