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How to show $[\omega]=0$ implies $[\omega^n]=0$?

I'm trying to prove the following: If $(M, \omega)$ is a symplectic manifold and $[\omega]=0$ then $[\omega^n]=0$, where $[\omega]$ is the De Rham cohomology class of $\omega$. Well what I've done ...
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1- forms on a torus

I think this is a very simple question but I'm not really confident in mathematics (even if I like it very much) Let's fix a cube $[0,1]^3$ in $R^3$ and identify opposite sides, so as to construct a ...
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Homework: closed 1-forms on $S^2$ are exact.

From the 2008 UCLA Geometry-Topology qualifying exam: let $\theta$ be a $1$-form on $S^2$ with $d \theta = 0$. Construct a function $f$ on $S^2$ with $d f = \theta$. I'm not very confident in my ...
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A $2$-form on $S^2$ is exact if it integrates to zero.

I'm trying to show that a $2$-form on $S^2$ is exact if and only if it integrates to zero, without appealing to de Rham's theorem (basically only using the Poincaré lemma [that every closed form on a ...
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Integrating 2-form

In $\mathbb{R}^3$ I consider the compact 2-dimensional manifold $$ M=\left\{(x,y,z)\in\mathbb{R}^2: z=xy\right\} $$ which is orientated by the (global) map ...
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Why is arc length not a differential form?

I read that the arc length is not a differential form. But I don't understand why it isn't. I understand that differential forms are integrands and arc length is an expression which is integrable. ...
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Show that $\int_Md\omega=0$.

Let $\omega$ be a continiously differentiable $(k-1)$-form in the open set $U\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ and $M\subseteq U$ an orientated compact k-dimensional manifold. Show that $$ ...
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Relation between de Rham cohomology and integration

This question is a follow-up to When does a null integral implies that a form is exact? . As mentionned in the selected answer, given certain conditions it is possible to find an isomorphism between ...
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What is the motivation for differential forms?

I am that point in my mathematical career where I am learning differential forms. I am reading from M.Spivak's Calculus on Manifolds. So far I have gone over the tensor and wedge products and their ...
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Inner product of De Rham cohomology classes

Is there a well-defined inner product between cohomology classes? In particular, is it possible to extend the Hodge inner product? If I try, I obtain this: $$\int *(\omega + d\lambda)\wedge (\sigma + ...
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What do we mean when we say a differential form “descends to the quotient”?

Let $S$ be a surface and let $f:S\rightarrow S$ be a diffeomorphism. We define the mapping torus $M_f$ of the pair $(S,f)$ to be the quotient $$(S\times I) /\sim \quad \text{ where } \ (1,x) \sim ...
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When does a null integral implies that a form is exact?

It is trivial to prove that the integration of a $(n-1)$ exact form on the boundary of a $n$-manifold is 0. What about the contraposative ? If the integration of a $(n-1)$-form on the boundary of a ...
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“Ordinary” and “polar” vector fields in Euclidean $3$-space

In his book Differential Forms with Applications to the Physical Sciences, on pages 19--20, Harley Flanders writes: "a one-form $$ \omega = P\,dx+Q\,dy+R\,dz$$ may be identified with an ...
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symplectic strucutre

Suppose $\omega$ is symplectic structure on $\mathbb R^n$. Let $\omega_0:=\omega|_{x=0}$. Let $\overline{\omega}= \omega_0-\omega$ and for $t\in[0,1]; \omega_t:= \omega+ t\overline{\omega}$. How ...
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Intuitive meaning of $L_X\omega$

Suppose $\alpha$ is a one form and $\omega$ is two form such that $$\alpha= \omega(X,.)\text{ for some } X$$ Then what does intutive meaning of the following expression $$L_X\omega= \omega$$
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Lie derivative along time-dependent vector fields

In "Lectures on Symplectic Geometry" by A. C. da Silva (http://www.math.ist.utl.pt/~acannas/Books/lsg.pdf) the author gives the following definition: $$ \mathcal{L}_{v_t} := \frac{\mathrm d }{\mathrm ...
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Geometric understanding of differential forms.

I would like to understand differential forms more intuitively. I have yet to find a book which explains how the use of the exterior product in differential forms ties into the geometrical ...
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De Rham cohomology notation

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Rham_cohomology, one defines the $k$-th de Rham cohomology group $H^{k}_{\mathrm{dR}}(M)$ to be the set of equivalence classes, that is, the set ...
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Writing Integrals using Differential Forms

Consider some smooth curve $C \subset \mathbb{R^n}$ and $\gamma:[a,b] \subset\mathbb{R}\rightarrow C$ a parametrisation of $C$ and a continuous vector field $K:\mathbb{R^n} \rightarrow \mathbb{R^n}$. ...
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Question on Differential forms

Let $\Omega\subseteq \mathbb{R}^2$ be an open set and $\omega=\omega^1dx_1+\omega^2dx_2$ an $1$-form on $\Omega$ and $$L=\omega^2\frac{\partial}{\partial x_1}-\omega_1\frac{\partial}{\partial ...
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Question on 2-chain on $\mathbb{R}^3$

Let $\gamma:[0,1]\to\mathbb{R}^3\setminus\{0\}$ be a simplex, with $\gamma(0)=\gamma(1)$. How can I show that exists a $2$-chain $\sigma$ on $\mathbb{R}^3\setminus\{0\}$ such that ...
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Locally exact differential in a disk is exact

I'm reading through Ahlfors' Complex Analysis text for self study, and I found difficulty with a proof. In chapter 4 he defines a locally exact differential as a differential who is exact in some ...
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What exactly does it mean to say that “functions cannot be integrated on Riemann surfaces”?

I've seen statements of this sort used to motivate the introduction of differential forms, and I'm not sure exactly what's meant. Obviously if you start by defining differentiation as an operation ...
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Exact and Closed forms on Manifolds with Boundary

Let $\bar{M}$ be a manifold with boundary and let $M$ be its interior. Is this statement correct? A smooth k-form $\alpha$ on $\bar{M}$ is closed (exact) if and only if its restriction to $M$, i.e. ...
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Prove that $\frac{1}{2\pi}\frac{xdy-ydx}{x^2+y^2}$ is closed

I would like to prove that $\alpha = \frac{1}{2\pi} \frac{xdy-ydx}{x^2+y^2}$ is a closed differential form on $\mathbb{R}^2-\{0\}$ . However when I apply the external derivative to this expression ...
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Clarification about differential forms in polar coordinates

In my course about differential forms, we define 1-forms as follows: If $(e_1,..,e_m)$ is the standard basis of $\mathbb{R}^m$ and $\sigma$ a chart around $p\in M$ on the m-dimensional manifold $M$, ...
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A differential form to compute the k-volume of a k-parallelogram in n dimensions

Computing the k-volume of a k-parallelogram (i.e. a parallelogram spanned by k n-dimensional vectors) in n dimensions is straightforward: Let $P=[\overrightarrow{v_1},...,\overrightarrow{v_k}]$, then ...
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Integral of wedge product of two one forms on a Riemann surface

I'm having trouble verifying an elementary assertion made in this answer on MathOverflow. It seems more like a math.stackexchange question, so I'm asking it here. Anyway, the assertion is as follows ...
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Existence of a left-invariant $n$-form on a Lie group of dimension $n$

This Do Carmo, Riemannian Geometry, Chapter 1, Exercise 7: Show that there exists a left invariant differential $n$-form $\omega$ on $G$ ($G$ is a compact connected lie group and $\dim G=n$). ...
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Algorithm/Procedure for finding $\sigma$ such that $\omega=d\sigma$

I know that the Poincare's lemma asserts that under certain conditions a differential form $\omega$ is exact, i.e. it possesses an antiderivative $\sigma$, such that $\omega=d\sigma$. But as ...
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Equality involving exterior product..

suppose you have a differential form $\omega$ writting in local coordinates as $$\omega=\sum_{i=1}^ndx_i\wedge dy_i.$$ Can anyone help me showing the following equality: $$\omega^n=n!(dx_1\wedge ...
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Smooth homotopic maps and closed forms..

does anyone have any idea for showing the following: Let $f_0, f_1:M\rightarrow N$ smooth homotopic maps between the manifolds $M$ and $N$. Suppose $M$ is compact with no boundary. Show that for every ...
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Maurer-Cartan 1-form

Can anyone help me with the following? Let $\rho$ be the right-invariant Maurer-Cartan 1-form $$\rho = dg\ g^{-1}$$ I want to show that the MC equation $$d\rho - \rho \wedge\rho = 0$$ holds. So ...
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Curvature tensor of 2-sphere using exterior differential forms (tetrads)

$ds^2= r^2 (d\theta^2 + \sin^2{\theta}d\phi^2)$ The following is the tetrad basis $e^{\theta}=r d{\theta} \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, e^{\phi}=r \sin{\theta} d{\phi}$ Hence, $de^{\theta}=0 ...
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Classic example of a non exact form

Let $\dfrac{xdy-ydx}{x^2+y^2}$ be a 1-form defined in $\mathbb{R}^2\backslash\{0\}$. Where can I find a detailed proof that it is not exact? I would prefer a proof that doesn't use results about ...
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Symplectic Form Preserved by Orthogonal Transformation

I'm trying to prove that the symplectic form $$\omega = d(\cos\theta) \wedge d\phi$$ is preserved by the action of $SO(3)$ on $S^2$ where $\phi$ and $\theta$ are spherical polars. Now $SO(3)$ simply ...
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Is Cartan's magic formula applicable to time dependent vector fields?

Cartan's magic formula states: $$\mathcal{L}_v\omega = i_v\mathrm{d}\omega + \mathrm{d}i_v\omega$$ Is this also true for time dependent vector fields? If so: How can I prove it? If not: Is there a ...
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Orientations on Manifold

This is a very basic definition of orientable and very basic example 20.5 however ı could not understand definition in an good way so ı want you to explain my green writing please :) and my example ...
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integral of closed differential form

This is my first course in differential forms so it might be a trivial question. If $\mu$ is a $n-1$-form on $n$-dim manifold $X$ the book uses that $$\int_X{d\mu}=0.$$ Is this expression valid for ...
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Constructing a 2 form that does not vanish on a space from a one form that does

This may be a silly question... Given a nonzero one-form $\omega$ that vanishes on a subspace $W$ (with dimension larger than $2$), is it possible to find another one form $\phi$ such that ...
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Solve the i.v.p DE

Solve the i.v.p $y^{(4)}-y'''=0 , y(0)=0, y'(0)=0, y"(0)=0, y"'(0)=0$ Would I use the formula $a^{(1/n)}=R^{(1/n)}e^{(e^{i(alpha+2k(\pi))/n})}$
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Why is $\theta \not \in C^{\infty}(S^1)$?

Why is $\theta \not \in C^{\infty}(S^1)$? I know that since $\int_{S^1} d\theta = 2\pi$ then $d\theta$ is not exact. Thus since $d(\theta)=d\theta$, $\theta$ must not be $C^{\infty}$ but it seems ...
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$k$-forms on $\mathbb{R}^n$

Given an expression like $$ dx_1\wedge dx_2 \wedge dx_4 \left( \begin{bmatrix} 1\\2\\3\ \end{bmatrix} \ , \ \begin{bmatrix} 4\\5\\6 \end{bmatrix} \ , \ \begin{bmatrix} 7\\8\\9 \end{bmatrix} \right) \ ...
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What is a de Rham k-form?

I generally know what a differential k-form is. But what does it mean for a k-form to be a "de Rham" k-form? Thanks in advance!
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Whats the connection between formss and vector fields?

I heard someone talking about how vector fields are the kernels of forms. Can someone give me a detailed explanation about how this works? Thanks.
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Inducing orientations on boundary manifolds

Given a $k$-manifold $M$, such that $\partial M$ is a $(k-1)$-manifold, there is a standard way in which $\partial M$ inherits the orientation of $M$. So if $M$ is oriented by the form field $\omega$, ...
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What is the relation of $\int f dx^1\wedge dx^2\wedge …\wedge dx^n=\int f dx^1…dx^n$

In a book "calculus on manifolds" it is defined that $\int f dx^1\wedge dx^2\wedge ...\wedge dx^n=\int f dx^1...dx^n$ but how it is possible the relate the integrand of a multilinear function ...
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Computing $n$-th external power of standard simplectic form

I need some help: Define a 2-form on $R^n$ by $\omega=dx_1\wedge dx_2+dx_3\wedge dx_4+...+dx_{2n-1}\wedge dx_{2n}$. How to compute $\omega^n:=\omega\wedge\omega\wedge\ldots\wedge\omega$?
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What does $\Omega^\bullet(M)$ mean?

What does $\Omega^\bullet(M)$ mean? I know that $\Omega^k(M)$ is the set of all differential k-forms. Thanks in advance!
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Differential Forms and Area

I think I'm just misunderstanding something here, but in $\mathbb{R}^2,$ there exists a $1$-form (in fact infinitely many) $\omega$ such that for any region $S,$ we have $\int_{\partial S} \omega = ...