## Junior Algebra & Geometry Seminar

### - Spring 2017 -

**TIME:** 4:00-5:00.

**ROOM:** 628.

**ORGANIZERS:** Timo de Wolff and Taylor Brysiewicz.

**Email:** dewolff(at)math.tamu.edu, tbrysiewicz(at)math.tamu.edu

**CONTENT:**
The talks in this seminar will be given by a (different) faculty member or senior graduate student every week. Each will focus on a "general topic" in algebra or geometry and will be:
- easy to understand,
- accessible for a first year graduate student, and
- (almost) proof free, focussing on intuition instead.

**GOAL:** The goal of this seminar is to:
- provide graduate students with quality overviews about key topics in algebra and geometry,
- give students ideas of what they might want to explore in the future, and
- aid in making other related seminars (such as the Geometry Seminar, the Algebra & Combinatorics Seminar) more accessible.

**SCHEDULE:**
**Jan 25:** Short organizational meeting.
**Jan 31:** Anne Shiu: "What should I know about discrete geometry?"
**Feb 07:** Timo de Wolff: "Introduction to Tropical Geometry"
**Feb 14:** Zheng Zhang: "What are ADE Singularities?"
**Feb 21:** Kevin Kordek: "What is a Sheaf?"
**Mar 7:** Kevin Kordek: "What is a Scheme?"
**Mar 21:** Xiaoxian Tang: "Introduction to Real Root Classification"
**Mar 28:** Link to Foias Lecture(No JAG due to Foias Lecture)
**Apr 04:** Jens Forsgård: "A-Discriminants"