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Math 465:
Introduction to computational algebraic geometry

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MWF 1:00PM, HB 453

Brendan Hassett

Herman Brown 402

(713) 348-5261

hassett@math.rice.edu

http://www.math.rice.edu/~hassett
**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:

D. Cox, J. Little, D. O'Shea,
*Ideals, varieties, and algorithms:
An introduction to computational algebraic
geometry and commutative algebra*, Second edition,
Springer-Verlag, New York, 1997.

I. Shafarevich, *Basic algebraic geometry I,II*
Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1994.

**Assessment:**

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.