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SCM0014408, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1159, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PLANAR ALGEBRIC CURVES
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Mathematics
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses MAT/03 Geometry 7.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Geometry 1.
Recommended courses: algebra and geometry courses of the first and second year.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to introduce students to the study of fundamental (elementary) aspects of algebraic curves in the affine and projective plane:
singular points, tangents, intersection, local analysis; classification of cubics and group law on elliptic curves.
Examination methods: The final examination consists of two parts, a written one and an oral one. The written test can be splitted in two partial tests ("compitini").
Assessment criteria: The written part is devoted to the study of the elementary aspects of a plane algebraic curve and to solving simple problems on theoretical topics of the course. The oral exam is intedended to evaluate theoretical skills acquired during the course and the ability to apply them.
Course unit contents: After recalling affine and projective spaces, we will study geometric properties of affine and projective curves by introducing algebraic tools that serve the purpose. These are the principal topics:
singular points and their tangent complexes, rational curves, polar curves; inflection points, Hessian curves (algebraic tool: algebraic differential calculus for polynomials).
Classification and geometry of the cubics; elliptic curves.
Intersection of plane curves, Bezout's theorem (algebraic tools: the resultant of two polynomials and the discriminant).
Local study of curves: branches, places, centers (algebraic tools: formal power series and Puiseux series).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Blackboard lectures and lectures with tablet.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The course is based on the course notes "Curve Algebriche Piane" by Maurizio Cailotto.
Exercises of the past exams are collected in a e-book.
Both sources and lecture files will be available on course Moodle page.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • One Note (digital ink)
  • Mathematica

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