18.704 Seminar in Algebra and Number Theory: Computational Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry

Fall 2008

Image of a cone as an example of an affine variety.
Plot of the equation V(z2-x2-y2). The resulting cone is an example of a singular affine variety. (Image made using K3DSurf by Prof. Steven Kleiman.)

Course Description

In this undergraduate level seminar series, topics vary from year to year. Students present and discuss the subject matter, and are provided with instruction and practice in written and oral communication. Some experience with proofs required. The topic for fall 2008: Computational algebra and algebraic geometry.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .ps, .sty, .dvi, and .tex.

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Prof. Steven Kleiman

Course Meeting Times

2 sessions / week
1.5 hours / session