MAT 614 — Fall 2012 Problem Sets MAT 614 — Fall 2012 Syllabus

MAT 614 Course Webpage
Topics in Algebraic Geometry: Curves on Algebraic Varieties
Mon Wed 4PM — 5:20PM, Math Tower 5—127

Fall 2012

  • Problem sets
  • Syllabus

  • Course Announcements
  • Course Description
  • Prerequisites
  • Text
  • Lectures
  • Office Hours
  • Disability Support Services
  • Academic Integrity
  • Critical Incident Management

  • Course Announcements Announcements about the course will be posted here. Please check the site regularly for announcements (which will also be given in lecture and/or in recitation).

    Course Description The study of rational curves in smooth, projective varieties forms one of the key tools in higher-dimensional algebraic geometry. We will review classical results such as Castelnuovo's criterion, we will study a few of the many ways that rational curves arise in the minimal model program, e.g. the cone and contraction theorems, and finally we will end with an overview of results from the past 10-15 years applying parameter spaces of curves to get refined information for those varieties containing many rational curves (i.e., uniruled and rationally connected varieties). Time permitting, I will also discuss rational simple connectedness, a new notion with applications to existence of rational points of varieties, among others. The only prerequisite is an understanding of algebraic geometry at the level of a typical graduate textbook (algebraic geometry over fields other than the complex numbers plays a crucial role, even for proving theorems about complex varieties).

    Prerequisites Students should have passed the graduate algebra sequence. A basic understanding of the language of modern algebraic geometry will also be essential.

    Text There is no required textbook. For the first part of the course, I recommend the following two excellent textbooks.

    For the second part of the course, we will mostly follow the original articles.

    Lectures The instructor for this course is Jason Starr. All instruction will occur in lectures. The tentative schedule is in the syllabus.

    Lecture is held Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00 PM — 5:20PM in Math Tower 5—127.

    Office Hours

    Grading System The grading system will be discussed at the first class meeting.

    Disability Support Services If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, 128 ECC Building (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

    Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following web site: and search Fire Safety and Evacuation and Disabilities.

    Academic Integrity Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instance of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at

    Critical Incident Management Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, and/or inhibits students' ability to learn.

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    Jason Starr
    4-108 Math Tower
    Department of Mathematics
    Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3651
    Phone: 631-632-8270
    Fax: 631-632-7631
    Jason Starr