Math 602: Commutative Algebra
WF 8:30am-9:45am in Physics 227
Office Hours: TBD
Homeworks There will be weekly homework, posted here.
The material covered in this course will be that of a standard
commutative algebra course, but maybe not in a standard order. The
material covered will roughly be (in no particular order): ideals and
operations on them, varieties, localization, Noether
normalization, the Nullstellansatz, Groebner bases and
computations, Noetherian and Artinian conditions, radicals, primary
decomposition, Hilbert polynomials, dimension theory, modules,
completion, integral dependence, going up, going down, Dedekind domains and DVRS, flatness. Also, other topics as
I'll record the actual topics as we go
- 1/10/2020 Lecture 1. HW1 out. Due
- 1/15/2020 NO LECTURE. Joint meetings.
- 1/17/2020 NO LECTURE. Joint meetings.
- 1/22/2020 Lecture 2: Cayley-Hamilton, Integral extensions, Noether normalization,
- 1/24/2020 Lecture 3: Definition of dimension, Lying over, Going up, Many forms of the Nullstenllensatz . HW2. Due 1/31/2020.
- 1/29/2020 NO LECTURE. Utah. This will hopefully be the last missed lecture this term.
Textbook(s) The official textbook is Matsumura's
Commutative Ring Theory. However, here are some other recommendations
- Introduction to Commutative Algebra by Atiyah and
Macdonald. I recommend that you buy a copy of this book. It is not a
great reference, but it is an excellent source of exercises, and
every mathematician should have a copy.
- Commutative Algebra with a View Toward Algebraic
Geometry by Eisenbud. I really like this book, but its maybe a
bit too big and disorganized for an introduction. Its great to read
after you know a thing or two, though.
- Notes by
Hochster. These are an excellent set of course notes written by
a master of commutative algebra. I strongly recommend reading them
in addition to Matsumura.
Term of Commutative Algebra These are an excellent set of
lecture notes from 18.705 at MIT.
- Notes by Milne
- Notes by Gathmann
- Zariski-Samuel. The ultimate reference.
- Ideals, Varieties and Algorithms by Cox, Little,
O'Shea. An electronic copy is available through Duke libraries. This
is an excellent source both for the computational aspects of the
course and for
- A SINGULAR Introduction to Commutative Algebra by Greuel
and Pfister. An electronic copy is available through Duke libraries.
The Macaulay2 Book
I think it is pretty useful to actually be able to compute some
things in life. So, there will be a computational component to this
course. You will be able to use whatever tools you want for this ---
none of the computational exercises will be programming intensive at
all. They will just be enough to convince you that you can actually
compute things explicitly (this is not something that you can easily
see from standard treatments of commutative algebra). My favorite
choices of tools are the following
- Macaualay 2. This appears to be the choice of many commutative
algebra and algebraic geometry researchers. For an introduction see
the book above.
- Singular. This is appears to be the second choice. It has the
advantage that there is an entire graduate level algebra textbook
written using it (see above), and that textbook is available to
us. Also, the Singular terminal can be accessed from any Duke math
- Sage. This is the most comprehensive computer algebra system,
and the choice of number theorists. In general, we will not have a
need for all the bells and whistles it offers. Also, its commutative
algebra procedures call Singular, anyway. Feel free to use Sage if
you're comfortable with it, though!
In this section I'll collect supplementary papers by others, and notes
A wonderful translation of Noether's
original paper on primary decomposition.