In differential geometry, the term curvature tensor may refer to the Riemann curvature tensor of a Riemannian manifold, the curvature of an affine connection or covariant derivative (on tensors), or the curvature form of an Ehresmann connection. (Def: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curvature_tensor)

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show that $K=E_2[\omega_{12}(E_1)]-E_1[\omega_{12}(E_2)]-\omega_{12}(E_1)^2-\omega_{12}(E_2)^2$?

$$K=E_2[\omega_{12}(E_1)]-E1[\omega_{12}(E_2)]-\omega_{12}(E_1)^2-\omega_{12}(E_2)^2$$ where $K$ is Gaussian curvature, $E_i$'s are tangent frame field on surface $M$ in $R^3$, $v[.]$ is directional ...
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Ruled surface out of lines of curvatures

I'm trying to proof the following statement: Let $c$ be a curve inside a surface element $f:U\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^3$ (i.e $c=f\circ\gamma$ where $\gamma:I\rightarrow U$). Then $c$ is a line of ...
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How to find curvature between two lines in each four quadrants? [on hold]

everyone plz help me by providing formula to calculate curvature of two lines in each quadrant. as this line in picture it could be in different direction too. so i have to calculate curve in every ...
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Gradient of second fundamental form

In the book I'm reading ("Differential Geometry Curves-Surfaces-Manifolds by Wolfgang Kuhnel") two definitions of prinicpal curvatures directions are presented: The extramum values of $II(X,X)$ ...
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Gaussian curvature distribution: embeddable?

Given a smooth, rotationally symmetric Gaussian curvature profile, $G(r)$, how can we know if it is embeddable in $R^3$? $G(r)$ is defined on $r=[0,R)$ where $r$ is the geodesic length from a fixed ...
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Connection and curve

Let $\nabla$ be a connection on a Riemannian manifold and let the differential of a curve be given by $$c'(t)=c_1'(t)\partial_1 + c_2'(t) \partial_2.$$ Now I was wondering how we define ...
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Singer & Thorpe Theorem on the curvature of 4-dimensional Einstein spaces

I recently asked a question here about the paper "The curvature of 4-dimensional Einstein spaces." I got stuck again with the last theorem (2.2), where I get completely lost. They start the proof by ...
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Apex of an Exponential Function

Is there a way of calculating where the apex of an exponential lies? There's probably a deeper / more mathematical way of explaining what this is exactly. The image hopefully demonstrates what I mean. ...
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Prove geodesics are straight lines if Riemann tensor is identically zero.

Suppose that $R^{a}_{bcd}\equiv 0$ in all of our manifold $M$ (in which we assume zero torsion). Prove that all geodesics are straight lines. I tried using Ricci's identity: ...
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Basic question: Riemannian Curvature is nondegenerate

$R(X,Y)=\nabla_X\nabla_Y-\nabla_Y\nabla_X-\nabla_{[X,Y]}$ is the curvature with respect to the Levi-Civita connection $\nabla$ of a metric $g$ on a manifold $M$. Define the Riemann curvature ...
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How to prove that the flat torus is indeed flat?

The $n$-dimensional torus can be obtained as a quotient: $T^n=\mathbb{R}^n/\mathbb{Z}^n$. As pointed out here, the standard metric on $\mathbb{R}^n$ is invariant under translation by the elements of ...
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Curvature tensors and bivectors

At the beginning of the paper "The curvature of 4-dimensional Einstein spaces", by Singer and Thorpe, the authors define the space $\mathcal{R}$ of curvature tensors of the vector space $V$ as the set ...
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Which ellipses settle to 1-point contacts within a snow-globe circle?

Suppose you have a solid ellipse with axes $a$ and $b$, $(x/a)^2 + (y/b)^2 = 1$, confined inside a unit-radius circle. You shake the circle like a snow globe, and the ellipse settles to the bottom ...
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An example of 4D Hypersurface in 3D

Number of combinations of 4 dimensions choosing 3 at a time is 4. Someone please give a description of a most elementary 4 Dimensional Hyper surface which has its four 3D intersections with ...
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Line Elements for $n$-dimensional hyperspheres

I'm currently in the process of deriving the components of the Riemann Curvature Tensor for a 3-sphere using the Cartan Equations. The line element I'm starting with is: $$ ds^2 = ...
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The relationship between Ricci and Gaussian curvatures

Why do we have that for a surface (dimension $2$) that $$\text{Ric}(X, Y) = K \langle X, Y \rangle ,$$ where $K$ is the Gaussian curvature and $X, Y$ are vector fields?
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Calculating the currvature of a tractrix

I'm trying to find the curvature of a tractrix expressed in the form $r(t)=(\sin{t},\cos{t}+ln(\tan{(\frac{t}{2}))} $. From what I've found on the Internet it appears that people arrive at the ...
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Curvature of plane curves

What is the neatest way to derive the formula for the curvature $\kappa =\frac{||y'x''-y''x'||}{(x'^2+y'^2)^{\frac{3}{2}}} $?
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Signed unit normal

I'm trying to study for one of my exams and the past papers have no solutions. I had to define the signed unit normal and the signed curvature. The signed curvature, $\kappa_s$ being such that ...
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What the curvature $2$-form really represents?

Let $(E,\pi,B)$ be a principal bundle with structure group $G$. The connection $1$-form can be thought of as a projection on the vertical part. It allows us to characterize the horizontal subspaces as ...
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Angle between slopes of a curve

I am trying to understand what the change in angle of the slope of a curve means. It is hard to explain with words so here's an image that should help. The red curve has had its derivative ...
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The curvatures of a transformed surface under a similarity transformation

Setup: Let $f:\mathbb R^3\to\mathbb R^3$ be a similarity transformation. Then $f=rA+b$ for some fixed orthogonal matrix $A$, vector $b$ and nonzero real $r$. Suppose $S$ is a surface, and $S'=f(S)$. ...
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Total curvature of an ovaloid.

I have the following exercise that I have to solve without using Gauss-Bonnet theorem. We say that a compact surface $\Sigma \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ is an ovaloid if the Gaussian curvature $K(p)>0$ ...
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How do you get the curvature tensor of the Schwarzschild Solution?

So, on the Wikipedia page on the derivation of the Schwärzschild solution , I get everything up to the part about the Ricci tensor. What were the components of the tensor that were used? Could ...
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Characterize the sphere using mean curvature.

We know the following result: if $\Sigma$ is a compact surface than $$ \int_{\Sigma}H^2 \ge 4 \pi, $$ where with $H= \frac{1}{2}(\kappa_1+\kappa_2)$ we denote the main curvature. I have to prove that ...
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Geometric interpretation of Gaussian curvature.

We have the following result from Do Carmo book of differential Geometry: "Let $p$ be a point of a surface $\Sigma$ such that the Gaussian curvature $K(p) \neq 0$, and let $V$ be a connected ...
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Does the Riemann tensor encode all information about the second derivatives of the metric?

In answer to this question I suggested the following as a motivation for the definition of the Riemann tensor: Let two $\mathcal M$ and $\mathcal N$ be two dim-$n$ Lorentzian manifolds with ...
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Showing a limit is equivalent to the curvature of a planar curve

I've been working on this limit for a long time and just don't know how to show this. I tried representing h and d as vectors, but I cannot seem to accurately describe them. What would be a good ...
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Hermite Spline curvature

I have a doubt about the Hermite Spline. Is it the interpolation with the minimum value of curvature among the possible interpolative functions between two points? Is it possible to demonstrate it? ...
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Invariance of ball size under translation on the pseudosphere

On the pseudosphere, do the volume of metric balls and area of metric spheres change with the centerpoint? (I'm asking because they don't on the sphere.)
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Find the curve. Differential Geometry.

Find a non plane, closed curve such that the plane curve with the same curvature as function of the arclength is not closed. Been thinking a lot in this problem and haven't got a clue. ¿Any ...
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Why is the Riemann curvature tensor the technical expression of curvature?

According to my textbook on general relativity (Sean Carrol's book) and differential geometry, the Reimann curvature tensor is the technical expression of curvature. What makes the tensor so special? ...
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Minimum Curvature Path

Let's say we are given a closed race track with a given and constant width. I am to implement an algorithm which finds both shortest path trajectory and minimum curvature trajectory for the car. I ...
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Question on calculating curvature of a surface given implicitly

I want to find, as an exercise, an expression for the curvature of a surface given by the zero set of a function. I reached a final expression, but when I test it for a sphere I get a non-constant ...
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A point of infinite curvature on a curve

Let $\gamma(t)$ be a $C^r$ smooth curve in the plane. Suppose $r\ge 2$, so that one can define the curvature $\kappa(t)$ at $\gamma(t)$. For example, $\kappa(t)=0$ means that the curve is kind of flat ...
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Using Principal Directions and Curvatures to Find Point On Surface

Given the principal directions (max and min), principal curvatures, and normal of a surface at point n, how would you go about looking for a point on the surface at a given vector distance from n? ...
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Is there a name for the coordinate on a function which has maximum curvature?

I found out how to find the maximum curvature, by differentiating the curve function. I am wondering if there is a mathematical term, or if there isn't one what is the most elegant way to represent ...
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Vanishing of the Riemann tensor

The Riemann tensor in a coordinate basis is $$R^{i}_{\,jkl} = \partial_k \Gamma^i_{jl} - \partial_l \Gamma^i_{jk} + \Gamma^m_{jl}\Gamma^i_{mk} - \Gamma^m_{jk}\Gamma^i_{ml}$$ Consider $\mathbb{R}^2$ ...
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Mean curvature of polar parametric surface

For the purposes of modelling a fluid mechanics experiment, I'm dealing with a convex surface parametrized by the azimuth $\theta$ and an arc length $s$ along the surface. The points on the surface ...
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confirmation of curvature of paramteric curve

I just want to confirm the following calculation for curvature of a parametric curve: Given parametric curve $r(t) = (5 \sin t, 5 \sin t, 3 \cos t) $, I want to confirm that the curvature is given as ...
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Zero Sectional Curvature implies exp is a local isometry

Im studying DoCarmo's book Riemannian Geometry, the first problem of the chapter 5 (Jacobi Fields) states that If $(M,g)$ is a riemannian manifold with sectional curvature identically zero, show that ...
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Understanding Euler density

I know the definition of Euler density in terms of antisymetrized contractions of products of the Riemann curvature tensor, ie Euler density is the $\mathcal{R}^n$ in these formulae: And I know ...
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Finding inflection points and concavity for given function

I have to explore function $\frac{2x-4}{1+x^2}$ It contains finding definition area of function, finding roots etc. One of the points is to find inflection points and concavity of function. I cannot ...
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If $0 < \theta < \frac{\pi}{2}$, then $\gamma$ is a logarithmic spiral

Let $\gamma$ be a plane curve parametrized by the arc length, having the property that its tangent vector $T(t)$ forms a fixed angle $\theta$ with $\gamma(t)$. Before explaining where I am, let ...
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Parametrization where coordinates lines are lines of curvature

I am asked to prove that given a surface $S$ and a point $p\in S$ non-umbilical, then there exists $U$ open in $\mathbb{R}^2$, there exists $Y:U\subset \mathbb{R}^2\longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ a ...
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Curvature and Pfaffian forms in terms of the Riemann tensor

I am teaching my self differential geometry, but I am mainly familiar with classic tensor notation. In modern Cartan exterior form notation the curvature forn $\Omega$ and the Pfaffian seem to do the ...
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Hyperbolic geometry when the curvature is constant and negative but not -1

Help I am getting completely confused Hyperbolic geometry is the geometry of surfaces of a constant negative Gaussian curvature, in most formula's it is almost assumed this constant negative ...
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Radius vs Radius of curvature of an ellipse

I am a bit confused by the physical meaning of radius vs radius of curvature, with regards to an ellipse. For a standard ellipse: $$ \frac{x^2}{a^2} + \frac{y^2}{b^2} = 1$$ In this case, the $a$ ...
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preservation of the curvature tensor implies preservation of the connection?

For every connection on a smooth manifold there is a corresponding curvature tensor. Any diffeomorphism $\phi:(M,\nabla^M)\rightarrow(N,\nabla^N)$ which preserves the connection (in the sense of ...
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Does covariant derivative commute with “generalized contraction”_ About the proof of 2nd Bianchi identity

I am reading the proof of second Bianchi identity on wiki. In the proof, it says the following condition must satisfy: $$((D_X R) (Y,Z)) (W) + R (D_XY,Z) W + R(Y,D_XZ) W + R(Y,Z) D_X W = D_X ...