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By William Fulton

Third Preface, 2008

This textual content has been out of print for numerous years, with the writer retaining copyrights.
Since I proceed to listen to from younger algebraic geometers who used this as
their first textual content, i'm completely satisfied now to make this version on hand for gratis to anyone
interested. i'm such a lot thankful to Kwankyu Lee for creating a cautious LaTeX version,
which used to be the root of this variation; thank you additionally to Eugene Eisenstein for aid with
the graphics.

As in 1989, i've got controlled to withstand making sweeping alterations. I thank all who
have despatched corrections to prior models, specifically Grzegorz Bobi´nski for the most
recent and thorough checklist. it's inevitable that this conversion has brought some
new mistakes, and that i and destiny readers could be thankful if you happen to will ship any blunders you
find to me at

Second Preface, 1989

When this ebook first seemed, there have been few texts to be had to a amateur in modern
algebraic geometry. in view that then many introductory treatises have seemed, including
excellent texts through Shafarevich,Mumford,Hartshorne, Griffiths-Harris, Kunz,
Clemens, Iitaka, Brieskorn-Knörrer, and Arbarello-Cornalba-Griffiths-Harris.

The previous twenty years have additionally obvious a great deal of progress in our understanding
of the subjects lined during this textual content: linear sequence on curves, intersection thought, and
the Riemann-Roch challenge. it's been tempting to rewrite the publication to mirror this
progress, however it doesn't appear attainable to take action with no forsaking its elementary
character and destroying its unique objective: to introduce scholars with a bit algebra
background to a couple of the tips of algebraic geometry and to assist them gain
some appreciation either for algebraic geometry and for origins and purposes of
many of the notions of commutative algebra. If operating during the e-book and its
exercises is helping arrange a reader for any of the texts pointed out above, that would be an
added benefit.

First Preface, 1969

Although algebraic geometry is a hugely built and thriving box of mathematics,
it is notoriously tough for the newbie to make his method into the subject.
There are a number of texts on an undergraduate point that supply an exceptional therapy of
the classical thought of airplane curves, yet those don't organize the scholar adequately
for smooth algebraic geometry. however, so much books with a contemporary approach
demand massive history in algebra and topology, usually the equivalent
of a 12 months or extra of graduate examine. the purpose of those notes is to improve the
theory of algebraic curves from the point of view of recent algebraic geometry, but
without over the top prerequisites.

We have assumed that the reader knows a few uncomplicated homes of rings,
ideals, and polynomials, akin to is usually lined in a one-semester path in modern
algebra; extra commutative algebra is constructed in later sections. Chapter
1 starts off with a precis of the evidence we want from algebra. the remainder of the chapter
is occupied with uncomplicated homes of affine algebraic units; we have now given Zariski’s
proof of the $64000 Nullstellensatz.

The coordinate ring, functionality box, and native earrings of an affine style are studied
in bankruptcy 2. As in any glossy remedy of algebraic geometry, they play a fundamental
role in our instruction. the overall research of affine and projective varieties
is endured in Chapters four and six, yet in simple terms so far as worthwhile for our examine of curves.

Chapter three considers affine aircraft curves. The classical definition of the multiplicity
of some degree on a curve is proven to rely purely at the neighborhood ring of the curve at the
point. The intersection variety of aircraft curves at some extent is characterised via its
properties, and a definition when it comes to a undeniable residue classification ring of an area ring is
shown to have those homes. Bézout’s Theorem and Max Noether’s Fundamental
Theorem are the topic of bankruptcy five. (Anyone acquainted with the cohomology of
projective forms will realize that this cohomology is implicit in our proofs.)

In bankruptcy 7 the nonsingular version of a curve is developed through blowing
up issues, and the correspondence among algebraic functionality fields on one
variable and nonsingular projective curves is validated. within the concluding chapter
the algebraic technique of Chevalley is mixed with the geometric reasoning of
Brill and Noether to turn out the Riemann-Roch Theorem.

These notes are from a path taught to Juniors at Brandeis college in 1967–
68. The path used to be repeated (assuming the entire algebra) to a gaggle of graduate students
during the extensive week on the finish of the Spring semester. we've retained
an crucial characteristic of those classes by way of together with a number of hundred difficulties. The results
of the starred difficulties are used freely within the textual content, whereas the others variety from
exercises to functions and extensions of the theory.

From bankruptcy three on, ok denotes a hard and fast algebraically closed box. each time convenient
(including with no remark a few of the difficulties) we have now assumed ok to
be of attribute 0. The minor changes essential to expand the idea to
arbitrary attribute are mentioned in an appendix.

Thanks are because of Richard Weiss, a pupil within the direction, for sharing the task
of writing the notes. He corrected many error and more suitable the readability of the text.
Professor PaulMonsky supplied numerous important feedback as I taught the course.

“Je n’ai jamais été assez loin pour bien sentir l’application de l’algèbre à los angeles géométrie.
Je n’ai mois element cette manière d’opérer sans voir ce qu’on fait, et il me sembloit que
résoudre un probleme de géométrie par les équations, c’étoit jouer un air en tournant
une manivelle. l. a. most appropriate fois que je trouvai par le calcul que le carré d’un
binôme étoit composé du carré de chacune de ses events, et du double produit de
l’une par l’autre, malgré l. a. justesse de ma multiplication, je n’en voulus rien croire
jusqu’à ce que j’eusse fai los angeles determine. Ce n’étoit pas que je n’eusse un grand goût pour
l’algèbre en n’y considérant que los angeles quantité abstraite; mais appliquée a l’étendue, je
voulois voir l’opération sur les lignes; autrement je n’y comprenois plus rien.”

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Show that the resulting sequence 0 −→ N /P −→ M /P −→ M /N −→ 0 is exact (“Second Noether Isomorphism Theorem”). (c) Let U ⊂ W ⊂ V be vector spaces, with V /U finite-dimensional. Then dimV /U = dimV /W + dimW /U . (d) If J ⊂ I are ideals in a ring R, there is a natural exact sequence of R-modules: 0 −→ I /J −→ R/J −→ R/I −→ 0. (e) If O is a local ring with maximal ideal m, there is a natural exact sequence of O -modules 0 −→ mn /mn+1 −→ O /mn+1 −→ O /mn −→ 0. 30. Then mn /mn+1 is an R-module, and so also a k-module, since k ⊂ R.

For convenience we usually concentrate on Un+1 . Let H∞ = Pn Un+1 = {[x 1 : . . : x n+1 ] | x n+1 = 0}; H∞ is often called the hyperplane at infinity. The correspondence [x 1 : . . : x n : 0] ↔ [x 1 : . . : x n ] shows that H∞ may be identified with Pn−1 . Thus Pn = Un+1 ∪ H∞ is the union of an affine n-space and a set that gives all directions in affine n-space. Examples. (0) P0 (k) is a point. 1 (1) P (k) = {[x : 1] | x ∈ k} ∪ {[1 : 0]}. P1 (k) is the affine line plus one point at infinity.

Show that k[[X ]] is a DVR with uniformizing parameter X . Its quotient field is denoted k((X )). 32. 30. Any z ∈ R then determines a power series λi X i , if λ0 , λ1 , . . 30(b). (a) Show that the map z → λi X i is a one-to-one ring homomorphism of R into k[[X ]]. We often write z = λi t i , and call this the power series expansion of z in terms of t . (b) Show that the homomorphism extends to a homomorphism of K into k((X )), and that the order function on k((X )) restricts to that on K . 24, t = X .

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