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Problem integrating in problem using the Poincaré Lemma

a) It is easy to show that $d\beta=0$. b) $\begin{align}\hat{\mathbb{X}}_t &= \left(\frac{\partial}{\partial t}\hat{\Phi}_t \right) \hat{\Phi}_t^{-1} \\ &= \left(\frac{\partial}{\partial ...
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Pull-back of a one-form on a sphere.

Let $\iota: S^2 \to \mathbb{R}^3$ be the inclusion map and choose a chart $(U,f)$ on $S^2$, where $U=\{(x,y,z)\in \mathbb{R}^3: z>0\}$ and $$f: U \to \mathbb{R}^2,$$ $$ (x,y,z)\mapsto (x,y). $$ I ...
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Moving frame in a semi-Riemannian manifold

Can someone point me some reference for the moving frame theory in semi-Riemannian manifolds, using differential forms? In special, I'm looking for a version of Cartan's structural equations. I've ...
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Poincaré Lemma problems and computing contractions in an economical way

Let $x=(A,B,C,D)$ be coordinates on $\mathbb{R}^4$. $\displaystyle \beta = \frac{(AdB-BdA)\wedge(dC \wedge dD)+(dA \wedge dB)\wedge(CdD-DdC)}{(A^2+B^2+C^2+D^2)^2}$ I would like to compute ...
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Show that $d\beta=0 \iff p=n/2$

Let $\beta$ be the $(n-1)$-form on $\mathbb{R}^n \setminus \{0\}$ given by $\displaystyle \beta = \sum_{i=1}^{n}(-1)^{i-1}\frac{x^i dx^1 \wedge dx^2 \wedge \dots \wedge \hat{dx^i} \wedge \dots ...
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Wedge product descend to the cohomology

I found this statement in Raoul Bott "Differential Forms in Algebraic Topology": "Because the wedge product is an antiderivation, it descends to cohomology." Apparently this meant to be really obvious ...
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Use of Poincare Lemma in solving $\nabla \times \textbf{A}(\textbf{r})=\frac{\textbf{r}}{r^3}$ UPDATED

You are given the following statement of the Poincaré Lemma: If $\Phi_t$ is a one-parameter family of diffeomorphisms on $\mathbb R^n$ (not necessarily a subgroup) and $X_t$ the vector field ...
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Identity concerning Lie derivative of $k$-form $\omega$

Let $X$ and $Y$ be vector fields on $\mathbb{R}^n$. Show that for $\omega$, a $k$-form on $\mathbb{R}^n$, $(L_XL_Y-L_YL_X)\omega=L_{[X,Y]}\omega $. I try using Cartan's magic formula and get that ...
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Identity of the pushforward of a vector field using a Jacobi bracket.

Let $Z(u,v)$ be the vector field $Z(u,v)=(u^2+u,v^2+v)$, let $\Gamma_t$ denote its flow. I have shown that $[X,Z]=Z-X$. Show that $(\Gamma_t)_*X=e^{-t}X-(e^{-t}-1)Z$. Could someone please show me ...
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Green's operator, differential forms

In "Foundations of Differential Manifolds and Lie Groups" by Frank Warner on page 225 there is defined Green's operator: $G: E^p(M) \rightarrow (H^p)^{\perp}$ by setting $G(\alpha)$ to equal the ...
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Pullback of a 1 form on the circle

Q: Let $M$ be a smooth compact manifold, and suppose there is a smooth map $F:M \rightarrow S^{1}$ whose derivative is non-zero at every point. Prove that the de Rham cohomology space $H^{1}(M)$ is ...
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Finding the Lie derivative of a 2-form exercise

Let $\beta=-x dx \wedge dy + ydy \wedge dz$. The vector field is $X=(y,0,z)$.Find the Lie derivative. I try that $\begin{align}L_X \beta &=L_X (-x dx \wedge dy + ydy \wedge dz) = -x L_X(dx ...
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Identity about composition of the push forward of diffeomorphisms

I am able to do part a) and I believe it should be used in solving part b). I think that for part b) we should that $F: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$, $G: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow ...
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$d(\beta \wedge d\beta)=0$ if $k$ is even.

Let $\beta$ be a $k$-form. Show that $d(\beta \wedge d\beta)=0$ if $k$ is even. I get that $d(\beta \wedge d\beta)=d\beta \wedge d \beta + (-1)^k\beta \wedge d^2\beta=d\beta \wedge d \beta$. Why ...
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Exponential of a 2-form

What does $e^{\omega}$ means when $\omega$ is a $2$-form? Is it a $2$-form again? If it is a $2$-form, is its definition $\displaystyle e^{\omega}(u,v)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{\omega(u,v)^n}{n!}$?
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Inner product, differential forms and surfaces (Stokes' theorem)

I'm trying to understand how do you get the Kelvin-Stokes theorem \begin{equation} \int_{S} (\nabla\times \omega) \cdot \mathrm{d}S = \int_{\partial S} \omega \cdot \mathrm{d}r \end{equation} from the ...
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How to understand $d^2=0$ in differential form?

How to understand $d^2=0$ in differential form without a simple proof from the definition?
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Proof of holomorphic Lefschetz fixed point formula using currents in Griffiths and Harris

I am trying to understand the proof of the Holomorphic Lefschetz fixed point formula on page 426 in Griffiths and Harris. However, I find their use of currents extremely confusing. They seem to go ...
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Can you switch the order of the determinants when changing variables using the Jacobian?

Let say we're changing the variables and we use the Jacobian to do this. Lets say we integrate in respect to $u$ and $v$, does it matter if we set up the integral like ...
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Differential forms on $S^1$

I'm reading this old question and there are some things I don't understand. For example, why in the case of $S^1$ can every $1$-form be written in the form $f(\theta)d\theta=c d\theta+dg(\theta)$ ...
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Wedge product computation

Let $\omega \in \Omega^{2}(\mathbb{R}^{2n})$ be the $2$-form $\omega=dx^{1} \wedge dx^{2} + dx^{3} \wedge dx^{4} + \dots + dx^{2n-1} \wedge dx^{2n}$. I want to compute the wedge product of $\omega$ ...
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Coordinate-free definition of integration of differential forms?

Let $\omega$ be an $n$-form on an oriented $n$-manifold $M$. To integrate $\omega$, we choose an atlas $(O_\alpha, (x^1_\alpha,\dots, x^n_\alpha))_\alpha$ for $M$ and a partition of unity ...
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How to Interpret Exterior Derivative as Infinitesimal

In Riemann Integral, one can intuitively interpret $dx$ as infinitesimal, and it makes sense, but in differential forms, it lost this interpretation, is there a way to make connection between these ...
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Arc Length and Differential Forms

Suppose $\gamma$ is circle in $\mathbb{R}^3$ defined by coordinates $\begin{pmatrix}r\cos\theta\\r\sin\theta\\0\end{pmatrix}$, and function $F: \gamma \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ is defined by ...
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double Hodge star operator

$*$ is the Hodge star operator acting on differential $k$-forms on $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ as below: $$*:Λ^k(\mathbb{R}^{n}) \to Λ^{n-k}(\mathbb{R}^{n})$$ $$\alpha \wedge (\star \beta) = \langle ...
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Wedge product of differential forms

I'm trying to grasp the notation and concept of wedge products(, and tensors as well). In my lecture notes, the following expansion/notation for a $(n,r)$-tensor is used: In a basis $\left\{ ...
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Canonical bundle of a fibered product

Let $f: X \to Z$ and $g: Y \to Z$ be smooth morphisms of smooth projective varieties. Consider the fibered product \begin{array}{ccc} X \times_Z Y &\stackrel{\tilde{f}}{\longrightarrow}& Y\\ ...
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exterior product of forms is exact.

I don't know what to do to prove the following statement: Let $U \subset \mathbb R^n$ be an open set and let $\alpha$ be a $k$-form on $U$ and $\beta$ be an $l$-form on $U$. Suppose both $\alpha, ...
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Zeros of $f$ in a disk

If $f$ holomorphic in a domain $U$ and $f(z)\neq 0$ for all $z\in U$ then every zero of $f$ is such that $f(q)=0$ and $\det(Df_{p})>0$. Using that I have to prove that if $f$ keeps that conditions ...
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Differential forms theorem reference request

Let $f: A\subset\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow A$ be smooth ($A$ not necessarily open) and homotopic to the identity map ${\rm id}_A$. If $s^k$ is a singular $k$-chain with image set $A$ and such that ...
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Pull back of a vector representing a 2-form in $\mathbb R^3$

Let $\omega$ be a $2$-form defined in $\mathbb R^3$. I know that it can be represented by a vector field $\xi$ in such a way: $$ \omega_x (v,w) = \xi(x)\cdot (v\times w) $$ ($x,v,w \in \mathbb R^3$ ...
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Closed 1-forms implies exact 1-forms

I have two problems, the first one I think I´ve prove it, but I have problems on the second one. Let $\omega$ a closed $1$-form defined on a open $U\subset \mathbb{R^2}$ and let ...
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Integration of an equation in terms of differential forms

Suppose we have the equation in terms of differential forms $$ d\mathcal{Y}=f(C)dC,$$ here $d\mathcal{Y}(x^i)$ is one form, $C(x^i)$ is a scalar, $f(C)$ is a function of $C$ only. Can it be ...
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Wedge product is zero

Suppose $C$ is a scalar, $\mathcal{Y}$ is one-form and there is the equation $$ dC\wedge \mathcal{Y}=0 \quad (1)$$ What is the most general solution of this equation? Using the geometrical ...
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Relationship between divergence operators defined with respect to two different volume forms.

Let us assume that you have a volume form $\mu$ defined on a manifold $\mathcal{M}$. Then you can define the divergence operator with respect to this metric, such that the following relationship holds ...
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closed and bounded form

I have this problem, Let $\omega$ a closed $1$ form in $\mathbb{R^{2}}\setminus {0} $ such that $\omega$ restricted to the set $D$ is bounded with $D=\left \{ x\in\mathbb{R} \text{ such that }\left | ...
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Wedge product = set intersection?

In a research article [1] I found the following formulation: The wedge product may be considered as set intersection. For example, surfaces of constant $f(x,y,z)$ and surface of constant ...
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differentiable curve

I´m a little stuck with this problem, I think is false but I can´t find a counter example, here is the problem Let $\omega$ a 1-form defined in $U\subset \mathbb{R^{2}}$(it can be $\mathbb{R^{n}}$, ...
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For a differentiable map $f: \mathbb{R^n}\to \mathbb{R^n}$, Show that $f^*({dy_1 \wedge\cdots \wedge dy_n})=\det(df)dx_1\wedge \cdots\wedge dx_n$

Let $f: \mathbb{R^n}\to \mathbb{R^n}$ be a differentiable map given by $f(x_1,\cdots, x_n) = (y_1,\cdots,y_n)$. Show that $f^*({dy_1 \wedge\cdots \wedge dy_n})=\det(df)dx_1\wedge \cdots\wedge dx_n$ ...
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A question on wedge product of differential forms

Let $\omega$ be a $k$-form, is it true that $$\omega\wedge\omega=0?$$ is it true that $$d\omega\wedge d\omega=0?$$
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Is there a way to use this interpretation of differential forms on manifolds?

I read Rudin's "Principles of Mathematical Analysis". In the part of Differential Forms, he defined them formally. I particularly enjoyed the formal viewpoint, since everywhere else it seems that the ...
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What exactly does “differential forms are coordinate free” mean?

Most introductory texts on differential forms praise their property of allowing for a "coordinate free formulation". What exactly does this mean? What would be a concrete example for which a ...
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1-forms and zero simple

Let $\varphi$ a differential transformation such that $\varphi (x,y)=(f(x,y),g(x,y))$ and $D\subset U$ such that $\varphi$ restricted to $\partial D=\gamma$ be distinct zero and we define $i(\varphi ...
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Pullback of area form of manifold by local chart map

Let $M$ be an orientable $2$-manifold in $\mathbb{R}^n$, with area form $dA$. Let $\phi: U \to M$ be a local coordinate system for $M$, with $U \subseteq \mathbb{R}_{uv}^2$. It is stated that ...
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A question on self-dual differential 2-forms

This question is from Lemma 2 in Derdzinski's paper. Let $$\omega=e_1\wedge e_2+e_3\wedge e_4, \eta=e_1\wedge e_3+e_4\wedge e_2, \theta=e_1\wedge e_4+e_2\wedge e_3$$ be a basis for self-dual ...
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Is there a Poincare lemma for codifferential?

Is every co-closed form also locally co-exact? That is for each $k$-form $\omega$ such that $\delta \omega = 0$ there exists $(k-1)$-form $\eta$ for which locally $\omega = \delta \eta$. My current ...
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Definition of Lie Derivative of a Differential Form

I'm self-studying The Geometry of Physics, Third Edition, by Frankel, and the book's two equations defining the Lie derivative of a form, equations 4.16 on page 132, don't seem like they're consistent ...
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Frobenius theorem for singular foliations , what are hypotheses impose over an endomorphism $P:TM\to TM$ that it span a singular foliation in M?

Let $M$ a smooth manifold. Given a morphism $P:TM\to TM$, i.e, $\pi\circ P\equiv Id$ and is linear over the fibers. If we suppose that $P^2=P$, then for each $x\in M$, $P_{x}:T_xM\to T_xM$ is a ...
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Differential form calculation

Below is a problem from Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics. I'm not seeing how the calculation for $\omega_3$ is performed. Any help would be appreciated.
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How to derive the standard symplectic form on a 2-sphere in cylindrical polar coordinates?

I have already know that at a point $p\in S^2$ with $u,v$ the tangent vectors at $p$. Then the standard symplectic form is $\omega_p(u,v) :=\langle p,\,u\times v\rangle$ where $u\times v$ is the outer ...