Computational Commutative Algebra
WS 2020/2021

Dietrich Burde

Lectures: Tuesday 14:00 - 14:45 and Wednesday 14:00 - 15:30 Online via Moodle

Exercises: Tuesday 10:00-10:45 in SR11

  • This page contains informations and pdf-files for this lecture and its exercise class.
  • Commutative algebra studies commutative rings, their ideals, and modules over such rings. It has a long and fascinating history, and it is also a fundamental basis for algebraic geometry, invariant theory and algebraic number theory. In the second half of the 19th century, two concrete classes of commutative rings (and their ideal theory) marked the beginning of commutative algebra: rings of integers of algebraic number fields, on the one hand, and polynomial rings occurring in classical algebraic geometry and invariant theory, on the other hand. In the first half of the 20th century, after the basics of abstract algebra had been established, commutative algebra was developed further by E. Noether, E. Artin, W. Krull, B. L. van der Waerden, and others. This was applied in the 1940's to classical algebraic geometry by C. Chevalley, O. Zariski, and A. Weil, creating a revolution in this field. The 1950's and 1960's saw the development of the structural theory of local rings, the foundations of algebraic multiplicity theory, Nagata's counter-examples to Hilbert's 14th problem, the introduction of homological methods into commutative algebra, and other pioneering achievements. However, the most important mark of this period was A. Grothendieck's creation of the theory of schemes, the (till now) ultimate revolution of algebraic geometry. His foundational work lead to a far-reaching alliance of commutative algebra and algebraic geometry.

    Nowadays also many computational methods have been developed, and the field of computer algebra is of growing interest. In particular we should mention Groebner bases and its applications.

  • Here is a syllabus and a bibliography available.

  • Exercises: Participation is only possible for those present in the first meeting at the beginning of October. In general, presence is mandatory for the exercise class. Students being absent more than one time will be signed out. This will not apply in case of illness with a medical certificate. However, these rules only apply when the COVID-19 situation allows it. There are 38 exercises in total. Exercises 7,14,21,28,35 are extra tasks, which are voluntary. For each week everyone is supposed to prepare three exercises, i.e., we start with 1,2,3 for the second week, then 4,5,6 (and extra 7 if you like) for the third week, then 8,9,10, etc.

    Exam 2021:

    Planned 27th of January 2021, 14:00 - 15:00, see here.


    No. Topic Date pdf-file
    1 Lecture notes 2020 commutative_algebra.pdf
    2 Exercises 2020 exercises.pdf

    Topics for the exam:

    1. Basic notions and examples of commutative rings.
    2. Localizations
    3. Noetherian rings
    4. Affine algebraic sets and Zariski-Topology
    5. Gröbner Bases
    6. Module Theory
    7. Integral ring extensions
    8. Dedekind rings and DVRs (discrete valuation rings)

    Dietrich Burde
    Last modified: Fr Sep 11 16:24:42 CEST 2020