Math 189: Algebraic Geometry

Spring 2011


In this topics course, we will study modern aspects of algebraic geometry related to theoretical physics, moduli spaces, and computational techniques.


Dagan Karp
1267 Olin
Office hours: Wed 3:00-4:00 p.m., and by appointment

Ursula Whitcher
Olin B160
Office hours: Mon 4-5 and by appointment


Enumerative Geometry and String Theory by Sheldon Katz.


Homework and Class participation 50%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
Final project 10%


There are three homework components: written submissions, oral presentations, and Critical Readings (see below).

On Tuesdays, oral presentations of homework problems will be given. Two of those will be selected for careful write-up, and those are due on Thursdays.The homework schedule is posted on Sakai.

Please consult the HMC mathematics homework format guidelines for helpful tips on homework submission and formatting.

Critical Readings

In addition to the written homework, suggested readings will be posted on the homework page. By Thursday at 9 a.m., read the corresponding material, and submit one or two written questions and/or comments via Sakai Assignments.

The goals of the critical reading exercises are manifold: to better the student's independent intake of mathematical exposition, to train in independent learning, to increase the interactive nature of the course (by allowing the instructor to respond to the questions and comments), and to make the course more tailored to the specific curiosities of the class as a whole.


We will use our Sakai site fairly heavily in conjunction with this class. Please be aware of its existence.


Students interested in using LaTeX for homework typesetting may find Eric Malm's Problem Set Class useful.


Students who need disability-related accommodations are encouraged to discuss this with the instructor as soon as possible.