Monthly Archives: July 2008

Hurwitz’s Theorem

Ok, back to curves. We’d wandered a bit in the direction of this topic before, having discussed Bezout’s Theorem and the Riemann-Roch Theorem. Today we’ll talk about the Hurwitz formula, also called the Riemann-Hurwitz formula. It’s a rather nice result, … Continue reading

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Computing Hilbert Functions

Today, we’ll link the computational thread back to the thread involving Hilbert schemes, by working out how to compute the Hilbert function (and thus polynomial) for any ideal in the ring . The trick involves Groebner bases and flat families, … Continue reading

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Resultants

Let’s say that you have two polynomials, and you REALLY need to know if they have a common root. Now, if they’re quadratic, you’re in luck, because we can solve them both completely and just check. In fact, if you’re … Continue reading

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Elimination and Extension Theorems

Last time we talked about Groebner bases and Buchberger’s algorithm, so today we’ll do an application of them. In fact, a few, because the Elimination Theorem and the Extension Theorem are extremely useful results, and we’ll talk a bit about … Continue reading

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Carnival of Math 37

Well, I’m taking the day off, but instead of looking for my stuff, you can all go over to the Logic Nest and read the 37th Carnival of Mathematics. Hmm…I had been intending to write something for it, but it … Continue reading

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Groebner Bases and Buchberger’s Algorithm

After all that technical work and careful but rather abstract technique developed for the construction of a bunch of moduli spaces, I’ve decided to take a break from that line of reasoning and to look to one that’s rather dear … Continue reading

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Wordle

I’ve seen a lot of people playing with Wordle on their blogs lately, so here’s a wordle picture to represent the Algebraic Geometry from the Beginning series. I’ve removed some English words, removed plurals on a lot of words, and … Continue reading

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