# CCA Reading Group

This is the page for the Fall 2019 Combinatorial Commutative Algebra Reading Group, which is open to all UW Math grad students, but will require a certain amount of participation and work to receive credit.

## Resources

We plan to read Cox, Little, and O'Shea's *Ideals, Varieties, and Algorithms*, which can be found here: [1].

## Meeting Schedule

10 weeks total, starting week of Sept. 9, adjusting throughout semester.

Meetings twice per week for an hour, days and times TBD depending on participants' schedules.

Exact schedule may vary slightly from week to week as needed.

**Approximate Reading Schedule:**

1. Ch. 2: Grobner Bases, Sections 1-3

2. Ch. 2: Grobner Bases, Sections 4-6

3. Ch. 2: Grobner Bases, Sections 7-8

4. Exercises

5. Ch. 3: Elimination Theory, Sections 1-3

6. Ch. 3: Elimination Theory, Sections 4-6

7. Ch. 4: The Algebra-Geometry Dictionary, Sections 1-3

8. Ch. 4: The Algebra-Geometry Dictionary, Sections 4-6

8. Ch. 4: The Algebra-Geometry Dictionary, Sections 7-9

9. Catch up/guest lecture

10. Catch up/guest lecture

11. Ch. 5: Polynomial and Rational Functions on a Variety, Sections 1-3

12. Ch. 5: Polynomial and Rational Functions on a Variety, Sections 4-6

13. Ch. 8: Projective Algebraic Geometry, Sections 1-4

14. Ch. 8: Projective Algebraic Geometry, Sections 5-7

15. Exercises

16. Ch. 9: The Dimension of a Variety, Sections 1-3

17. Ch. 9: The Dimension of a Variety, Sections 4-6

18. Exercises

19. Catch up/guest lecture

20. Catch up/guest lecture

## General Meeting Structure

This reading group will be structured as follows. Every meeting will have an assigned speaker, who will usually be one of the reading group participants, but could at times be an older grad student or professor. It will be expected that everyone attending will read the assigned sections prior to the meeting. The speaker is expected to additionally work out some examples prior and will be responsible for lecturing on the reading material and guiding the group discussion during the meeting. The schedule will be pretty flexible and will be adjusted throughout the semester. Daniel Erman will be our faculty advisor, and in order to receive credit (up to 3 credits), participants will be expected to attend all meetings, be the speaker twice, and do several exercises. We will also use Macaulay2 during the exercise sessions to get comfortable both computing examples by hand and by using a computer.

**If you are interested in joining this reading group or have any questions, please contact Caitlyn Booms at cbooms@wisc.edu by Sept. 4, 2019.**