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At present we define a class of algebraic varieties that will play a foundational role in all the subsequent definitions. Since the word variety will be reserved for the more general notions, we use a different word here. We write An for the n-dimensional affine space over the field k. Thus its points are of the form α = (α1 , . . , αn ) with αi ∈ k. Definition A closed subset of An is a subset X ⊂ An consisting of all common zeros of a finite number of polynomials with coefficients in k. We will sometimes say simply closed set for brevity.

Consider the map ϕ : An → An defined by p p ϕ(α1 , . . , αn ) = α1 , . . , αn . This is obviously a regular map. The important thing is that it takes X ⊂ An to itself. Indeed, if α ∈ X, that is, Fi (α) = 0, then since Fi (T ) ∈ Fp [T ], it follows from propp p erties of fields of characteristic p that Fi (α1 , . . , αn ) = (Fi (α1 , . . , αn ))p = 0. The map ϕ : X → X obtained in this way is called the Frobenius map. Its significance is that the points of X with coordinates in Fp are characterised among all points of p X as the fixed points of ϕ.

If we translate P to the origin, we can say that (0, 0) is singular if f does not have constant or linear terms. A point 14 1 Basic Notions Figure 5 A cusp is nonsingular if it is not singular, that is, if fx (P ) or fy (P ) = 0. A curve all of whose points are nonsingular is nonsingular or smooth. 2). For an irreducible curve, either fx vanishes at only finitely many points of the curve, or fx is divisible by f . However, since fx has smaller degree than f , the latter is only possible if fx = 0.