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I was under the impression that all 2-forms are the wedge (^) of two 1-forms. Is it possible to have a 2-form that you can't write as A^B with A,B 1-forms?

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The question in your title is the opposite of the question in the body of your thread. Mariano is responding to the latter. –  Ryan Budney Oct 6 '10 at 2:25

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Yes, it is possible. (And you should find an example yourself: I will not deprive you of the joy of finding it :) )

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Would dA^dB+dC^dD (in R^4) be an example? It's a two form but it can't be written as A^B –  JimJones Oct 6 '10 at 2:18
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@JimJones: your example works, but you should not be satisfied until you have a proof of this. Just because you try to write it as the wedge of two one-forms and fail is of course not enough... –  Pete L. Clark Oct 6 '10 at 2:44
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@Mariano, awesome answer –  BBischof Oct 6 '10 at 2:44
    
I still just don't understand –  JimJones Oct 6 '10 at 12:51
    
@JimJones. I assume that $A,B,C,D$ in your first formula are functions... (Maybe I could add to Mariano's answer: simply look at the definition of 2-forms and remember something about linear independence.) –  a.r. Oct 6 '10 at 12:52

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