Course details
Semester
 Autumn 2023
 Monday, October 2nd to Friday, December 8th
Hours
 Live lecture hours
 20
 Recorded lecture hours
 0
 Total advised study hours
 80
Timetable
 Mondays
 13:05  13:55
 Thursdays
 11:05  11:55
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Description
The content of the notes, which has been selected from the material in the references at the end, is intended to prepare the learner to explore the applications of commutative algebra to a broad range of research areas.
Within the lecture notes, there are several exercises at the end of each section.
Every student is encouraged to attempt as many of these as they wish, and more from the selected bibliography.
Your lecturer will recommend some (bi)weekly exercises, taken from the notes, and the solutions of these will be made available on the MAGIC website by the end of the course.
Every student should be familiar with the relevance of engaging with the practical aspects of a course.
The entire material covered in lectures is examinable, including the exercises. More details about examination will follow in due time.
For the computeralgebra enthusiasts, I included the reference of a resource which may be of interest, and I also would recommend the numerous possibilities offered by MAGMA: http://magma.maths.usyd.edu.au/magma/.
We do not use any of them in the course, and no assessment component will require any knowledge of software.
Prerequisites
Syllabus
2. Modules
3. Integral dependence
4. Prime and maximal ideal spectra
5. A brief taste of algebraic geometry: algebraic sets and Hilbert's Nullstellensatz
6. Primary decomposition
7. Dimension in commutative rings.
Lecturer

NM
Professor Nadia Mazza
 University
 University of Lancaster
Bibliography
Follow the link for a book to take you to the relevant Google Book Search page
You may be able to preview the book there and see links to places where you can buy the book. There is also link marked 'Find this book in a library'  this sometimes works well, but not always  you will need to enter your location, but it will be saved after you do that for the first time.
 A Primer of Commutative Algebra (J. Milne, web) Download
 A Singular introduction to commutative algebra (G.M. Greuel and G. Pfister, book)
 Alg\`ebre commutative. \'Elements de math\'ematiques [French], or English translation; any edition (N. Bourbaki, book)
 Algebra (T. W. Hungerford, book)
 Algebra (S. Lang, book)
 Algebra  A graduate course (I.M. Isaacs, book)
 Basic Algebra I and II (N. Jacobson, book)
 Commutative algebra: Constructive methods. Finite projective modules (H. Lombardi and C. Quitt'e, book)
 Commutative algebra. With a view toward algebraic geometry (D. Eisenbud, book)
 Introduction to Commutative Algebra (M. Atiyah and I. MacDonald, book)
 Undergraduate commutative algebra (M. Reid, book)
Assessment
The assessment for this course will be released on Monday 8th January 2024 at 00:00 and is due in before Friday 19th January 2024 at 11:00.
Assessment for all MAGIC courses is via takehome exam which will be made available at the release date (the start of the exam period).
You will need to upload a PDF file with your own attempted solutions by the due date (the end of the exam period).
If you have kept uptodate with the course, the expectation is it should take at most 3 hoursâ€™ work to attain the pass mark, which is 50%.
Please note that you are not registered for assessment on this course.
Lectures
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