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Interior product between differential forms and vector fields

I don't understand what is meant when someone writes that forms (or form fields) "eat" vectors (or vector fields). For example when I have a one form field ω=3dx+5dy+3xdz and a vector field ...
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Integrability of 1-forms and Stokes' Theorem

Let $\alpha$ be a $1$-form defined on a manifold $M$ and $\Delta = ker (\alpha)$. The classical theorem of Frobenius says that $\Delta$ is integrable if $\alpha \wedge d\alpha =0$ i.e if $d\alpha$ is ...
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If $M$ is a compact manifold what does $\partial M$ mean?

In the generalized form of stokes theorem it states that the integral of the $k+1$ differential form of an operator over a compact manifold $M$ is equivalent to the integral of the $k$ differential ...
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Differential forms and minor expansion, question about notation.

There are lectures by Theodore Shifrin on differential forms, and sadly one video ends suddendly where he explains some notation. I try to formulate it in my own words: When k=n, we have ...
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Differential forms and determinants

2-forms are defined as $du^{j} \wedge du^{k}(v,w) = v^{j}w^{k}-v^{k}w^{j} = \begin{vmatrix} du^{j}(v) & du^{j}(w) \\ du^{k}(v) & du^{k}(w) \end{vmatrix}$ But what if I have two concret ...
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Second fundamental form of a graph of a function using frame fields

I am trying to recover the second fundamental form $II$ for the graph $\Gamma(f)$ of a smooth real function $f$ in the Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^3$ using first order frame fields. I have worked with ...
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Is a 1-form locally expressible as $dx$?

Given a 1-form $\alpha$ which is non-zero at every point of a manifold $M^n$, is it true that locally I can express the form as $dx$? (that is around each point there is a coordinate neighborhood such ...
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Differential Forms on submanifolds

Say I take an embedded submanifold of $\Bbb R^n$, like the sphere. Any differential form on $\Bbb R^n$ can be restricted to the sphere. My question is this: is any differential form on the sphere (or ...
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Conceptual Question on different representations of Hyperplanes, Higher Standpoint, Coordinate-free

In a vector space $V$ over some field $F$ a hyperplane is the kernel of some linear transformation $T : V \to F$, i.e. the kernel of an element of the dual space (this could be taken as the definition ...
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Integration on $\mathbb{R}^n$ in terms of differential forms

One defines integration on a smooth manifold as follows: First define $\int_M \omega$ when $\omega$ is supported on a single coordinate chart by pulling back to $\mathbb{R}^n$ an integrating there, ...
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A 1-form on a smooth manifold is exact if and only if it integrates to zero on every closed curve

I am stuck on the following problem, which comes from a old qualifying exam. Prove that a 1-form $\phi$ on $M$ is exact if and only if for every closed curve c, $\int_{c} \phi =0$. One way is an ...
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Confused about why $dd=0$ in de rham cohomology?

In Bredon's proof that $dd=0$, he lets $\omega=fdx_1\wedge\cdots\wedge dx_p$, and calculates $$ dd\omega=\sum_{j=1}^n\sum_{i=1}^n\frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial x_i\partial x_j}dx_j\wedge dx_i\wedge ...
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Two isomorphisms of the space of vector fields/forms

Suppose you have a diffeomorphism $$ \phi: M \to N. $$ As far as I understand, this gives rise to two distinct isomorphisms $$ a : \mathcal A^1(M) \cong \mathcal A^1(N) :b $$ between the space of ...
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Global n-form on Calabi-Yau

I am now reading these lectures by Stefan Vandoren on complex geometry. Everything is fine in general, hiwever I am confused with how he defines 1-form on a Calabi-Yau 1-fold (or 2-form on CY$_2$). ...
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Harmonic functions and polar differential forms

Given a harmonic function $u$, its differential and conjugate differential are $$du = \frac{\partial u}{\partial x}dx + \frac{\partial u}{\partial y}dy,\qquad ^{*}du = -\frac{\partial u}{\partial y}dx ...
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How to make an ideal generated by differential forms into a differential ideal?

Let $M=\mathbb{R}^4$ with standard coordinates $x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4$. Let $\alpha=x_2dx_1+x_3dx_3+dx_4$ and $\beta=2dx_2+x_1^2dx_3+x_1dx_4$ How to find a 1-form $\gamma$ such that the ideal generated ...
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How to define integration over the boundary of a curve?

When learning about Stokes' theorem ($\int_{\partial \Omega} \omega=\int_{\Omega} \mathrm d \omega$), we are told that it is just a generalization of the 2nd Fundamental Theorem of Calculus $(\int_a^b ...
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Evaluating differential forms.

Can someone please check my work? It's an exercise from Barret O'Neill's Elementary Differential Geometry. I want to be really sure that my understanding of this is right. I see that the forms ...
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How can we compute the order of 1-form on Riemann surfaces

Let X be a hyperellictic curve defined by $y^2=h(x)$. Let $\pi:X\rightarrow\mathbb{P}^1$ be the double covering map seding $(x,y)$ to $x$. Let $\omega=\pi^*(dx/h(x))$. How can we compute the orders of ...
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An error applying the Stokes theorem?

M is the surface $z=x^2+y^2$ with standard orientation for $x^2+y^2\leq 1$ and $\varphi = 4x^2ydy+z^2dz$ I'd like to verify that $\int_Md\varphi=\int_{\partial M}\varphi$, which I did, but ...
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Let $\phi $ be an exterior $k$-form, where $k$ is an odd integer. Show that $\phi \wedge \phi =0 $

Let $\phi $ be an exterior $k$-form, where $k$ is an odd integer. Show that $\phi \wedge \phi =0 $ We know that If $\phi$ is a $k$ form and $\pi $ is a $l$ form then $\phi \wedge \pi = (-1)^{kl} ...
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understanding differential form from do carmo

I am recently read the differential form book of do carmo and found the following Here I can not understand what is $(dx_i)_p$ here?Is it the derivative map of $x_i$. And I also can not ...
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Interpretation of $p$-forms

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold, let $C^{\infty}(M)$ be set of all smooth functions from $M$ to $\mathbb R$ and let $Vec(M)$ denote the set of all vector fields on $M$. A $1$-form on $M$ is a ...
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Integrating a differential form inside a cylinder

Let S be cylinder given by $x^2+y^2=1$ between $z=1$ and $z=3.$ For $\varphi=e^xdx\wedge dy+ ydz\wedge dx+xdy\wedge dz$ find $\int_S\varphi$. I managed to finish the problem, but I'm getting ...
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linear form $\phi : \mathbb{R^3} \times \mathbb{R^3} \to \mathbb{R}$ is alternate if and only if $\phi(v,v)=0$,for all $v \in \mathbb{R^3}$

Prove that a bilinear form $\phi : \mathbb{R^3} \times \mathbb{R^3} \to \mathbb{R}$ is alternate if and only if $\phi(v,v)=0$,for all $v \in \mathbb{R^3}$. My thought:- If $\phi : \mathbb{R^3} ...
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Flux Integral - where did I go wrong?

S is the graph $z=25-(x^2+y^2)$ over the disk $x^2+y^2\leq 9$ and $\varphi = z^2dx\wedge dy$. Find $\int_S \varphi$. According to the book the answer is $3843\pi$, but the answer I got is ...
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What line does ω project vectors onto?

I have just started learn differential form from the bachman book (page 29)and I found some difficulties in the following problem in 2nd part. Let $ω(<dx,dy>) = −dx + 4dy$. 1. Compute $ω(<1, ...
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The property of an integral manifold of differential form

Let's define the $1$-form $\eta$ on $\mathbb{R}^3$ by formula: $$\eta = A(x,y,z)\;\mathrm{d}x + B(x,y,z)\;\mathrm{d}y + \mathrm{d}z \text{.}$$ And let's assume that $$\mathrm{d}\eta \wedge \eta = ...
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Stoke's theorem explanation

Firstly, Wikipedia informs me that Stoke's theorem might mean two different things so I'm pretty sure I'm talking about the general one. I'll just state what I understand from it and I'd like someone ...
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Wedge product and determinants

I am attempting to self-study differential forms this summer, but I ran into this definition for the wedge product in my book, and it doesn't make any sense to me. Note that $\Bbb R^3_p$ is the ...
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Prove Green's theorem for circles

So the problem is in the title. The rules are that I can't split the circle into "rectangles" and I can't use pull-back. I tried to do something similar to the proof on unit squares. The problem is ...
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Integrate the differential form over a cardioid

$\omega=\dfrac{-ydx+(x-1)dy}{(x-1)^2+y^2}$ Calculate $\int_C\omega$ where $C...r=1+\cos\varphi$ (positively oriented) I'm still pretty lost when it comes to differential forms but as far as I ...
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Integrating a differential form over two oriented line segments

The problem is the following: Integrate the differential form $(\cos x \arctan e^x-y)dx+(2xy-y^2)dy$ over two oriented line segments $AB$ and $BC$ where $A=(0, -1), B=(1, 0)$ and $C=(0,1)$ I'm ...
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Generalizing the Hopf invariant to arbitrary manifolds

I recently ran across a qual question about a generalization the Hopf invariant to smooth maps $f: M^{4n-1} \to N^{2n}$ between arbitrary closed connected oriented manifolds of the indicated ...
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Real part of integral over holomorphic 1-form is zero implies the one-form is zero

Suppose we are working on a Riemann Surface $X$, assume of genus g $\geq$ 1. Let $\omega$ be a holomorphic 1-form on $X$, with $$ \textrm{Re} \int_\gamma \omega = 0$$ for every closed contour ...
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Wedge product of Lie algebra valued differential forms [duplicate]

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be the Lie algebra of a matrix Lie group. Furthermore, let us consider the following $\mathfrak{g}$-valued $p$-form and $\mathfrak{g}$-valued $q$-form: \begin{equation} ...
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differential forms and orientation in Bott and Tu

I am reading Bott and Tu book on my own. If you have the text you can answer my question perhaps, if not it would be too long to explain it. I have gotten to page 29. I am confused about proposition ...
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Independence of $H(f)=\int_M \alpha \wedge f^* \beta$ on choice of $d\alpha=f^*\beta$?

I came across the following UCLA qual question while studying for my upcoming qual: Let $f: M^{4n-1} \to N^{2n}$ be a smooth map between closed connected oriented manifolds of the indicated ...
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Using Stokes's theorem to calculate a value of integral

Use Stokes's theorem to calculate the integral $$I= \int_\Gamma (x^2+2y)dx+(y+z)dy+(z^2+x^2)dz$$ where $\Gamma$ is the boundary of $$\gamma=\left\{ (x,y,z):3x+y+3z=3,x\ge0,y\ge0,z\ge0\right\} $$ ...
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Question about Alternating forms

So I understand the definition of an alternating form on $\mathbb{R}^m$, but I don't really understand the proof of the lemma. Could someone explain the first observation? Why is it so?
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Construct tensors from differential forms?

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold, differential forms are defined using tensors, could we define a tensor using a differential form? For example, if $\omega$ is a two-form on $M$ which is expressed ...
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An object is travelling in a straight line. Its distance, s meters, from a fixed point at time t seconds is given by the expression

$$s=t^3−t^2−6t$$ a) Find ds/dt when t=3 and interpret this result. b) Find d^2s/dt^2 when t=3 and interpret this result. c) Find the time in seconds when the velocity is 2m/s (d) Using the ...
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Why is the exterior derivative called exterior derivative

I am studying exterior calculus, and I think I have some grasp of what is the exterior derivative. However its name still eludes me - why is it called a derivative? Is it just because the operator $d$ ...
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Antipodal map commutes with antipodal map? [duplicate]

Suppose we have a closed form $d\omega$ on $S^{n}$, and antipodal map $i: S^{n} \to S$ n i.e $i:x \to −x$. How to see that the external differential commutes with antipodal map?
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Well-definedness of a coboundary map between a reduced $L^2$ de Rham cohomology group and a relative cohomology group

I'm working right now with this paper of Carron. And I think I'm stuck at a relatively simple question. On page 11 he is defining a coboundary map $b : H^k_{2, \text{reduced}}(M - K) \to H^{k+1}(K, ...
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Proving the pseudosphere is regular and orientable.

The textbook I'm using define the tractrix by $ T=\{(\sin t, \cos t+\log (\tan (t/2))):0<t\leq\pi\}$ and define the pseudospher being the tractrix roting around the $z$-axis, I have to prove that ...
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Poincare dual of unit circle

I'm trying to self-study Differential Forms in Algebraic Topology by Bott and Tu. I've come across this exercise: Show that the closed Poincare dual of the unit circle in $ R^2-\{0 \} $ is zero, ...
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prove that ''pullback'' maps forms to forms

Suppose we have $A: V_{1}\to V_{2}$ where $V_{1},V_{2}$ are real vector spaces. Then $A^{\star}:\mathcal{J}^{k}(V_{2})\to \mathcal{J}^{k}(V_{1})$ where $\mathcal{J}(V):=\{\text{space of all ...
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Change of Coordinate Formula for Differential Forms

Let $M$ be a manifold, $x$ local coordinates on an open set $U$, $y$ local coordinates on an open set $V$. In addition, let $(x, \alpha)$ and $(y, \beta)$ be two induced bases for the common part of ...
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Differentiate the following functions

Let $$y(x)= 4 x^3 e^{2x},$$ then $$y'(x) = 4 \times 3 \, x^2 e^{2x} + 4 \, x^3 \times 2 e^{2x} = 12 \, x^2 e^{2x} + 8 \, x^3 e^{2x}$$ Does this look correct?