**Begin: Thu March 3, 12:15-13:45** in the new seminar
room **SR NT02008**, Kopernikusgasse 24, 2nd floor.
So far, we have reserved the room for Thu and Mon 12-14, but the
times are flexible: we will discuss possible times at the first
lecture March 3. If you are interested but not able to make it
Thu March 3 at 12:15, send email.

The subject of the course is the **theory of commutative
rings**, with emphasis on **valuations**
and those classes of rings that can be defined using valuations:
**Dedekind domains, Prüfer rings, Krull rings**.

The course supplies fundamental prerequisites for algebraic number
theory (Dedekind domains) and for algebraic geometry (Hilbert's
Nullstellensatz). Also included in this course is a brief introduction
to point-set topology. I will supply **typed course notes**
in English.

Connections to **Topological Methods in Commutative Algebra**:
This course also supplies the prerequisites for a course in Fall 2016/17
"Topological Methods in Commutative Algebra" by Carmelo Finocchiaro, one
of the foremost experts on this topic. His course is highly recommended
for anybody interested in algebra and/or topology.

Sophie Frisch

*frisch@math.tugraz.at*