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What is the value of the 2-form $X(u(Y))-Y(u(X))-u([X,Y])$, is it $2du(X,Y)$?

Let $X,Y$ be two vector fields on a Riemannian manifold $(M,g,\nabla)$ where $\nabla $ is the symmetric metric connection on $M$ and let $u$ be a 1-form. I want to find the value or a simple form or ...
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Proving Borsuk-Ulam with Stokes

What is the easiest way to deduce the Borsuk-Ulam theorem in the case $n=2$ by using integration on manifolds and Stokes theorem? So I want to prove the following: Given a map $f\colon S^2\rightarrow ...
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Condition for Differential Forms to Pass to the Quotient

everyone: I was reading this question : What do we mean when we say a differential form "descends to the quotient"? which is related to mine. But the reply given did not answer my question ...
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Prove $d(f\alpha)=d(f \wedge \alpha)$

I am reading the article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exterior_derivative and a definition of an exterior derivative from Axioms for the exterior derivative. How could I show that if $f$ is a function ...
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How do Chern classes behave under connected sums?

I often see people talking about Chern classes of manifolds like $\mathbb{CP}^2 \# \mathbb{CP}^2$, or $\mathbb{CP}^2\#\mathbb{CP}^2\#\overline{\mathbb{CP}^2}$, where $\#$ denotes connected sum and the ...
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What is the one form given its value for a vector field?

I read an article on vector fields. the author defined a 1-form on a manifold $M$ as $u(X)=\rho$ when $X$ is a given vector field and $\rho$ is a given real valued function defined on $M$. can we ...
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Differential closed form

Im trying to go alone through Fultons, Introduction to algebraic topology. He asks whether there is a function $g$ on a region such that $dg$ is the form: $$\omega =\dfrac{-ydx+xdy}{x^2+y^2}$$ in some ...
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Integration of a 2-form

$\textit{What is}$ $\int_C{\omega}$ $\textit{where}$ $\omega=\frac{dx \wedge dy}{x^2+y^2}$ $\textit{and}$ $C(t_1,t_2)=(t_1+1)(\cos(2\pi t_2),\sin(2\pi t_2)) : I_2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2 - ...
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Is a Differential 1-form ( on M^3)Dual to a Contact Vector Field a Symplectic Form?

say $w$ is a global contact 1-form on a 3-manifold $M^3$ , meaning $w \wedge dw \neq 0$ at any point in the manifold , and let $X$ be the vector field dual ( under, say, a choice of Riemannian metric ...
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Question about differential form

$\omega = y dx + dz$ is a differential form in $\mathbb{R}^3$, then what is ${\rm ker}(\omega)$? Is ${\rm ker}(\omega)$ integrable? Can you teach me about this question in details? Many thanks!
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If $\omega$ is closed on $\mathbb R ^2 - 0$ and $\text d \omega =0$, then $\omega = \text d g+ \lambda \text d \theta$.

I'm trying to solve problem 4-30 from “Calculus on manifolds”, which is the one in the title, where $$\text d \theta = -\dfrac{y}{x^2+y^2}\text d x+\dfrac{x}{x^2+y^2}\text d y.$$ I think I'm on the ...
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$df$ vanish in a compact manifold in at least 2 points

I need to prove that if $M$ is a compact manifold and $f$ is a smooth function in $M$, then $df$ vanish in at least 2 different points of $M$. I don't know where to start. Any suggestion will be ...
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Top de Rham cohomology

I just realized that I never really understood why $H_{dR}^n(M, \mathbb{R}) = \mathbb{R}$ if $M$ is compact and $H_{dR}^n(M, \mathbb{R}) = \{0\}$ if $M$ is not compact (provided that's true?). I'm ...
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Product integration of differential forms

Let $\alpha, \beta$ two forms continuous with compact supports and maximum degree on surfaces oriented $M, N $ respectively. consider $\pi_M:M\times N \rightarrow M$ and $\pi_N:M\times N \rightarrow ...
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differentiable equal r-forms

Let $\alpha$, $\beta$ be two $r$-forms continuous in $U\subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ open. If $\int_M \alpha =\int_M \beta $ for all surface $M\subseteq U$   dimension $r$, compact, with boundary, then ...
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de Rham cohomology of $\mathbb{R}P^n$ via action by $SO(m+1)$

In lecture, my teacher proved the theorem that given a smooth $G$-action by a compact, connected Lie group on a manifold $M$, the de Rham cohomology of the $G$-invariant differential forms $H^p_G(M)$ ...
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Pullback distributes over wedge product

I'm looking to prove that the pullback of a smooth function distributes over wedge product, i.e. $$\varphi^*(\omega \wedge \eta) = \varphi^* \omega \wedge \varphi^* \eta. $$ Here the question is ...
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About Stokes' theorem

I noticed that in the proof of Stokes' theorem on manifolds, the condition that the form $\omega$ is compactly supported ensures that the sum is finite so that we can change the order of sum and ...
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Closed but not exact one-form on $S^2$

I would like to know whether there is any nice prescription to give an example of a closed but not exact one-form on $S^2$ (not the $3$-ball). I assume to take some points out of this surface, e.g. 3. ...
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Prove $\Lambda^kf:\Lambda^kW^* \to \Lambda^kV^*$ well-defined and linear

Let $V$ and $W$ be finite dimensional vector spaces, and $f : V \to W$ a homomorphism. Show that $\Lambda^kf:\Lambda^kW^* \to \Lambda^kV^*$, defined by $\Lambda^k\alpha(v_1, ..., v_k)=\alpha(f(v_1), ...
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Volume form on $\mathbb{S}^2$

Let $\omega = x_1 \,dx_2 \wedge dx_3 + x_2 \,dx_3 \wedge dx_1 + x_3\, dx_1 \wedge dx_2$, with $(x_1,x_2,x_3) \in \mathbb{S}^2$, be a volume form on $\mathbb{S}^2$, and let $f : \mathbb{S}^1 \times ...
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1-form on $S^n$ with non-degenerate differential.

How it can be solved? Whether there is a $1$-differential form $w$ on $S^n$, such that $dw$ is non-degenerate on $T_aS^n$ for each $a \in S^n$?
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Help with local coordinates computations-differential forms

I am reading a lecture notes on differential forms and tangent bundles on complex manifolds and I got stuck on one line where the author does not explain how he did the computation: Let ...
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Simple criteria for “closed $\Longrightarrow$ exact”

In determining whether a closed form is an exact form, there is a lot of differential geometry definitions etc. that come in. I'm interested: what is the dummy, Calc III version of when closed implies ...
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Visualizing Non-Zero Closed-Loop Line Integrals Via Sheets?

How do I visualize $\dfrac{xdy-ydx}{x^2+y^2}$? In other words, if I visualize a differential forms in terms of sheets: and am aware of the subtleties of this geometric interpretation as regards ...
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Definition of differential forms

I am reading the book Algebraic Geometric Codes: Basic Notions by Tsfasman, Vladut and Nogin. The authors introduce some definitions about differential forms at the beginning of Section 2.2. These ...
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Integral Definition of Exterior Derivative?

Is there a rigorous integral definition of the exterior derivative analogous to the way the gradient, divergence & curl in vector analysis can be defined in integral form? Furthermore can it be ...
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On the scalar product of a vector field and the exterior derivative of a smooth map on a surface

I am reading Roger Penrose's wonderful book 'The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe'. I need some help in understanding the scalar product of a vector field and the ...
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How to calculate the pullback of a $k$-form explicitly

I'm having trouble doing actual computations of the pullback of a $k$-form. I know that a given differentiable map $\alpha: \mathbb{R}^{m} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{n}$ induces a map $\alpha^{*}: ...
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algebraic $1$-forms vs analytic $1$-forms

First let's fix some definitions: Definitions: Complex manifold (of dimension n): Is a locally ringed space $(X,\mathscr F)$, where there is an open cover $\bigcup_{i\in I} U_i=X$ such that ...
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A question about differential forms

I have checked Rudin's proof about Poincaré Lemma (Principles of Mathematical Analysis) and it seems to have a mistake. Through Google, I found another guy who has noted such error. More details here: ...
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Poles of abelian differentials

Let $X$ be a smooth projective curve of genus $g$ over an algebraically closed field $k$. As a corollary of the Riemann-Roch theorem we know that for every abelian differential $\omega$ on $X$ we have ...
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Show that $a \wedge * b = g(a,b) \operatorname{vol}$

$\newcommand{\vol}{\operatorname{vol}}$ Let $\omega$ be a $p$-form on a Riemannian manifold $M^n$ with metric $g$ and let $\vol_{i_1,\ldots,i_n}=\sqrt{\lvert g\rvert} \epsilon_{i_1,\ldots,i_n}$ be a ...
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Hodge dual exterior derivative

The introduction of the Hodge dual to the structure of the cotangent space requires the reference to a specific basis or an inner product. I was wondering however, if the composition of hodge dual and ...
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Residues of a meromorphic differential on some particular points

Let $X$ be a compact Riemann surface, $\omega$ a meromorphic differential on $X$ and $f$ a meromorphic function on $X$ with poles only over the points $P_1,\dots,P_d$. The product $\;f\cdot\omega\;$ ...
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Why are differential forms more important than symmetric tensors?

In differential geometry, differential forms are totally anti-symmetric tensors and play an important role. I am led to wonder why do we not study totally symmetric tensors as much as forms. What ...
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invariance of 2-form under $SO(3)$

I'm trying to understand how to derive forms that invariant under action of some group. For example 2-form on $S^2$ and on $\mathbb{R}^3$ is very interesting for me (because I have troubles with it). ...
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differential of a differential form

Given a differential form $w$ on a manifold, I know how to calculate $dw$ in local coordinates. But is there any way to define $dw$ independent of local coordinates?
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p-forms as multilinear maps

I'm studying differential geometry and am learning about differential forms. We have a very intuitive and simple way to understand 1-forms as linear maps on from the tangent space to the base field, ...
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A (not so?) simple question about differential forms

Let $M^n$ be a compact orientable manifold and let $\omega$ be a $(n-1)$-form in $M^n$. I want to show that there is $p\in M$ such that $(d\omega)_p=0$. Can somebody help me, please ? Thanks :)
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Laplacian on a warped product.

Let $(M, g)$, $(N, h)$ be complete Riemannian manifolds (not necessarily compact). Let $f : M \rightarrow (0, \infty)$ be a smooth function, and finally let $$\overline{M} = M \times_f N$$ be the ...
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$\alpha \wedge \beta = 0$ iff $\beta = \alpha \wedge \gamma$

I have been given the following problem: Let $\alpha$ be a nowhere-zero 1-form. Prove that for a (p+1)-form $\beta$ $(p\geq0)$, one has $\alpha \wedge \beta = 0$ if and only if $\beta = \alpha ...
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What's the geometrical intuition behind differential forms?

This question can look like a duplicate of this one, but it's kind of different. I'm trying to relate some geometrical meanings I've seem in some books to the definition of differential forms in ...
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Decomposing a 2-form into a product of two 1-forms

I'm trying to decompose the 2-form $\omega = dx \wedge dy + 4dx \wedge dz + 3dz \wedge dy$ (in $\mathbb{R}^{3}$) as the product of two 1-forms, but get stuck. Is it posible to do this?
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Derivations of the algebra of differential forms

It is well known that the interior product, the Lie derivative, and the De Rham differential are derivations of the algebra of differential forms. Does there exist other derivations of this algebra ...
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Transformations of Volume Forms Under Diffeomorphisms

I have an exercise here, and I have no idea how to do it. Let $ U $ and $ V $ be open sets in $ \mathbb{R}^{n} $ and $ f: U \to V $ an orientation-preserving diffeomorphism. Then $$ ...
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What is the differential of a function?

I'm reading Do Carmo's Differential Forms and Applications (1st ed) and on page 6 he takes a differentiable map $f: \mathbb{R}^{n} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{m}$, a point $p \in \mathbb{R}^{n}$ and a ...
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Finding Reeb Vector Field Associated with a Contact Form

I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me with the following: I'm curious as to how to find the Reeb field $R_w$ associated to a specific contact form $w$; does one actually find $R_w$ as ...
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Is $\omega = dU = sin(x+y)dx+cos(x+y)dy$ an exact form?

In my thermodynamics homework I should prove that $dU = sin(x+y)dx+cos(x+y)dy$ is a function of state. Which means it's integration over any path be constant or in other word $dU$ should be an exact ...
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Differential Forms and Vector Fields correspondence

Barrett O'Neill's Differential Geometry book says that Classical vector analysis avoids the use of differential forms on $\mathbb{R}^3$ by converting 1-forms and 2-forms into vector fields via the ...