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Example 26.14.4 (Projective line). Let $k$ be a field. Let $X_1 = \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(k[x])$, let $X_2 = \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(k[y])$. Let $0 \in X_1$ be the point corresponding to the maximal ideal $(x) \subset k[x]$. Let $\infty \in X_2$ be the point corresponding to the maximal ideal $(y) \subset k[y]$. Let $U_{12} = X_1 \setminus \{ 0\} = D(x) = \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(k[x, 1/x])$ and let $U_{21} = X_2 \setminus \{ \infty \} = D(y) = \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(k[y, 1/y])$. Let $\varphi _{12} : U_{12} \to U_{21}$ be the isomorphism coming from the isomorphism of $k$-algebras $k[y, 1/y] \to k[x, 1/x]$ mapping $y$ to $1/x$. Let $\mathbf{P}^1_ k$ be the scheme obtained from the glueing data $(X_1, X_2, U_{12}, U_{21}, \varphi _{12}, \varphi _{21} = \varphi _{12}^{-1})$. Via the slight abuse of notation introduced above the example we think of $X_ i \subset \mathbf{P}^1_ k$ as open subschemes. In this case we see that $\Gamma (\mathbf{P}^1_ k, \mathcal{O}) = k$ because the only polynomials $g(x)$ in $x$ such that $g(1/y)$ is also a polynomial in $y$ are constant polynomials. Since $\mathbf{P}^1_ k$ is infinite we see that $\mathbf{P}^1_ k$ is not affine.

We claim that there exists an affine open $U \subset \mathbf{P}^1_ k$ which contains both $0$ and $\infty $. Namely, let $U = \mathbf{P}^1_ k \setminus \{ 1\} $, where $1$ is the point of $X_1$ corresponding to the maximal ideal $(x - 1)$ and also the point of $X_2$ corresponding to the maximal ideal $(y - 1)$. Then it is easy to see that $s = 1/(x - 1) = y/(1 - y) \in \Gamma (U, \mathcal{O}_ U)$. In fact you can show that $\Gamma (U, \mathcal{O}_ U)$ is equal to the polynomial ring $k[s]$ and that the corresponding morphism $U \to \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(k[s])$ is an isomorphism of schemes. Details omitted.


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