# Tagged Questions

For questions about differential forms which commonly arise in differential geometry, and sometimes in multivariable calculus.

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### About a proof concerning the relation of Lusternik-Schnirelman-category and cup length

In the proof of the relation between Lusternik-Schnirelman-category and Cup length (of de Rham Cohomology) for smooth manifolds from this note (theorem 2) the argument goes: Let the given manifold $M$ ...
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### Finding a two-dimensional chain

Let $$T=\{(x,y,z,w,)\in R^4:x^2+y^2=z^2+w^2=\frac{1}{\sqrt 2}\}$$ and $$\omega=dx\land dy + dz\land dw$$ in $\mathbb R^4$. How do I find a two-dimensional chain $C$ where $T$ is its trace? And how can ...
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### Integrating differential forms on curves [closed]

How can I integrate the differential form $$\omega=x\,dx+y\,dy+z\,dz$$ in $\mathbb R^3$ on the curve $$c:[0,2\pi]\to\mathbb R^3: t\mapsto (e^{t\sin t}, t^2-2\pi t, \cos \frac{t}{2})?$$ Some advice ...
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### Bott and Tu compact cohomology of the circle “differential forms in Algebraic Topology”

On page 27 of that book, it is claimed that the inclusion map $\delta$ which maps a form from the non-empty intersection of two open covers of the circle to the disjoint union of those covers has a ...
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### Norm of the gradient of a vector field in Cartesian versus Cylindrical coordinates

It is well known that for a vector $\textbf{v}=R\textbf{e}_r+\Theta\textbf{e}_{\theta}+Z\textbf{e}_z$, its 2-norm is $\|\textbf{v}\|_2=\sqrt{R^2+Z^2}$ instead of $\sqrt{R^2+\Theta^2+Z^2}$. Now, for a ...
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### Finding the antiderivatives for the differential form $\alpha = x_2 d x_1 \wedge d x_2$

Consider the differential form $$\alpha = x_2 d x_1 \wedge d x_2$$ on $\mathbb{R}^3$. I first want to find a $1$-form $\beta \in \Omega^1(\mathbb{R}^3)$ that is an antiderivative for $\alpha$, i.e. ...
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### The integral of a function on manifold and differential form

When we want to integrate a function f over a manifold M, we may meet some problems, for example, the problem showed in the picture below: Then people used differential form to integrate. But it ...
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### How to define integration along surfaces in $\Bbb R^4$?

In $\Bbb R^4$ we have curves, bi-dimensional surfaces and hypersurfaces. We integrate vector fields along curves and in hypersurfaces using a normal direction. I know that the adequate object to ...
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### A question about pullback of the K-form

Let $M$ be an oriented $m$-dimensional manifold. Suppose the support of $\omega$ is in an open subset $U$ of $M$, and $\phi \colon U \to R^m$, $\psi \colon U \to R^m$ are two different charts on $M$ ...
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### Inner products on $C_c^\infty$ corresponding to differential forms
Let $M$ be a compact, oriented Riemannian manifold of dimension $n$. We can locally identify smooth $k$-forms by smooth functions $\mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{C}^{m}$, where $m = \binom{n}{k}$ (via a ...