Course Title:  Commutative Algebra
Course Number: MATH 530
Course Credits: 3 credits

Instructor: Dr. Janet Vassilev
Office: SMLC 324
Office Hours:  WF 11 am - 12 noon and M 3 - 4 pm or by appointment.
Telephone: (505) 277-2214

Class Time: MWF 2-2:50 pm
Class Location: SMLC 120
Semester: Fall 2019

Course Description and Goals:  This is a graduate level course in commutative algebra.  We will learn the basic techniques of commutative ring theory especially for Noetherian rings and use these skills to identify rings as Regular, Gorenstein or Cohen-Macaulay. 

Student Learning Outcomes
Suggested Texts:  Commutative Ring Theory by Matsumura, Introduction to Commutative Algebra by Atiyah and MacDonald and Commutative Algebra with a view toward Algebraic Geometry by Eisenbud.

Course Requirements

Homework (150 points):  Each week I will post several problems to this website pertaining to the topics covered during the week.  Each problem will be worth 5 points.  You are expected to do 30 problems throughout the course of the semester chosen from the suggested problems.

Assignment of Grades:    A+:  150 points or more.
                                           A:    135-149 points.
                                           B:    120-134 points.
                                           C:    105-199 points.
                                           F:     104 points and below.

Tentative Schedule:

Suggested Homework
Week 1
Commutative rings and ideals
Week 2
Week 3
Chain Conditions and Localization
Week 4
Spec and Associated Primes
Week 5
Flatness and completion

Week 6
Integral Extensions and Valuation Rings

Week 7
Dedekind Rings

Week 8
Graded Rings and Hilbert Functions

Week 9
Systems of parameters and multiplicity

Week 10
Regular sequences and the Koszul complex

Week 11
Cohen Macaulay Rings

Week 12
Gorenstein Rings

Week 13
Regular Rings

Week 14

Week 15
Complete Intersection Rings


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