## Overview

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

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

## Textbook

*Enumerative Geometry and String Theory*by Sheldon Katz.

## Grading

Homework and Class participation 50%Midterm Exam 20%

Final Exam 20%

Final project 10%

## Homework

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.