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Applied Algebraic Geometry (Small Specialization Module)
(dt. Algorithmische und Angewandte Algebraische Geometrie (Kleines Vertiefungsmodul))

Level, degree of commitment in original study programme Advanced module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (3 SWS), recitation class (1 SWS) oder lecture (2 SWS), seminar (2 SWS),
180 hours (60 h attendance, 120 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
6 CP
Course requirement: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises or presentation with written assignment.
Examination type: Written or oral examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for study course M.Sc. Mathematics.
Original study programme M.Sc. Mathematik / Vertiefungsbereich Mathematik
One semester,
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Volkmar Welker


Algorithmic methods of algebraic geometry are presented (e.g. Gröbner bases). In addition to theoretical principles and algorithms, exemplary applications can also be explained (e.g. in optimization, statistics, algorithmic complexity, etc.).

Qualification Goals


  • understand und use algorithmic methods in the theory of commutative rings,
  • can use algorithmic methods to analyze and solve problems in applied mathematics,
  • can formulate problems of applied mathematics as problems of polynomial systems of equations (resp. in terms of affine or projective varieties).

They deepen

  • the practice of mathematical methods (development of mathematical intuition and its formal justification, training of the ability to abstract, proof methods),
  • in the problem sets, their oral communication skills through discussion and free speech in front of an audience.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: either Foundations of Mathematics and Linear Algebra I and Linear Algebra II or Basic Linear Algebra, either Analysis I and Analysis II or Basic Real Analysis, Algebra.

Recommended Reading

  • W.W. Adams, P. Loustaunau, An introduction to Gröbner bases, AMS, 1994.
  • G. Blekherman, P.A. Parillo, R. Thomas, Semidefinite optimization and convex algebraic geometry, SIAM, 2013.
  • M. Drton, B. Sturmfels, S. Sullivant, Lectures on algebraic statistics, Birkhäuser, 2010.
  • J.M. Landsberg, Tensors and applications, AMS, 2012.

Please note:

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