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Relationship between Cartan and Fréchet derivative

Let $f: X \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be smooth, then the Fréchet derivative is a map $Df: X \rightarrow L(X, \mathbb{R}).$ But if $f: M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is smooth and $M$ a manifold, then the ...
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An expression of covectors acting on vectors on the tangent space of a manifold

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold. Take $p\in M$ and $(U,\varphi)$, $\varphi:U\rightarrow \mathbb{R^n}$, a chart around $p$. Let $\mathbb{R}^n\left[\frac{\partial}{\partial x_i}\right]$ and ...
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Differentiation Tricks

Since most derivatives are trivial to take, it's understandable why integrals get most of the mathematical tricksters' attention. However, not all derivatives are trivial to take and I think it's good ...
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Integrability problem in Cauchy Integral Formula

This is problem on the integrability of a 2-form in the nhbd of its singularity. I was looking at the general Cauchy formula (general because it works for $\mathcal C^1$ function, and makes the case ...
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How to obtain the line element in cylindrical coordinates, using definition of differential forms

In general, a volume element is a k-form on an K-dimensional manifold. a k-form w on $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ is defined as $w(x) = \sum_{i_{1}<i_{2}<...<i_{k}} w_{i_{1}i_{2}...i_{k}}(x) ...
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Cohomology of two pieces of torus

In an exercise from an old exam, I found myself confronted with $M=\{(\sqrt{x^2+y^2}-2)^2+z^2=1\}$, $U=M\cap\{x\neq0\vee y>0\}$, $V=M\cap\{x\neq0\vee y<0\}$ and $U\cap V$, all subsets of ...
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Green's theorem via Stokes's theorem

I am considering the following form of Stokes's theorem: Let $\omega$ be an $n-1$ differential form with compact support on an oriented manifold of dimension $n$. Let us consider the boundary ...
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Pullback 1-differential form

Let $(x_0,x'_0) \in \mathbb{R}^2$ be initial data for the Euler Lagrange equation with some given Lagrangian $L: \mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}.$ Then $F^t$ is the flow that maps the initial ...
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Different definitions of differential forms?

I am a physicist and was reading about differential forms in Classical Mechanics. Now, I thought that a two-form is a smooth map $\omega : M \rightarrow \Lambda(T^*M)$ so that a point $p$ on the ...
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Bianchi Identity - Gauge Theory

I am reading through some lecture notes (found here) and following a proof of the Bianchi identity in the context of principal bundles. That is, $h^*\Omega = 0$, where $\Omega$ is the curvature ...
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Differential forms - looking for 3 definitions!

I am sorry for this type of question, but I currently have to deal with differential forms although I have not heard so far what they actually are, so I have just a few very particular questions about ...
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How can I prove $dz=dx+idy$?

Let's see $\Bbb C$ as an $\Bbb R$-vector space. Hence it is isomorphic to $\Bbb R^2$ and it has dimension $2$. If $v_1,v_2$ is a basis for $\Bbb R^2$, every its element can be written as $xv_1+yv_2$; ...
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Differential Form Pullback Definition

I'm having some difficulty following how Spivak (Calculus on Manifolds) has induced the pullback on page 89. From reading elsewhere online it seems convention is to define the induced map of the ...
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existence of integrating factor

Is there always an integrating factor to turn an incomplete differential $M(x,y)dx+N(x,y)dy$ in to a complete differential. Does the answer depend on dimensionality? for example what is the answer for ...
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Product of Two Orientable Manifolds is Orientable

I am trying to show that following: Let $M$ be an oriented smooth manifold of dimension $m$, and $N$ be an oriented smooth manifold of dimension $n$. Then $M\times N$ is orientable. Let ...
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Integration of a 1-form over a “split curve”.

Bit of a strange question I can't really get my head around so apologies if it is ill-posed. Suppose we take a closed curve $\gamma: S^1 \to C \subset M$ in a Riemannian manifold $M$ and integrate ...
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Is Stokes' Theorem natural in the sense of category theory?

Stokes' Theorem asserts that for a compactly-supported differential form $\omega$ of degree $n-1$ on a smooth oriented $n$-dimensional manifold $M$ we have the marvellous equation $$\int_M d\omega = ...
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Winding number of differential curve

Consider the one-form $\omega$ on $\textbf{R}^2$\ {(0,0)} defined by $\omega$ = $\frac{xdy-ydx}{x^2+y^2}$ Let K $\subset$$\textbf{R}^2$\ {(0,0)} denote the positive x-axis. Let $\gamma$ : $[a,b]$ ...
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One form and Vector fields on a manifold in terms of local coordinates.

Prove : $d$$\omega$$(V,W)$=$V \omega (W) - W \omega(V) -\omega([V,W])$ in local coordinates where $\omega$ is a one-form and V,W are vector fields on a smooth manifold M. I do not know how to ...
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Differential Forms Notation is Wrong? Confirm or deny? [closed]

Being an engineering student that just happens to have a large interest in math, I have always felt that appealing to definitions instead of intuitively understanding a concept is a mistake. A while ...
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Three-Dimensional Metrics as Deformations of a Constant Curvature Metric?

I read the following paper Three-Dimensional Metrics as Deformations of a Constant Curvature Metric and discovered the following result: I have three questions: (1) Is $h$ also a conformally flat ...
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Connection on Tangent Bundle of Group Manifolds

The thing puzzling me is about a transformation rule of connection on tangent bundle of group manifolds: Assume one has a compact and simply connected Lie group $K$. One can give a metric $g$ on $K$ ...
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Integration over manifolds

S is subset of $\Bbb R^3 $ consisting of the union of 1) $z$ axis 2) the unit circle $x^2+y^2=1,z=0$ 3) the points $(0,y,0)$ with $y \ge1 $ Let $A$ be the open set $\Bbb R^3-S$. Let $C_1, C_2, ...
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Integration of forms on non-simply connected manifolds

What I know is that closed forms are not exact on non-simply connected manifolds, so for instance, if $E$ is a closed form, then $dE = 0$ but $\int_\gamma E \neq 0$, where $\gamma$ is a ...
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Integrating factor for non-exact differential

Given $\frac{xdy+ydx}{x^2+y^2}$ I took partials of either coefficient wrt to other variable I get $\partial P/\partial y$ as $\frac{x^2-y^2}{(x^2+y^2)^2}$ and $\partial Q/\partial x$ as ...
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Does the dual basis to some basis of $T^*_pM$ looks localy like a coordinate chart?

Let $M$ be a manifold and let $\{\alpha_k\}$ be a set of $1$- forms s.t. $\{\alpha_k(p)\}$ forms a basis for $T^*_pM$. Let $(x,U)$ be a chart based in $p$ and denote $\partial_i := ...
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Explain densities to me please!

When it comes to integration on manifolds, I speak two languages. The first is of course the language of differential forms, which is something I am relatively well acquinted with. The second ...
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Topology of “line integral convergence” on the space of curves

Let $C^1(I,\mathbb{R}^n)$ be the space of $C^1$ curves. Give it the topology that satisfies that convergence of a sequence of curves $\gamma_n \to \gamma$ occurs iff these conditions hold: a. ...
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How should we think about equations like $dy = 2x \cdot dx$ from the viewpoint of modern geometry?

We've just started learning about (smooth) manifolds at uni, and I'm kind of hoping this will finally help me get a handle on the dreaded Leibniz notation. Now I've read that expressions $dy$ like can ...
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Can a differential k-form be integrated on a manifold that is not k-dimensional?

For example, can you integrate a 2-form on some curve, a 1-dimensional manifold, or some 3-dimensional manifold? I know that Stokes's Theorem states that if you integrate $\omega \in \mathcal ...
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What is the intuition behind the definition of the differential of a function?

What is the intuition behind the definition of a differential of a function in differential geometry? i.e. $$df(p)(v_{p}) =v_{p} (f)(p) $$ where $v_{p} \in T_{p} M$ is a vector in the tangent space to ...
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The Operator '$d$' Apparently Having two Different Meanings in Differential Geometry.

Given a smooth map $f:M\to N$ between smooth manifolds $M$ and $N$, we denote the global differential of $f$ by $df$. Also, the letter '$d$' is used for denoting exterior derivative of a differential ...
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Can We Write the Differential in Terms of Covectors?

Let $f:\mathbf R^n\to \mathbf R$ be a smooth map. We can write $df:T\mathbf R^n\to \mathbf R$ neatly as $$ df = \sum_{i=1}^n(\partial f/\partial x_i) dx_i $$ For a function $f:M\to \mathbf R$ defined ...
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Is there an intuitve motivation for the wedge product in differential geometry?

I've recently started studying differential forms and have been looking at differential forms. I'm struggling to understand the motivation for introducing the notion of the wedge product. Does it ...
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What is the relation between dx in elementary calculus and dx in differential geometry?

I've recently started studying differential geometry and was really hoping that in doing so I'd finally have an answer to something that's been bugging me since I first learnt calculus - what is ...
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Differential forms and simplification

Let us suppose we have $$(\partial_x \alpha - \partial_x \bar{\alpha} )(df+\lambda)\wedge dx+$$$$(\partial_y \alpha - \partial_y \bar{\alpha} )(df+\lambda) \wedge dy +$$$$(\partial_z \alpha - ...
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Exterior derivatives involving representations

I have two questions regarding the exterior derivative of vector valued forms when representations are involved: Suppose $V$ is a vector space, $M$ a smooth manifold and $\omega$ is a $V$ valued ...
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Geometric intuition behind pullback?

I am having hard time with forming a geometric intuition of pullback and pushforward. The definition the book gives is like this: There are two open sets, $A$ and $B$. There is a dual transformation ...
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Ways of thinking about vector-valued differential forms

I am trying to get a better intuition of vector-valued differential forms. Let $V$ be a vector space and $M$ a smooth manifold. Consider the space $\Omega^k(M;V)=\Gamma((M\times V)\otimes ...
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Differential operator computation

I need to show that if $\omega=xydx+3dy-yzdz$ $\nu=xdx-yz^2dy+2xdz$ then $d(\omega\land\nu)=(d\omega)\land\nu-\omega\land(d\nu)$ I really do not understand how this differential operators work. I ...
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Sign problems in complex computations

$\newcommand{\dd}{\mathrm{d}} \newcommand{\eg}{\epsilon} \newcommand{\mg}{\mu} \newcommand{\ng}{\nu} \newcommand{\rg}{\rho} \newcommand{\et}{\wedge} \newcommand{\lbar}{\overline} ...
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Associated bundles: isomorphism between spaces of differential forms.

I think this will be an easy question for numerous people. Let $\pi:P\rightarrow M$ be a principal bundle and $\rho:G\rightarrow GL(V)$ a representation. The space of $k$ forms on $M$ with values in ...
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Volume form for a product manifold.

Given two Riemannian manifolds $(M,g^M)$ and $(N,g^N)$, we can construct a product Riemannian manifold $(M\times N,g^{M \times N})$ as described in Product of Riemannian manifolds? . Is there a ...
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Notations of the coordinate functions in differential forms

I'm reading a book on differential forms, and it says: A basis for $(\mathbb{R}_p^3)^*$ is obtained by taking $(dx_i)_p, i=1,2,3$, where $x_i:\mathbb{R^3}\to\mathbb{R}$ is the map which assigns to ...
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2-forms, Edwards, Differential forms approach

Find the value of the 2-form $dxdy+3dxdz$ on the oriented triangle with $(0,0,0)$ $(1,2,3)$ $(1,4,0)$ in that order. I have tried various subtractions and plugging in values and have been unable to ...
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Clarification of vector valued forms (sections and tensor products)

I am seeking a bit of clarification on vector valued forms. Intuitively, a vector valued differential form is a differential form on $M$ whose values lie in some vector space. More accurately, Let ...
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Global differentials on projective line

Given a field $k$, it is well known that the global differentials $\Omega_{\mathbb{P}_k^1/k}$ of the projective line $\mathbb{P}_{k}^1$ are $\mathcal{O}(-2)$. This is usually proved by observing that ...
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Relationship between $\operatorname{supp} w$ and $\operatorname{supp} dw$

I would like to show that $\operatorname{supp} dw\subset \operatorname{supp}w$, where differential $m$-form in a $\Sigma$ surface of dimension $m+1$. If $$w(u)=\Sigma_i (-1)^ia_i(u) du_1\wedge ...
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If differential forms agree on one chart do they agree everywhere?

Let $\alpha,\beta$ be two $k$-forms on a manifold $M$. If there exists some chart $(U,x^1,\dots,x^n)$ on which $\alpha=\beta$ does it follow that $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are the same forms? In different ...
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Model of continuum mechanics or thermodynamics derived from potential and paradoxe on state variables

(1) In material sciences based on thermodynamics and continuum mechanics, one usually introduces potentials to summarize the constitutive model. All constitutive relations derive from the introduced ...