MA40188: Algebraic curves
[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]
Academic Year:  2021/2 
Owning Department/School:  Department of Mathematical Sciences 
Credits:  6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] 
Notional Study Hours:  120 
Level:  Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7) 
Period: 
 Semester 1

Assessment Summary:  EX 100% 
Assessment Detail:  
Supplementary Assessment: 
 Likeforlike reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)

Requisites: 
Before taking this module you must take MA20217

Description:  NB. This unit is only available in academic years starting in an odd year.
Aims: This is an advanced pure mathematics course providing an introduction
to classical algebraic geometry via plane curves. It will show some of the links with other branches of mathematics.
Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course students should be able to use homogeneous coordinates in projective space and to distinguish singular points of plane curves. They should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the difference between rational and nonrational curves, know examples of both, and be able to describe some special features of plane cubic curves.
Content: To be chosen from: Affine and projective space. Polynomial rings and homogeneous polynomials. Ideals in the context of polynomial rings,the Nullstellensatz. Plane curves; degree; Bezout's theorem. Singular points of plane curves. Rational maps and morphisms; isomorphism and birationality. Curves of low degree (up to 3). Genus. Elliptic curves; the group law, nonrationality, the j invariant. Weierstrass p function. Quadric surfaces; curves of quadrics. Duals.

Programme availability: 
MA40188 is Optional on the following programmes:
Department of Computer Science
 USCMAFB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 3)
 USCMAAB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USCMAKB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USCMAFM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 3)
 USCMAFM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 4)
 USCMAAM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 3)
 USCMAAM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 5)
 USCMAKM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 3)
 USCMAKM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 5)
Department of Economics
 UHESAFB04 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Mathematics (Year 3)
 UHESAAB04 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 UHESAKB04 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 UHESACB04 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Mathematics with Combined Placement and Study Abroad (Year 4)
Department of Mathematical Sciences
 USMAAFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 3)
 USMAAAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB13 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB01 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB05 : BSc(Hons) Statistics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
 USMAAFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 4)
 USMAAAM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 5)

Notes:  This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2021/22 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2022/23 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2021/22.
 Programmes and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures.
 Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any prerequisite rules.
 Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.
