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On duality on finite projective planes

Hey Everyone! In nearly all (if not all) projective geometry texts I have bumped into the following theorem: "Principle of duality: If in a theorem in $\mathfrak{P}$ one switches the word point for ...
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sphere with projective structure

In " Geometric structures on low-dimensional manifolds " , section 2 , we have : given a projective tame 3-manifold with radial ends , each end surface has a projective structure since a developing ...
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Dual of a weighted projective space

I have a fairly good understanding of what the dual of a projective space is. I am currently interested in weighted projective space but I haven't found anything on the construction of its dual space ...
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A Problem about affine transformation

Problem: Suppose that $f:\;\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}^2$ is an injective mapping from the 2-dimensional Euclidean plane into itself which maps lines into (instead of onto) lines and whose range ...
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Independent generic/general points over some prime field

The first paragraph of this question shows the construction of the first counter example to Hilbert's 14th Problem. There, we start from a prime field $P$ of arbitrary characteristic, i.e., $P=\Bbb Q$ ...
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What is the ideal corresponding to the Plücker embedding?

Let $S$ be a noetherian scheme, $\mathcal{E}$ a quasi-coherent sheaf on $S$ and let $d \in \mathbb{N}$. There is a Plücker embedding $\omega : \mathrm{Grass}_d(\mathcal{E}) \hookrightarrow ...
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finite surjective morphism to the projective line

Let X a smooth projective curve over $\mathbb{C}$. We fix $d$ distinct closed points $x_{1},\dots,x_{d}$. Can we find a finite surjective morphism $\pi:X\rightarrow\mathbb{P}^{1}$ and local ...
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Is Wikipedia correct about desarguesian projective planes being self-dual?

I stumbled over a statement on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duality_%28projective_geometry%29 and would like to ask how this could possibly be true. It states the following The ...
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(3,3) abelian surface and k3 surfaces

SOrry for the very specific question, but curiosity bites.... So here's the story: an idecomposable principally polarized abelian surface is embedded in $P^8=|3\Theta |^* $ as a deg 18 surface A. ...
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octic K3s inside cubic 4-folds

From the Thesis of B.Hassett I seem to understand that a smooth cubic 4-fold $X$ containing a $\mathbb{P}^2$ should contain also a octic K3, but I cannot see a natural way by which this K3 octic could ...
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Does every ellipse inside a tetrahedron inside a ball fit in a triangle inside the ball?

In three-dimensional euclidean space, consider the closed unit ball $B$. Let $T$ be a tetrahedron, and $E$ an ellipse, with $E \subset T \subset B$. Does there necessarily exist a triangle $T'$ with ...
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Fields over which cubic hypersurfaces are rational

All cubic hypersurfaces having at least one double point are birational to some $P^n$ over an algebraically closed field. How does the statement change as I pass to non alg closed fields? Does it hold ...
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complement of a codimension-one projective subspace

The complement of a codimension-one projective subspace of $\mathbb{R}\mathbf{P}^{3}$ is identifiable in a geodesic structure preserving manner with an affine $3$-space so that the group of projective ...
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What is projective duality from modern point of view ? (correspondence ? Fourier on D-mod ? Aut of D(Coh) ?)

Consider vector space V and its dual V^* then to any line subspace in V one can correspond its kernel in V^* which is hyperplane. Projective duality states that this correspondence satisfies many ...
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lefschetz theorem for quadrics

Does there exist an analogue of Lefschetz Hyperplane Theorem for cohomology that holds for intersections with (smooth) quadrics?
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How do I find the set of all lines lying on a general quadric in $\mathbb{CP}^3$?

I have heard that this set is the disjoint union of two conics in $Gr(2,4)$, but I do not have an original reference. Does anyone either have such a reference, or know a way of seeing this?
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When does a planar ternary ring uniquely coordinitise a projective plane?

From every projective plane a coordinitisation can be constructed on a planar ternary ring, and conversely from every planar ternary ring a projective plane can be constructed. (For background see ...
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Galois group decomposition of non-cyclic covers

If $\pi: C \rightarrow \mathbb{P}^{1}$ is a cyclic cover of $\mathbb{P}^{1}$ with Galois group $\mathbb{Z}/m \mathbb{Z}$ and thus with the (affine) formula $y^{m}= ...
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Equations for abelian coverings of $\mathbb{P^{1}}$

Cyclic coverings of $\mathbb{P^{1}}$ have a simple (affine) equation, namely the formula, $y^{m}= (x_{1}-a_{1})^{t_{1}}....(x_{n}-a_{n})^{t_{n}}$. Is there such a nice equation for abelian non-cyclic ...
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Projective spaces with nonconstant regular functions

I can construct a scheme by patching that represents a projective space over an arbitrary ring. I can also prove that, if the ring is a Jacobson domain, the only regular functions on it are constants. ...
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What is the Birkhoff norm of a Perron vector?

Let $A$ be a positive matrix. What is known about the Birkhoff norm of its Perron vector? By the Birkhoff norm of a vector $x$ I refer to the quantity $\frac{\max{x}}{\min{x}}$. P.S. This is ...
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Mapping multivariate polynomial inequalities system to subspace

What I will ask, more than a solution, is better mathematical definition of my problem and directions to find the solution. I have a set of linear equations, e.g.: \begin{align} d_1 &= L_1 - ...
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Geometric interpretation of the exact sequence for the cotangent bundle of the projective space

Edit: As Dan Petersen pointed out, this question is a duplicate of a previous one. I would leave it for the moderators to decide if this should be closed. On the other hand, may be this should be ...
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invariant lines avoiding fixed subvarieties

Could anybody help me with the following question ? Assume we are given: (1) a finite order (linear) automorphism $g$ of the complex projective space $\mathbb{P}^r$, (2) a closed algebraic ...
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Basics(?) about quasi-coherent modules on projective schemes

EDIT. (05-04-12) I have revised and improved the questions. Let $A$ be a commutative $\mathbb{N}$-graded $R$-algebra, which is finitely generated by $A_1$ as an $A_0$-algebra. You may also assume ...
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(Second) Chern class of projective space, blown up in a linear subvariety

I already asked the same question at stack exchange but got no response for quite a while, so I thought I'd ask here. I also know that this has a certain resemblance to this question, but I cannot ...
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In what sense is a generically submersive morphism of varieties subermersive over singular points?

Background/Motivation I'm currently interested in the duality theorem for projective varieties and more specifically in properties of the conormal variety over the dual variety. Let $V$ be a ...
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Are there n polynomials for which all intersection multiplicities are at least m?

I don't know whether this is known or not, but I was thinking of the following problem. Let $n$ and $m$ be natural numbers. Are there $n$ polynomial $f_1,...,f_n\in \mathbb{C}[x]$, such that all of ...
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Explaining the concept of projective space: notes for students

This is a question on teaching. I am teaching at this moment a course in algebraic geometry for master students on a very basic level. Today (this was the fourth lecture) I discovered that only four ...
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projective camera: back-projecting a point on the image plane into 3-space

suppose I got a projective camera model. for this model I would like to back-project a ray through a point in the image plane. I know that the equation for this is the following: $$ y(\lambda) = P^+_0 ...
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Original proof of Pappus' Hexagon Theorem

Does anyone know where I can find an english translation, preferrably online or in a book the library of a small liberal arts college would be likely to have, of the original proof of Pappus' hexagon ...
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How to construct S(5,8,24)

I am aware of one construction technique, involving 8-dimensional subspaces of a 24-dimensioinal vector space to create the octads. This technique is shown in 12 Sporadic Groups. However. I am ...
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Proper morphism sending coherent to coherent

Hello, Is there a proof that the push forward by a proper morphism of Noetherian schemes sends coherent sheaves to coherent ones, without passing in the argument through projective morphisms? Thank ...
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Vocabulary of 19th Century analytic projective geometry: What are “order” and “dimension”?

I am trying to understand the following introductory passage in an early lecture by the philosopher/mathematician Gottlob Frege because I am interested in how Frege conceived of the role of geometric ...
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A weird action of SL_3 on a pair of lines

Let us consider the complex projective plane $P^2$ and two distinct lines $L,L'\subset P^2$. Let us moreover consider the restriction of the natural action of $SL_3$ to $L\cup L'$. Can you tell in ...
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Are cubic four-folds containing a quartic scroll pfaffians?

Let $X\subset \mathbb{P}^5$ a smooth pfaffian smooth cubic fourfold hypersurface. It is easy to see that such a hypersurface must contain a quartic scroll surface. I wonder about the inverse question. ...
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Accumulation of algebraic subvarieties: Near one subvariety there are many others (?), 3

Part 3 of this series of questions. In the meantime, I realized that there is some very simple question that was left open in Accumulation of algebraic subvarieties: Near one subvariety there are many ...
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Ample divisors on blown-up projective space

Let $\mathbb{P}=\mathrm{Proj}(\mathbb{C}[x_0,\ldots,x_n])$ be complex projective $n$-space. Assume I have linear subvarieties $L_1,\ldots,L_k\in\mathbb{P}$ of codimension $r_i\ge 2$, respectively. Let ...
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Action of $SL_{n+1}$ on couples of linear spaces in $\mathbb{P}^n$.

Let $SL_{n+1}$ act on $\mathbb{P}^n$ in the natural way. Suppose I take two linear subspaces $\mathbb{P}^m$ and $\mathbb{P}^{n-m}$, with $m < n$, that intersect in one point. Is the action of ...
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Configuration space of flags

Let $U\subset \mathbb{P}^1\times\mathbb{P}^1\times\mathbb{P}^1\times\mathbb{P}^1$ be the Zariksi open set of ordered quadruple of distinct points in the projective line. The quotient of $U$ by the ...
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Sections of a fibration in intersections of quadrics

Suppose that we have a smooth variety $X$ of dimension $n$ that fibers (a flat morphism) over a curve $Y$, and s.t. the fibers of $X \to Y$ are all complete interesections of two quadric hypersurfaces ...
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Does the normalization of a projective morphism determine the line bundle?

Let $X$ be a smooth, complete algebraic variety and suppose I have two projective, birational morphisms $$f:X \to \mathbb{P}^n$$ and $$g:X \to \mathbb{P}^m,$$ such that the image of $f$ is the ...
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Line bundles, linear systems and normalization

One example that I always have in mind is that the plane nodal (or even the plane cuspidal) cubic curve $X$ is obtained by an appropirate 2-dim linear subsystem of $|\mathcal{O} (3)|$ on ...
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Components of an exceptional divisor

Let $X$ be a projective variety and let $\tilde{X}$ be the blow-up of $X$ at a subscheme $Z$. Let $F$ be the exceptional divisor of $\tilde{X}$. I wonder: What is the number of irreducible ...
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Generalisations of Riemann-Roch for surfaces

Let $X$ be a smooth projective algebraic surface (over $\mathbb{C}$ ). For all $L\in \mathrm{Pic}(X)$, we have $$\chi(L)=\chi(\mathcal{O}_X)+\frac{1}{2}(L^2-L\cdot \omega_X).$$ This is the famous ...
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intersecting sections on the projective line

This question is about intersection theory on the easiest (arithmetic) surface over $\mathbf{Z}$: $\mathbf{P}^1_{\mathbf{Z}}$. Suppose we are given two distinct $\mathbf{Q}$-rational points $b_1$ and ...
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How to solve geometry problems using involutions

Some geometry problems ( like this and this ) have short solutions if we use involutions. What references are there for solving geometry problems using involutions? I am particularly interested in ...
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projective geometry question

what is the three parameter family of plane projective transformations which fix a unit circle at the origin(that is map the unit circle to itself)? I understand that one such transformation is a ...
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Which 'well-known' algebraic geometric results do not hold in characteristic 2?

A smooth curve $X$ in $\mathbb{P}^n$ is strange if there is a point $p$ which lies on all the tangent lines of $X$. Examples are $\mathbb{P}^1$ is strange and so is $y=x^2$ in characteristic $2$. ...
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Projecting projective curves

I've been stuck for quite a while on what is probably a trivial problem. Let $X\subset\mathbb{P}^n$ be a smooth projective curve, and let $$\mathcal{I}=\{(p,q,r):p,q\in X,p\neq ...