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Computing volume element in spherical coordinates

Suppose $y = (r, \theta^1, \theta^2)$ are spherical coordinates in $(\mathbb{R}^3,g)$. What is the $d\text{vol}$ in these coordinates? I solved it but I don't know if it's right. My solution: We ...
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Difference between the Jacobian matrix and the metric tensor

I am just studying curvilinear coordinates and coordinate transformations. I have recently come across the metric tensor ($g_{ij}=\dfrac{\partial x}{\partial e_i}\dfrac{\partial x}{\partial ...
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Changing local coordinates on a manifold by a diffeomorphism

This is the set up of my problem: Let $M$ be a manifold with local coordinates $x^1,\dots, x^n$. Let $x^1,\dots,x^n,\xi_1,\dots,\xi_n$ denote the induced coordinates on $T^\ast M$. Let $f:M\to M$ be ...
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Transition Functions for Cartesian Coordinate Systems

This is my first time using Mathematics SE (I've only used Physics and Astronomy before), so I apologize if this question is awkwardly phrased or incorrectly presented. I welcome any and all edits and ...
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How to find the surface element for the cylinder $x^2 + y^2 = r^2$?

So if given a surface (cylindrical) which has radius r and equation $x^2 + y^2 = r^2$, I want to work out the line element for it. How do I get it? I know the final answer has to be $dS^2 = r^2dϕ^2 ...
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What distinguishes elliptical coordinates from polar coordinates?

I am trying to identify what characteristic distinguishes elliptical coordinates from polar coordinates. For concreteness, let's write down the expressions. Polar: $$ x=r \cos(t) \\ y=r \sin(t) $$ ...
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Global and local coordinates on a manifold, and their relations to curvature

I would be pleased to have some information about coordinates in differential geometry. A) First I would like to check whether or not the definitions I use are correct. (Mainly for the sake of ...
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Definition of smooth maps between manifolds

Here is a page from Guillemin-Pollack's differential topology: My question is: At the bottom he defines $df=d\psi\circ dh\circ d\phi^{-1}$. Why doesn't he just define $df=dh$, like here: ...
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Describing co-ordinate systems in 3D for which Laplace's equation is separable

Laplace's Equation in 3 dimensions is given by $$\nabla^2f=\frac{ \partial^2f}{\partial x^2}+\frac{ \partial^2f}{\partial z^2}+\frac{ \partial^2f}{\partial y^2}=0$$ and is a very important PDE in ...
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What separates rotations from other co-ordinate transformations?

I am confused about some seemingly elementary ideas. From what I have understood, a rotation is just a specific class of co-ordinate transformations. If this is true, what exactly separates a rotation ...
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Geometry finding area problem

A regular 2N -sided polygon of perimeter L has its vertices lying on a circle. Find the radius of the circle and the area of the polygon.
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Orthogonal Coordinate Systems Intuition

I'd really love it if you could give some intuition on how to derive the $x$, $y$ & $z$ coordinates from all/any of the orthogonal coordinate systems in this list, how you think about, say, ...
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Can all 2-surfaces be “coordinated” using 2 numbers

Consider a 2-dimensional surface embedded in 3 dimensional euclidean space. ex: A plane, a sphere, a hyperboloid of 2 sheets (or 1 sheet), the graph of sin(x + y), 2 parallel planes etc... If we ...
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Coordinate transform

Can anyone see what transformation $$r\to f(r)$$ transforms $$\exp(2\phi(r))(dr^2+r^2d\theta^2)$$ to $$df^2+\sinh^2(f)d\theta^2$$? I there a systematic way to attack such a problem -- rather than just ...
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Computing gradient in cylindrical polar coordinates using metric?

I am trying to understand coordinate transformations properly (having studied some general relativity in the past). Let us consider the transformation from cartesian to cylindrical coordinates, ...
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Zero Locus of Functions is a Submanifold

Suppose $f_1,\dots, f_d$ are a set of real-valued functions on a smooth manifold $M$. Let $N$ be the zero locus of the $f_i$. Suppose the $\textrm{d}f_i$ span a subspace of the cotangent space of $M$ ...
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Is the “Constant Rank Theorem” the same as the “Domain Straightening Theorem”? Which theorem is which?

Wikipedia says that the inverse function theorem is a special case of the "constant rank theorem". I'm pretty sure this is supposed to be the same theorem as the "Rank Theorem" on p. 47 of Boothby ...
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Gradient in curvilinear coordinates

The gradient is usually written as the product of the unit vectors times the derivative with respect to that coordinate. In Einstein summation convention: $\hat e_i \partial_i$ I've seen it written ...
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Simple proof of integration in polar coordinates?

In every example I saw of integration in polar coordinates the Jacobian determinant is used, not that i have a problem with the Jacobian, but I wondered if there's a simpler way to show this which ...
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Curves and first fundamental form

Would I be right to think that if I have a coordinate system $(x,y)$ so that the lines/curves where one coordinate is fixed, so something like $x=a$ and $y=b$, always intersect at the same angle, then ...
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Rigid motion in curvilinear coordinates

I would like someone to clarify this since it has bedazzled me and can't seem to get a grip on it. Consider a 3D real space and Euclidean coordinates ($x_1,x_2,x_3$), with an associated standard basis ...
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How do I convert a vector field in Cartesian coordinates to spherical coordinates?

I have a vector field in terms of $\mathbf{\hat i}$, $\mathbf{\hat j}$, and $\mathbf{\hat k}$, $$\mathbf{F} = x\mathbf{\hat i} + y\mathbf{\hat j} + z\mathbf{\hat k}$$ How do I convert it to the ...
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Translating coordinates on a Riemann surface

Let $U\subset X$ be an open subset of a connected Riemann surface $X$. Let $z:U\longrightarrow B(0,1)$ be a diffeomorphism, where $B(0,1)$ is the open unit disc in $\mathbf{C}$. Let $P\in U$ be the ...