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Rigorous trivialities is a web log about mathematics, but especially geometry, broadly construed. Contributors will be Charles Siegel, Jim Stankewicz and occasionally Matt Deland. Charles specializes in algebraic geometry, topology and mathematical physics. Jim specializes in arithmetic algebraic geometry. Matt has transitioned from algebraic geometry to work in industry.

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# Category Archives: Examples

## Prym Varieties

Let be an unramified double cover, where is geneus . Then has genus by the Riemann-Hurwitz formula. Now, encodes lots of information about the geometry of , especially with the additional data of the theta divisor. It turns out that … Continue reading

## Rational Normal Scrolls

Today, we’re going to talk about a very important class of rational varieties, that show up all the time, in quite a variety of different contexts, and at the end, we’ll talk about why.

## Determinantal Varieties

Let be the projectivization of . Then for all , we have a variety given as the set of matrices of rank at most , which is given by the vanishing of the determinents of minors. We call these the … Continue reading

## Low Genus Moduli of Curves

Pretty much everything in this post is in Mumford’s “Curves and their Jacobians,” but I do a couple of things slightly differently, and I intend to supply a bit more detail in some places. The goal here is to construct … Continue reading

## A short post on bitangents

Today’s post will be, as the title says, a bit short. It will, more-or-less finish our current discussion of theta characteristics, and then we’ll get back to something else. But we’ll derive a nice case of a classical formula.

## Group Schemes and Moduli (IV)

Unless there is some specific interest, I think this will be the final post in the series about taking quotients of varieties by actions of group schemes. Recall that everything is being done over an algebraically closed field, . I’ll … Continue reading

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## Group Schemes and Moduli (II)

We continue our quest to understand when quotients of schemes by actions of group schemes exist. Last time we defined group schemes, group actions, geometric quotients, and gave some examples. In this post, I’ll define what it means to be … Continue reading

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## Constructing Nodal Curves

So, I don’t really have a full length post in me at the moment. However, here’s a nice trick that I’ve learned recently, plus some motivation. With this, it’s easy to write down explicitly a curve of arbitrary degree in … Continue reading

Posted in Algebraic Geometry, Curves, Examples
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## Group Schemes and Moduli (I)

Hi! My name is Matt DeLand, I’m a graduate student at Columbia and I’m responding to Charles’ call for cobloggers. I also study Algebraic Geometry, and have been enjoying Charles’ posts; hopefully I can help out and make some positive … Continue reading

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## Canonical Linear Systems

Given any curve , we have a natural linear system , consisting of all the effective canonical divisors. Now, sometimes this is unhelpful. After all, if , then the canonical system has negative degree, so . If , then the … Continue reading

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