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A homogeneous polynomial is also called a form. An affine algebraic curve of degree n with equation f (x, y) = 0 defines a homogeneous polynomial F (ξ, η, ζ ) = ζ n f (ξ/ζ, η/ζ ), and hence a projective curve with equation F (ξ, η, ζ ) = 0. It is easy to see that intersecting this curve with the affine plane A23 gives us the original affine curve, to which it therefore only adds points at infinity with ζ = 0. If the equation of the projective curve is F (ξ, η, ζ ) = 0, then that of the corresponding affine curve is f (x, y) = 0, where f (x, y) = F (x, y, 1).

An algebraic curve in P2 , or a projective algebraic plane curve is defined in homogeneous coordinates by an equation F (ξ, η, ζ ) = 0, where F is a homogeneous polynomial. Then whether F (ξ, η, ζ ) = 0 holds or not is independent of the choice of the homogeneous coordinates of a point; that is, it is preserved on passing from ξ , η, ζ to ξ = λξ , η = λη, ζ = λζ with λ = 0. A homogeneous polynomial is also called a form. An affine algebraic curve of degree n with equation f (x, y) = 0 defines a homogeneous polynomial F (ξ, η, ζ ) = ζ n f (ξ/ζ, η/ζ ), and hence a projective curve with equation F (ξ, η, ζ ) = 0.

Sm (x)). This is of course a regular map. We prove that f (X) ⊂ Y . Indeed, if H ∈ AY then H (t1 , . . , tm ) = 0 in k[Y ], hence also ϕ(H ) = 0 on X. Let x ∈ X; then H (f (x)) = ϕ(H )(x) = 0, and therefore f (x) ∈ Y . Definition A regular map f : X → Y of closed sets is an isomorphism if it has an inverse, that is, if there exists a regular map g : Y → X such that f ◦ g = 1 and g ◦ f = 1. In this case we say that X and Y are isomorphic. An isomorphism is obviously a one-to-one correspondence.