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Finding a $1$-form on a hyperboloid of one sheet which is closed but not exact

I want to find a closed 1-form $w$ on $$M=\{(x,y,z):x^2-y^2-z^2=-1\}\subset \mathbb R^3$$ which is not exact. I think that $$\frac{x\,\mathrm{d}x+y\,\mathrm{d}y+z\,\mathrm{d}z}{(x^2+y^2+z^2)^{3/2}}$$ ...
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Show that $f^*\omega = \det(df) \, dx_1\wedge\cdots\wedge dx_n$

Let $f:\Bbb{R}^n\to \Bbb{R}^n$ be a differentiable map given my $f(x_1,\ldots,x_n)=(y_1,\ldots,y_n)$, and let $$\omega=dy_1\wedge\cdots\wedge dy_n.$$ Show that $$f^*\omega = \det(df) \, ...
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Linear Maps from $V$ to $V^*$ defined by a 2-form

I came across this idea at the very beginning of a book and I don't quite seem to grasp it. It states given $\omega \in \bigwedge ^2 (V) $ you can define a linear map $ \omega^\#: V \to V^* $ by ...
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An exercise on differential forms

Let $\omega$ be a $1$-form in $U \subset \mathbb{R}^2$. A local integrating factor in $p$ for $\omega$ is a function $g: V \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ defined in a neighbourhood $V$ of $p$ such that ...
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Closed form defines locally a function?

In my particular example, I have a volume form on a one-dimensional manifold, so i.e. this volume form $dx$ is closed. Now, I was wondering, does the integral function $f(y):=\int_{x_0}^{y} dx$ define ...
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The Euclidean Metric on $\mathbf R^3$ Induces an Index-Lowering Isomorphism $b:\mathfrak X(\mathbf R^3)\to \Omega^1(\mathbf R^3)$.

In Lee's Introduction to Smooth Manifolds, Second Edition, the line just before Equation 14.25 reads The Euclidean metric on $\mathbf R^3$ induces an index-lowering isomorphism $b:\mathfrak ...
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Closedness of a complex $1$-form defined by homogeneous functions

How can I prove this 1-form is a closed one within the specific subset $A\subset \mathbb C$ ? $$\omega=\frac{f(x,y)}{xf(x,y)+yg(x,y)}dx+\frac{g(x,y)}{xf(x,y)+yg(x,y)}dy$$ Where $f, g\in C^1$ are ...
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Notation for a projection of a differential form

Let $\omega = a_1 dx_1 + a_2 dx_2 + b_1 dy_1 + b_2 dy_2$. Is there any established notation to denote a mapping that "filters out" the $dy_i$-Terms? To be more precise, I invent my own one. Assume ...
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Can a volume form on a submanifold be extended to a parallel form in a neighbourhood?

Let $(M^{n+1},g)$ be a Riemannian manifold and let $\Sigma^n \hookrightarrow M$ be a smooth, closed, embedded submanifold. Let $\Omega$ be the volume form of $\Sigma$. It is well-known that a volume ...
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The lie bracket as a limit

Let $M$ be a manifold and $f_t$ be the monoparametric group of local transformations generated by a vector field $X$. Suppose $w$ is a $k$-form and $x_1,\dots,x_k$ are vector fields. How can we see ...
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Why does a differential form represent a vector field?

I'm trying to learn the Divergence/Stoke's theorem and I can't wrap my head around the meaning of a differential form in this context. What does it mean that a differential form represents a vector ...
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Computing the sheaf of 1-forms on a toric variety

Consider projective space $P^{2}$ and its corresponding fan. We have the affine opens defined by $U_{\sigma_{0}} = Spec(\mathbb{C}[x,y])$, $U_{\sigma_{1}} = Spec(\mathbb{C}[x^{-1},x^{-1}y])$ and ...
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Wedge product equality of 2n-forms in 2n+2 dimension

I have a question that seems to me clear but i couldn't prove it. I have a diffeomorphism between the cotangent bundle of the n-sphere and the complex quadric as $$T^*(S^n)\to (S^n)^{\mathbb{C}},\ ...
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Integration of $V$-valued differential form

When studying fibre bundles, connections and gauge theories it is usual to consider vector-valued differential forms, like the connection one-form, or it's pull back by a local trivialization known as ...
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Differential Forms on Surfaces. Show that $N\cdot (\nabla \times V)\eta=d\phi$ on $x(D)$.

Let $M$ be an orientable surface in $\Bbb R^3$ with a unit normal vector field $N$ and let $x: D\to M$ be a patch. Let $\eta$ be a differential 2-form on $x(D)$ defined by $\eta(x_u,x_v)=\pm\|x_u ...
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Exterior derivarive dependent only on point

For any one-form (a linear form on the tangent space of each point) we have its exterior derivative $d\omega$ which is a two-form defined by $d\omega(X,Y)=D_X(\omega(Y))-D_Y(\omega(X))-\omega([X,Y])$ ...
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How do you compute the pull-back of a complex differential (1,1)-form given its potential?

Let $F: X \to Y$ be a holomorphic map. Let $\omega$ be a complex differential $(1,1)$-form on $Y$, $\omega=\partial \bar \partial f$, where $f$ is a pluri-subharmonic function. How would one ...
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Symplectic Geometry of 2-sphere in stereographic projection

I am trying to put the symplectic form of the 2-sphere defined by $\omega_u(v,w) := \langle u,v\times w\rangle,$ where $u \in \mathbb{S}^2$ and $v, w \in T_u\mathbb{S}^2$ in stereographic coordinates ...
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Integrals of Pullbacks

This is a problem from Guillemin's Differential Topology: Suppose that $f_0, f_1: X \to Y$ are homotopic maps and that the compact boundaryless manifold $X$ has dimension $k$. Prove that for all ...
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why is $\omega^n \neq 0$ for a nondegenerate 2 form $\omega$. [duplicate]

Let $\omega$ be a nondegenerate alternating $2$-form on an $2n$-dimesional Vectorspace $V$, meaning that for all nonzero $v \in V$ the map $w \mapsto \omega(v,w)$ is not identically zero. Why is the ...
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Pushforward injective

Let $f : M \rightarrow N$ be a smooth surjective map between smooth manifolds. Now, consider a 2-form $\omega$ on $T_pN$. Does it now follow that the pullback satisfies? $f^* d \omega =0 \Rightarrow ...
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Exterior derivative of a form and $d(d\omega)=0$?

We know that in differential geometry, $d^2\omega=0$, where $\omega $ is a form and $d$ is the exterior derivative. However if this form happens to be the exterior derivative of another form ...
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(Co)Tangent bundle of Cone manifold

Given a Riemannian manifold $(M,\bar{g})$, we can construct the Riemannian cone manifold $(C(M), g )$ as follows. Topologically, $C(M)$ is $M \times \mathbb{R}_{>0}$. We equip this with the ...
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exact and closed differential forms

This exercise is taken from the Meyer-Hall-Offin book on Hamiltonian systems. Let $Q(p,q)$ and $P(p,q)$ be smooth functions defined on an open set in $\mathbb{R}^2$. Consider the four differential ...
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$e^{xy}dx \wedge dy$: determine the $1$-form that it induces on $S^1$ and check if the obtained $1$-form respects or not the induced orientation

Consider the $2$-form $e^{xy}dx \wedge dy$ on $\mathbb{R}^2$. Determine the $1$-form that it induces on $S^1$, viewed as the boundary of $B_2$. Check if the obtained $1$-form respects or ...
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Construct a $k$-form on $S^k$ with nonzero integral

How to construct a $k$-form on $S^k$ with nonzero integral ? I think this can be done by Bump function $\rho$ on $R^k$ and define $w = \rho\, dx_1\,dx_2 \cdots dx_k$ on $R^k$. Now pull it back by the ...
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If $σ$ is an exact differential $1$-form on the plane, then the form $ω=σ+xdy$ is not exact

If $σ$ is an exact differential $1$-form on the plane, then prove that the form $ω=σ+xdy$ is not exact. In the previous part of the question we have calculated the integral of the differential ...
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Differential calculation in multiple variables function (cannot understand 2nd order differential form)

This question is somehow related to this question. Consider a multiple variables function $G(u, v) = \left(\matrix{x(u,v) &=& G_x(u,v)\\y(u,v) &=& G_y(u,v)\\z(u,v) &=& ...
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Proving that the pullback map commutes with the exterior derivative

I'm trying to prove that the pullback map $\phi^{\ast}$ induced by a map $\phi:M\rightarrow N$ commutes with the exterior derivative. Here is my attempt so far: Let $\omega\;\in\Omega^{r}(N)$ and let ...
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Standard integral Kähler form on $\mathbf{CP}^1 \times \mathbf{CP}^2$

$\newcommand{\Proj}{\mathbf{CP}}$What is the "standard integral Kähler form" on $\Proj^1 \times \Proj^2$? Does that mean Fubini-Study form on $\Proj^1$ and $\Proj^2$?
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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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Show $H_{dR}^1(S^n)=0$ for $n>1$ without de-Rham Theorem, and some similar questions.

Question Without using de Rham's theorem, prove: (1) Show $H_{dR}^1(S^n)=0$ for $n>1$. (2) Use (1) to show $H_{dR}^1(RP^n)=0$ (3) a n-form $\Omega$ is exact on $S^n$ if and only if $$ ...
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Notation for the set of holomorphic differential forms

I used to write $\Omega^p(M)$ for the set of $p$-forms on $M$ and $\Omega^{p,q}(M)$ for the set of $(p,q)$-forms on a complex manifold $M$. Now some authors use $\Omega^p(M)$ to denote the set ...
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Cohomology classes of the DeRham cohomology

May be $TM$ a tangent bundle of the manifold $M$ and $\wedge^n TM$ the set of all $n$-forms. The map $d: \bigwedge^n TM \rightarrow \bigwedge^{n+1}TM$ is called the exterior derivative and it holds ...
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Integral Over the N-Sphere in the framework of chains:

Integration over manifolds is commonly defined with object called chains. What about if I want to integrate the exterior derivative of a $k-form$ over the n-sphere and use Stokes theorem: ...
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Poincaré Lemma, differential forms and I do have troubles

I think I need some hints about a proof I am currently reading in order to understand it. This question is similar to the construction used in Lemma 17.9 in the book "Introduction to smooth manifolds" ...
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Pullback Solid Angle, Stereographic projection

I have an issue with a differential geometry task. Given is the solid angle form: $$\omega = \frac{\epsilon_{ijk} x^i dx^j \wedge dx^k}{2 [ (x^1)^2 + (x^2)^2 +(x^3)^2]^{3/2}}$$ The aim of the task ...
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The adjoint of left exterior multiplication by $\xi$ for hodge star operator

As we know, for $V$ vectoral space and a orientation $\mathcal{O}$ on $V$ and $e_{1},...,e_{n}$, the hodge star operator $\ast:\wedge V^*\rightarrow\wedge V^*$ is defined for ...
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Lie derivative for a wedge product $\omega_{1}\wedge\omega_{2}$

I have to prove that $L_X\omega_{1}\wedge\omega_{2}=(L_X\omega_{1})\wedge\omega_{2}+\omega_{1}\wedge(L_X\omega_{2})$ using the definition ...
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Volume form on $(n-1)$-sphere $S^{n-1}$

Let $\omega$ the (n-1) form on $\mathbb{R}^n$ $$\omega=\sum_{j=1}^{n}(-1)^{j-1}x_{j}dx_{1}\wedge\cdots\wedge \hat{dx_{j}}\wedge\cdots dx_{n}$$ Show that the restriction of $\omega$ to $S^{n-1}$ in ...
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For $(n-1)$-form $\omega$ on $M^{n}$ compact, orientable without boundary, then $d\omega$ vanish for some point

Let $M^{n}$ manifold compact, orientable without boundary and $\omega$ $(n-1)$-form then there is $p\in M$ such that $d\omega(p)=0$. This is for my homework of integration on manifolds & Stokes ...
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Is $\omega=\sin\varphi\,\mathrm{d}\theta\wedge\mathrm{d}\varphi$ an exact form?

Let $\omega=\sin\varphi\,\mathrm{d}\theta\wedge\mathrm{d}\varphi$ be a $2$-form on $\mathbb{R}^3\setminus\{0\}$. Then ...
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Is this differential 2-form closed

Consider a unit sphere $S^2 \subset R^3$ and a map $\omega_p : T_pS^2 \times T_pS^2 \to \mathbb{R}$ defined by $$\omega_p(u,v) = (u \times v) \cdot p$$ How do I know is this 2-form (on $S^2$) closed ...
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Poincare: Change of form to a primitive 1-form

Given a 2-form w on $R^3$, such that dw=0; how does one find all 1-forms k such that dk=w? Provided a homotopy H(t) one can pull back w and apply the Poincare operator on it. But what if one does not ...
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Deduce that there is a cup product that is well-defined

I have showed that if $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are closed forms on a smooth manifold $M$, then $\alpha \wedge \beta$ also be closed. Further, if one of $\alpha$ or $\beta$ is exact, than $\alpha \wedge ...
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An interpretation of $ \frac{\partial^{2}}{\partial x^{2}} $.

$ \left( \dfrac{\partial}{\partial x} \right)_{p} $ is both an element of the tangent space $ {T_{p}}(M) $ and a linear functional on $ {C^{1}}(M) $, while $ (\mathrm{d}{x})_{p} $ is an element of the ...
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Differential forms in Physics

In the context of physics, I just read about the the symplectic 2-form $\omega$ on a symplectic manifold $M$ of dimension $2n$. Unfortunately, I could not follow a few arguments. I.e. it was said ...
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Does the wedge product of bundle-valued forms induce a universal object?

Given a smooth manifold $M$ and a vector bundle $E$ over $M$, the $C^\infty(M)$-module of $E$-valued $p$-forms on $M$ is defined to be $$\Omega^p(M; E) := \Gamma_M\left( \bigwedge^p T^*M \otimes E ...
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What makes differential forms special

There are two natural structures defined on differential manifolds, namely tangent bundle and its dual cotangent bundle. An element of tangent bundle $TM$ at a base point $p\in M$ can be described by ...
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Geometric intuition about the exterior derivative

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold. One $k$-form is a section of the bundle $\bigwedge^k T^\ast M$, that is, if $p\in M$ and $\omega$ is a $k$-form then $\omega_p$ is one $k$-linear alternating real ...