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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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the exact form in a manifold

Let $M$ be a compact manifold, $X$ is a vector field on $M$, $\alpha$ is a closed 2-form on $M$, $\phi: M\to M$ is a diffeomorphism such that $\phi^*\alpha=\alpha$, then I want to konw whether $$ ...
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A question on harmonic two-forms

Let $(M^4,g)$ be a closed Riemannian four-manifold with $b_2^+>0$ and $b_2^->0$, is it possible to find two harmonic two-forms $\alpha\in H^2_+(M)$ and $\beta\in H^2_-(M)$, such that ...
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When is an exact 2-form harmonic?

Let $\alpha$ be an exact two-form, $\alpha=d\beta$ for some one-form $\beta$, when is $\alpha$ harmonic? By uniqueness of harmonic forms in cohomology classes, it cannot be harmonic?
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surface element of $S^{3}$

How does one show that the surface element of $S^{3}=\{x=(x_{1},...,x_{4})\in\mathbb{R}^{4}\;|x|^2=1\}$ is given by the following 3-form: $\omega=x_{1}dx_{2}\wedge dx_{3}\wedge ...
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what does it mean for a differential form to be well defined on a manifold?

What does it mean for a differential form to be well defined on some manifold. In particular, why the $2$-form $\omega=d\psi\wedge d\theta$ is well defined on $S^{2}$? Thank you in advance.
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integral of a 2-form over an oriented manifold

An old exam question: Let $M$ be oriented submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ of dimension $k$, let $\omega$ be a $k$-form on $M$. 1) Define $\displaystyle\int_{M}\omega$ 2) let ...
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De Rham cohomology for $\mathbb{R^2}$

De Rham cohomology groups for $\mathbb{R^2}$. $H^{0}_{dR}(\mathbb{R}^{2})=\mathbb{R}$ since $Z^{0}(\mathbb{R}^{2})$ is the one dimensional space of locally constant functions on $\mathbb{R}^{2}$ and ...
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Commutative differential graded algebra

The situation is the following: Let $V$ be a Lie algebra of finite dimension, say n, and let be the graded commutative algebra $(\bigwedge^{\bullet}V)^*:=(\bigoplus_{k=0}^n\bigwedge^kV)^*$ and define ...
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Given a closed form, show it is exact

I came across an old exam problem and I wonder how to approach it: 1) Show that if $f$ is a $k$-form on $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ and $df=0$, $k>0$ then $f=dg$ for some $k-1$-form $g$. My first thoughts: ...
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Defining the integral of differential $1$-forms

Assume $M$ is a smooth manifold, $g:[0,1]\to M$ is a smooth curve on $M$, and $w$ is $1$-form on $M$. Definition: $$\int_gw=\lim_{\Delta\to 0}\sum_{i=1}^nw(x_i)$$ The tangent vectors $x_i$ are ...
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De Rham cohomology, and forms on manifolds

In String Theory and M-Theory by Becker, Becker and Schwarz, they introduce a group, $$C^{p}(M)$$ which they denote the group of all closed $p$-forms on the manifold $M$. Furthermore, they state ...
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diffeomorphism preserve a volume form

Let $\omega_1$, $\omega_2$ two volume form on a compact manifold $M$, we know that there exists a never-vanishing function $f$, s.t. $\omega_1=f\omega_2$. If $h$ is a diffeomorphism $M \to M$ ...
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How to show the identity $d(*df)=(\Delta f)\nu$ where $\nu=dx_1\wedge\ldots \wedge dx_n$?

My textbook defines the Hodge star operator as follows: Given $\omega\in \Omega^k(\mathbb R^n)$ we define $*\omega\in \Omega^{n-1}(\mathbb R^n)$ setting $$*(dx_{i_1}\wedge\ldots\wedge ...
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Flat Surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^3$ Can Be Bent Only Along Straight Lines

This is a problem out of Elementary Differential Geometry by Barrett O'Neill (Chapter 6 Section 3 Number 2). Let $M$ be a flat surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$ with principal curvatures $k_1$ and $k_2$, ...
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A few identities on differential forms

I just started studying differentiable manifolds, and I've encountered a few allegedly simple questions that aren't really simple to me. If possible, I'd be very happy to see full proofs (without ...
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surface area of a Torus using differential forms,

Im studing integration over manifolds. I want to compute the surface area of the torus. Im given the usual parametrization $f(u,v)= ((a+b\cos(v))\cos(u), (a+b\cos(v))\sin(u), b\sin(v))$ for $0\leq ...
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The kernel of a differential one-form

I'm thinking about the kernel of a differential one-form $\theta\in\Lambda^{1}(M)$: $$ Ker(\theta):=\left\{X\in\mathfrak{X}(M) \;|\; \theta(X)=0\right\} $$ Now suppose $X\in Ker(\theta)$, then is ...
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Recovering a frame field from its connection forms

I have a faced a research problem where I would need to recover a frame field given its connection forms. More precisely, I begin with an orthonormal frame field (given by data) in $\Re^3$ written as ...
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Winding number of a linear transformation?

I know that I am computing something incorrectly. I am trying to compute the index of a positive determinant linear bijection. The form I am using is $\omega = \frac{-y dx + x dy}{x^2 + y^2}$. I ...
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Does this Condition Force this Differential 2-form to be 0?

Let $dw$ be a 2-form; $\alpha$ be a 1-form, $g$ a function (i.e., a 0-form), $X$ be a fixed vector field , all living in a 3-manifold, so that $$dw(X,.)=g\alpha .$$ Does this condition force $dw$ to ...
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differential form and cylindrical coordinate

Problem. If $r, \theta, z$ are the cylindrical coordinate functions on $\mathbb > R^3$ , then $x = r\cos\theta, y = r\sin\theta, z = z$. Compute the volume element dx dy dz of $\mathbb R^3$ ...
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Cartan formalism calculation

Just to test out the Cartan formalism, I decided to apply it to the sphere. So, it admits a metric, $$\mathrm{d}s^2 = \mathrm{d}r^2 + r^2 \sin^2 \phi \mathrm{d}\theta^2 + r^2 \mathrm{d}\phi^2$$ from ...
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Interior product of differential forms

The interior product of a 2-form $\beta$ and vector field $X$ is defined by $(i_x\beta)(Y)=\beta(X,Y)$ where $Y$ is a vector field. This is the definition of a 2-form (and it's similar for a ...
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What's the mistake in this application of differential forms to vector calculus?

This is the first time I try to apply the calculus of differential forms to make some computation so sorry if I say something very silly. My try was the following: $M=\mathbb{R}^3$, and ...
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Verifying that for w a Contact Form , dw is not zero on Contact Planes.

I'm relatively new to contact forms, and to differential forms in generals; please forgive if this is too simple: I want to show that if $w$ is a contact form (say for a 3-manifold $M^3$), then $dw$ ...
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How to proceed this computation with differential forms?

I've been studying Spivak's differential geometry book and he defines the exterior derivative of $\omega \in \Omega^k(M)$ in a coordinate system $(x,U)$ by $$d\omega = d\omega_{i_1\cdots i_k}\wedge ...
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Homework: calculation about differential form

Here is the question: Let $\omega = A dy\wedge dz + B dz \wedge dx + C dx \wedge dy$ in $\mathbf{R}^3$, and $d\omega = 0$. Denote \begin{eqnarray} \alpha = \int_0^1 tA(tx,ty,tz)dt\cdot(ydz-zdy)\\ ...
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What exactly are n-forms and how are they related to dual vectors?

I'm trying to get a hold of tensor analysis on manifolds and the idea of vectors and tangent spaces are just starting to click, but I don't really get how the differential of a function can be viewed ...
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Why are de Rham cohomology and Cech cohomology of the constant sheaf the same

I am comfortable with de Rham cohomology, sheaves, sheaf cohomology and Cech cohomology. I am looking to prove the following theorem: If $M$ is a smooth manifold of dimension $m$, then we have ...
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Why 'closed differential forms' are called 'closed'?

As is well known a differential form $ \omega $ is called closed differential form if it satisfies $ \mbox{d} \omega = 0 \, \, (\ast) \, $ where $ \mbox {d} $ is the exterior derivative. I think the ...
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If differential 1-forms agree on chains with integer coefficients, are they equal?

Let $M$ be a real, smooth manifold. Let $\omega_1$ and $\omega_2$ be differential 1-forms on $M$, and let $C_1(\mathbb Z,M)$ denote the set of 1-chains with integer coefficients. If \begin{align} ...
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When can a functional be written as the integral of a 1-form?

Let a real, smooth manifold $M$ be given. Let $\Gamma$ denote the set of all path segments on $M$, namely the set of all paths of the form $\gamma:[a,b]\to M$. Let $Q:\Gamma\to\mathbb R$ be a ...
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Pullback of a form using the Hopf fibration

I embed the 2-sphere and the 3-sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and $\mathbb{R}^4$ respectively. Then denote by $\{x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4\}$ the coordinates on the 3-sphere and $\{y_1,y_2,y_3\}$ on the 2-sphere. So ...