Part III Commutative Algebra

Michaelmas Term 2017

This is the course webpage for the Cambridge Part III course in Commutative Algebra, running in Michaelmas Term 2017.

Course Administration

I am Alan Thompson and I will be teaching this course. If you wish to get in touch with me, my contact information may be found by clicking on the "Contact" link in the sidebar on the left, or by clicking here.

Lectures take place in MR3 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 11am until noon. The first lecture takes place on Friday 6th October and the last will be on Friday 1st December.

***There will be no lecture on Wednesday 25th October. To make up the time, the last lecture will take place on Friday 1st December***

A description of the course, including topics to be covered, prerequisites, and further reading, may be found here:

Course Description

Information on preparing yourself for this course may be found in the Algebra section of the Part III Preparation Resources. Pay particular attention to the "Basic Algebra" section of this page.

Exercise Sheets and Examples Classes

There will be four exercise sheets, which will be posted on this page on (or close to) Monday 9th October, Monday 23rd October, Monday 6th November, and Monday 20th November. Each exercise sheet will cover approximately two weeks' worth of material; note that this means that you may not be able to complete all of the questions on a given exercise sheet until some time after it is released.

Exercise Sheet 1

Exercise Sheet 2

Hints for Exercise Sheet 2

Exercise Sheet 3

Hints for Exercise Sheet 3

Exercise Sheet 4

Hints for Exercise Sheet 4

I will also run four examples classes; one for each exercise sheet. They will take place in MR4 at 2pm on:

Final Exam and Revision Class

The final exam for this course is currently scheduled to take place on Tuesday 5th June at 9am. Please confirm this date with the official Part III Examination Scedule prior to the exam. The exam will be 3 hours long. A copy of the rubric that will appear on the front page of the exam paper may be downloaded below.

Exam Rubric

***A revision class will take place on Friday 25th May, 2:00pm - 4:00pm in MR3.***

This page is maintained by Alan Thompson and was last updated on 23/04/18. Please email comments and corrections to amt69 (at)