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Stiefel-Whitney Classes: Simple Example

I need help finding the Stiefel-Whitney classes $w_k(\eta)$ of the normal bundle of the $n$-sphere. Now since $H^k (S^n ; \mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}) =0$ for $k \neq 0,n$, then $w_k(\eta) =0$ for $k ...
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Topological dimension and derham cohomological dimension

If G is a compact complex manifold then does the topological dimension bound the deRham cohomological dimension below? By derham cohomological dimension, I mean the largest extended natrual number ...
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Equality of rank for homology and cohomology groups via the universal coefficient theorem

I'm having trouble understanding a passage from the proof of Corollary 3.37 in Hatcher's Algebraic Topology, namely the fact that the universal coefficient theorem implies $$ ...
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Proof: The dual of the Homology $(H_{n-k})^{*}$= Homology $H_{n-k}$ over the reals?

Proof: The dual of the Homology $(H_{n-k})^{*}$= Homology $H_{n-k}$ over the reals ? So by dual, I mean the linear maps on $H_{k}$. I need this to understand the Poincare duality i.e. $H_{k}\cong ...
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Existence of a suitable cover for $S^{2}$ and a given sheaf

I am trying to find a Leray covering for the 2-sphere with respect to the sheaf $\mathcal{F}=\mathbb{Z}$. I am also assuming that a contractible open covering satisfies $H^{i}(U,\mathbb{Z})$ for all ...
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Cohomology of Circle from unreduced Eilenberg-Steenrod Axioms

I would like to compute the cohomology groups of $S^1$ straight from the unreduced Eilenberg-Steenrod axioms. My motivation is to be able to calculate the cohomology group of spheres in any dimension ...
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equivariant cohomology in case of free actions (basic question)

Suppose $X$ is a topological space and $G$ is a topological group, and $G$ acts on $X$. Here is my question: If $G$ acts freely on $X$, then what are the maps showing $(X \times EG)/G$ is homotopy ...
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Question about Relative Cohomology

I need help with the following question please: Suppose that a space $X \subseteq Y $ retracts onto some subspace $A \subseteq X $. When do I have $H^\ast ( Y,X) \cong H^\ast (Y,A)$? Thanks.
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Biprojective $C^*$-algebra

Let $A$ be a Banach algebra. Define $\Delta:A\hat{\otimes}A\to A$ with $\Delta(\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n\otimes b_n)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_nb_n$. Now $A$ is called biprojective if there exists a bounded ...
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Surprising applications of cohomology

The concept of cohomology is one of the most subtle and powerful in modern mathematics. While its application to topology and integrability is immediate (it was probably how cohomology was born in the ...
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No symplectic structure on $S^{2n},\ n>1$

I am trying to show that there is no symplectic structure on the $2n$-dimensional sphere $S^{2n}$, where $n>1$. I've tried following these steps: (a) Given a compact $2n$-dimensional symplectic ...
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Solving an exercise in Milnor-stasheff's “characteristic classes”

I am trying to solve the following exercise (which is an exercise in Milnor-Stasheff's book). It basically says the following: Let $ M =S^n $ be the $n$-sphere and let $TM$ be its tangent ...
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De Rham cohomology of $T^*\mathbb{CP}^n$

I am a bit rusty on my de Rham cohomology, and I'm hoping that someone here could help me. I want to find the cohomology of $T^*\mathbb{CP}^n$ (seen as a real manifold). Now, this should be equal to ...
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Can we compare cohomology rings with different coefficients?

I have an example sheet that asks me to compute the cohomology rings for two spaces, say X and Y, with coefficients in $\mathbb{Z}$ and $\mathbb{Z}_d$ respectively. It then asks whether X and Y are ...
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$S^{1}$-bundles over $\mathbb{RP}^2$

How many $S^1$-bundles over $\mathbb{RP}^2$ do exist? Is it true that there exist only two bundles - trivial and not?
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Relating Ext groups of abelian groups and group cohomology

One can define $\mathrm{Ext}$-groups in the category of abelian groups (not $\mathbb{Z}[G]$-modules) and group cohomology in very similar ways. The second, group cohomology, can be computed in the ...
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Show that $H^{\prime} \cap A$ is a homomorphic image of $M(G)$

Let $H$ be a group and $A$ be a central subgroup of $H$ of finite index. Let $G =H/A$. Show that $H^{\prime} \cap A$ is a homomorphic image of $M(G)$. Here $H^{\prime}$ denotes the commutator ...
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How do you compute group cohomology in practice?

If you have a finite group $G$ and a finite $G$-module $K$, and you need to know $H^1(G,K)$ or $H^2(G,K)$, how do you do it? Do you use a computer algebra system? (If so, which one?) Do you use a ...
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Dolbeault cohomology on torus

Let $T=\mathbb{C}/\Gamma$ where $\Gamma$ is a lattice of $\mathbb C$. Given that $H_{dR}^1(T)=\mathbb{C}^2$. Prove that $H^{1,0}_\bar{\partial}(T)=\mathbb{C}$. I have no idea what to do. Can someone ...
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Cohomological Whitehead theorem

Let $X$ and $Y$ be CW complexes (resp. Kan complexes) and let $f : X \to Y$ be a continuous map (resp. morphism of simplicial sets). The following seems to be a folklore result: Theorem. The ...
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If M is a non-orientable closed connected 3 manifold prove H1(M) is an infinite group.

This is an example from a question sheet (non-assessed) of a university class. If M is a non-orientable, closed, connected 3 manifold, prove $H_1(M;\mathbb{Z})$ is an infinite group. I know that since ...
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second hochschild cohomology and extension

i started learning the theorem that says there is a one to one correspondence between Ext(A,M) and H^2(A,M). however, the proof is not clear. I managed to show that there is a well-define map U from ...
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Why do we have $H_2(X,\mathbb Z)\cong\mathbb Z$ for the quintic threefold $X\subset\mathbb P^4$?

Let us work over $\mathbb C$. In this article by S. Katz, it is stated that for a quintic threefold $X\subset \mathbb P^4$ one has $$H_2(X,\mathbb Z)\cong\mathbb Z.$$ Can anyone help me to see why ...
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Relation between $K$-theories

I apologize in advance if this question is too vague/general. I am curious to know how all of the different $K$-theories are related (algebraic $K$-theory, topological $K$-theory, twisted $K$-theory, ...
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Existence of Boundary Homomorphisms for Cohomology

I am just starting to learn the basics of cohomology and am confused about the construction of the cohomology groups. So given a group $G$, the idea is you take a projective resolution of $P_0 = ...
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Cohomology to compute number of holes?

Can one use cohomology to compute the number of holes in a space $E$, where $E=R\times R$, $R$ is a Riemann surface of genus $g$, - i.e., is $\dim(H^n(E))$, and by Künneth's formula, $H^{n}(E) \cong ...
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$H^k(\mathbb{C}P^2 \times \mathbb{C}P^2, \mathcal{O}^*(\mathbb{C}P^2 \times \mathbb{C}P^2))$

I'd like to try to compute Cech cohomology groups $H^k(\mathbb{C}P^2 \times \mathbb{C}P^2, \mathcal{O}^*(\mathbb{C}P^2 \times \mathbb{C}P^2))$, but I don't know how can I do it. In my notes the author ...
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Property of G-modules involving the invariant elements under the G-action

I am stuck at some basic fact I would like to prove. I tried proving it using $G-$orbits and cardinalities, but without success. Let $p$ be some prime number, $G$ be a finite $p-$group and $A$ a ...
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Explititly evaluating the Poincaré duality

Let $M$ be a closed 2-dimensional manifold (a surface). Assume that I have a more or less explicit expression for a Čech 2-cocyle $h_{ijk} \in H^2(M, G)$. I want to know the expression of $h_{ijk}$ as ...
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Algebraic Variety compact cohomology and singular cohomology.

Given an algebraic variety $X$ defined over the complex numbers and its compact cohomology $H^i_c(X)$, under what conditions it is possible to compute its singular cohomology $H^i(X)$.
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Cohomology with coefficients in a commutative ring, how are the chain groups defined?

I have been studying a course in algebraic topology that follows Hatcher's textbook on the subject. I have some queries as to how certain things are defined. The first part of the text defines the ...
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Does additivity of (equivariant) cohomology hold at the algebra level?

The additivity property of many (co)homology theories is that if $X = \bigsqcup_{i \in I} X_i$ then $H^*(X) = \bigoplus_{i\in I} H^*(X_i)$. This is usually either an axiom of the theory, can be proven ...
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Isomorphism in cohomology is an isomorphism in homology

Let $f:X \to Y$ be a continuous map between topological spaces and $R$ some coefficients. From the universal coefficient theorem for homology we immediatly get, that if $H_*(f,\mathbb{Z})$ is an ...
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Uniqueness of the cohomological functor

This question is from the chapter 'Cohomology of Groups' by Atiyah and Wall in Cassels' and Frohlich's book 'Algebraic Number Theory'. Let $G$ be a group. Theorem 1 on page 95 says that there is a ...
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A G-isomorphism of certain Hom groups

This question is from 'Cohomology of Groups' by Atiyah and Wall, p.95 of Cassels' and Frohlich's book 'Algebraic Number Theory'. Let $G$ be a group and $A={\rm Hom}_{\mathbb Z}(\mathbb Z[G],X)$ where ...
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Transgression homomorphism on cohomology

I have one confusion about the transgression homomorphism which I found in two different books. I am unable to show that they really are same. The first description of transgression homomorphism I ...
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Vanishing of higher direct images of a composition

In a paper I am studying we have the following situation. Let $S$ be the spectrum of a Dedekind domain, and let $X$, $Y$ and $Z$ be scheme of finite type over $S$, where $X$ and $Y$ are smooths and ...
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Spaces with different homotopy type

I want to show that the spaces $ S^1 \vee S^1 \vee S^2$ and $S^1 \times S^1 $ do not have the same homotopy type. I calculated their homologies and cohomologies and they turn out to be equal. So I ...
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Book of Pullbacks and Pushouts

what books can I consult for properties of pullback and pushouts in algebraic topology? I need to understand the theory of homotopy in algebraic topology and I started to study pullbacks and push ...
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Sheaf cohomology of $\mathbb{P}^3$

Let $\mathbb{P}$ denote the projective space over $\mathbb{C}$. In some lecture notes I found the claim that $$ h^0(\mathbb{P}^3, \mathcal{O}(2)) = 10 $$ Do you know why this is the case? In ...
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When does cohomology take pullbacks to pushouts?

I've encountered a simple situation where one has a pullback diagram of topological spaces and taking cohomology takes it into what I believe is a pushout diagram in the category of rings. I'm not ...
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map to product of eilenberg-maclane spaces

Given a space $X$, and an Eilenberg-MacLane space $K(G,n)$ (hereafter referred to as $K$), and two maps $f: X \to K$ and $g:X \to K$, let $f \times g:X \to K \times K$ map $x \in X$ to $(f(x),g(x))$. ...
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Intersection form and poincaré duality

Let $ M $ be a $2n$-dimensional compact connected oriented smooth manifold and let $A$, $B$ be two $n$-dimensional submanifolds that intersect transversally. Denote by $A \cdot B$ the sum of the ...
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Global sections of a twisting of a structure sheaf of a projective scheme

Let $X$ be a projective Noetherian scheme over $\mathbb{C}$. Is it true that $H^0(\mathcal{O}_X(-t))=0$ for any $t>0$?
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Group structure on pointed homotopy classes [X,S^1]

Let $[X,S^1]$ denote the set of pointed homotopy classes of maps $f:X\to S^1$. I need to show that, when $S^1$ is viewed as a subset of $\mathbb{C}$, complex multiplication induces a group structure ...
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Vanishing of $R^1f_*\mathcal O_X$

I am probably missing something obvious here, but none the less, here goes: Is the following statement (or perhaps some minor modification of it) true and if so, why: $R^1f_*\mathcal O_X = 0$ for a ...
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what can you say about the degree of $f:\mathbb{C}P^n \to \mathbb{C}P^n$

Any thoughts on this problem: If $M$ and $N$ are simply-connected, $n$-dimensional manifolds, then $H^n(M;\mathbb{Z}) \cong \mathbb{Z} \cong H^n(N;\mathbb{Z})$. A map $f:M \to N$ induces a map ...
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Why are de Rham cohomology and Cech cohomology of the constant sheaf the same

I am comfortable with de Rham cohomology, sheaves, sheaf cohomology and Cech cohomology. I am looking to prove the following theorem: If $M$ is a smooth manifold of dimension $m$, then we have ...
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Making modular representation theory and cohomology 'compelling' and 'accesible'

I'm currently putting together an application for a dissertation completion fellowship offered through my university. A part of the application includes 500-1000 words describing my dissertation. ...
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Cochains: terminology

Let a real, smooth manifold $M$ be given. Let $C_k(\mathbb Z, M$) denote the set of $k$-chains with integer coefficients, and let $C_k(\mathbb R, M)$ denote the set of $k$-chains with real ...