Thomas Markwig Commutative Algebra - WS 2021/22
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Lecture: Di 10:15-11:45, N07
Fr 10:15-11:45, N03
Übungen: Do 08:15-09:45, N16 (Alheydis Geiger)


  1. Here you can download the results of the course evaluation.

  2. Link to the YouTube channel with the recordings of the lecture:

  3. Link to the handwritten notes in-class-exercises.

  4. Link to the handwritten lecture notes.

  5. Link for online participation in the lecture via Zoom:
  6. Here you can download the slides with information on the lecture:

  7. It is currently planned to offer the course (lecture and tutorial) on site in the lecture hall as a face-to-face course, but also to stream it online and to leave it up to the participants whether they want to take part in face-to-face or online. The lecture units are also to be made available as videos so that they can also be viewed asynchronously.
    As things stand, attendance in person is only possible for students who meet one of the 3G criteria (vaccinated, recovered, tested).

  8. The example classes start in the first week of the lecture period. We will meet in room N14 where the computer algebra system Singular will be introduced. This will be very helpful to compute examples. Those who have their own laptop should bring it along and, if possible, have Singular installed on the computer beforehand: Singular can also be used online:
  9. If you intend to participate in the example classes please register online via:


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There will be no official lecture notes to this lecture. However, you can download here the notes Simon Hampe took during the course a couple of years ago:
Lecture notes by Simon Hampe.

Als weitere Literatur empfehle ich:
Michael F. Atiyah, Ian G. MacDonald Introduction to Commutative Algebra, Addison Wesley.
Hideyuki Matsumura, Commutative Ring Theory, CUP.
Hideyuki Matsumura, Commutative Algebra.
David Eisenbud, Commutative Algebra with a View towards Algebraic Geometry, Springer.
Gert-Martin Greuel, Gerhard Pfister, A Singular Introduction to Commutative Algebra, Springer.
Winfried Bruns, Zahlentheorie, Osnabrücker Schriften zur Mathematik.


A natural generalisation of the notion of a vector space over a field is that of a module over a (commutative) ring (e.g. every abelian group is a module over the ring of integers). Here, we merely dispense with the fact that the scalars have multiplicative inverses - but the effects are "devastating": a module generally no longer has a basis and we lose the notion of "dimension". Linear algebra was taught in the first semesters as a theory of finite-dimensional vector spaces, and much depended on the vector spaces considered having "finite dimension". We will learn in the lecture some "finiteness conditions" that generalise and replace the notion of finite dimension (finitely generated, noetherian, artinian, finite length).

However, dispensing with multiplicative inverses also leads to a richer structure in the rings themselves. If one considers a field as a vector space over itself, i.e. one considers the elements as vectors of length one, then it has only two subspaces. If, on the other hand, a ring is considered as a module over itself, it usually has many "submodules", which are usually called ideals. Certain (classes) of these ideals have a special significance. The lecture will pay special attention to maximal ideals, prime ideals and primary ideals (primary decomposition, Nil radical, Jacobsen radical). These can be identified with the points of geometric objects, leading to a fascinating interrelation between geometry and algebra, which is the subject of algebraic geometry.

Whenever one considers a structure (e.g. groups, vector spaces, topological spaces), one also considers structure-preserving mappings (e.g. group homorphisms, linear mappings, continuous mappings). In algebra, these are usually called "homomorphisms". Field homomorphisms are very restrictive. As soon as they do not map everything to zero, they are already injective. This is no longer the case with ring homorphisms. Again, rings allow a greater variety, which we will look at in excerpts in the lecture (integral ring extensions, Noether normalisation, going-up, going-down).

Finally, there is the notion of localisation, which is simply the concept of fractions. Just as rational numbers are introduced as fractions of integers in school (keeping in mind the reduction rules) to remedy the lack of multiplicative inverses in the ring of integers (even though no teacher would say so), one can (under good conditions) allow fractions in other rings and obtain interesting new structures (quotient rings, local rings, Nakayama Lemma).

The possibility of being able to decompose an integer into a product of primes makes the integer incredibly sympathetic ... and useful. Being able to usefully generalise this property to other rings therefore seems very desirable. Possible generalisations include factorial rings (such as the polynomial ring), Dedekind rings (which are of great interest in number theory) or, more generally, the theory of primary decomposition in Noetherian rings. The latter has an interesting geometric equivalent, namely the decomposition of a geometric space into its irreducible components (such as the splitting of the coordinate system defined by the equation x*y=0 into two straight lines).

Keywords: Rings and ideals, modules, Nakayama lemma, localization, Noetherian and Artinian rings, primary decomposition, Noether normalization and applications (finite and integral extensions, integral closure, dimension, Hilbert's Nullstellensatz), Krull's Principle Ideal Theorem, Dedekind domains.

Universität TübingenDept. of MathematicsSection AlgebraCAS SINGULAR Campus