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### Levi Civita connection along principal curvature directions

Let $(M,g)$ be a surface that can be immersed into $\mathbb{R}^3$. Denote by $\nabla$ the associated Levi Civita connection. Further, let $X_1,X_2$ be the directions of principal curvature which are ...
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### Difference betwee parameterization and embedding of manifolds

What is the difference between embedding and parameterization? Why, for example, we say Gauss parameterization of a convex hypersurfaces, and we don't call it an embedding?
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### Easy solution to Yamabe problem for surfaces

The Yamabe problem asks if, given a Riemannian manifold $(M,g_0)$, it is possible to find a conformal metric $g$ on $M$ with constant scalar curvature. I would like to know if there is some "easy" ...
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### extension of a local orthonormal frame on a hypersurface

Let $N$ be a $(n+1)$-dimensional Riemannian manifold and $M\subset N$ a Riemannian hypersurface (embedded or immersed). Let $M$ and $N$ be oriented and choose a unit normal vector field $\nu$ along ...
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Let $V$ be a vector space of arbitrary (finite) dimension and let $(V, \langle \ ,\ \rangle, I) = (W_1, \langle\ ,\ \rangle_1, I_1) \oplus (W_2, \langle\ ,\ \rangle_2, I_2)$ be a direct sum ...
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### Riemannian Metric Notation

I am just being introduced to Riemannian metrics, and I am having a bit of confusion on the notation. When reading, I've encountered some different notation in different sources, so I want to make ...
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### Gradient of norm of embedding

Let $\varphi:(M,g,\nabla)\to\mathbb{R}^n$ be a smooth embedding of a convex hypersurface. I want to explicitly calculate $$\langle \varphi,\varphi_{\ast}(\nabla\|\varphi\|^2)\rangle.$$ In particular, ...
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### How do we check conformal equivalence of parametrized surfaces, e.g. parallel surfaces?

Suppose we have two parametrized surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^3$: $$X,Y:\mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$$ The induced metric on either surface is the pullback of the Euclidean metric $\bar g$ due ...
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### What distinguishes elliptical coordinates from polar coordinates?

I am trying to identify what characteristic distinguishes elliptical coordinates from polar coordinates. For concreteness, let's write down the expressions. Polar: $$x=r \cos(t) \\ y=r \sin(t)$$ ...
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### Connected components of the complement of a closed geodesic on a hyperbolic surface.

Let $M$ be homeomorphic to a 2-sphere with a finite number $\geq 3$ of points removed. This implies that $M$ can be equipped with a complete, finite area hyperbolic metric. I imagine $M$ as an ideal ...
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### Function whose gradient is of constant norm

Let $f:\mathbb R^n\rightarrow \mathbb R$ be a smooth function such that $\|\nabla f(x)\|=1$ for all $x\in \mathbb R^n$ and $f(0)=0$. I would like to prove that $f$ is linear. I first looked at the ...
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### Does the possibility of linear coordinate changes imply that the manifold is Euclidean?

Question. Let $M$ be a smooth manifold admitting an atlas $\mathcal{A}$ (i.e. a collection of coordinate charts that covers the whole manifold) with the following property: for every pair ...
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### Constant in Sobolev-Poincare inequality on compact manifold $M$; how does it depend on $M$?

Let $M$ be a smooth compact Riemannian manifold of dimension $n$. Let $p$ and $q$ be related by $\frac 1p = \frac 1q - \frac 1n$. There is a constant $C$ such that for all $u \in W^{1,q}(M)$ ...
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### Reference for construction on Riemannian Manifolds

I would like to know a book or an article where the connected sum of Riemannian manifolds is explained with some detail. I roughly know how to do the construction but I want to be able to check a more ...
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I am reading John Lee's Riemannian Geometry Chapter 3, and I want to do some exercises. I think that I need some hints to solve the following: (Problem 3-8 of that book) Suppose $M$ and $N$ are ...
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### Generalizations of the product neighborhood theorem

As far as I know, the Product Neighborhood Theorem for smooth manifolds states that if $N\subseteq M$ is a smooth compact submanifold without boundary of codimension $n$ and there is a trivialization ...
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### Ellipticity of Ricci tensor, does it depend on coordinates?

Well, I am afraid this is a silly question because I know the answer must be 'yes, it does'. But I don't see why. I put the problem in context. The ricci tensor can be regarded as a differential ...
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### Known methods to detect coordinate singularities?

MOTIVATION In Riemannian geometry, when one writes the metric tensor in a particular coordinate system, certain 'fake' singularities might appear that have little to do with the geometry near them. ...
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### Reference frame rotation depending on metric tensor $g_{\mu\nu}$

My simple question is: The infinitesimal line element is $$ds^2=g_{\mu\nu}dx^{\mu}dx^{\nu}$$ where $g_{\mu\nu}$ is the metric tensor of the space. Is it possible from the simple knowledge of ...
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### Question about a notation. Norm of the derivative of a function at a point

Given is an analytic function from $M$ to $N$, both equipped with conformal Riemannian metric, say $g$ and $h$ resp. What might the $h$ norm of the derivative of the function at a point mean? ...
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### Left-invariant Riemannian metric on $SO(3)$

Let's consier the manifold $SO(3)$. First problem is to show that $T_I SO(3)$ is a space of skew-symmetric matrices $3\times 3$. How can I deduce it? Then I have to prove there exists exactly one ...
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### Computing geodesic distances from structural data

I am attempting to compute geodesic distances on manifolds where structural data have been sparsely sampled. First, off I am not well versed in the mathematics of differential geometry but I do have ...
If I have the covariant Laplacian operator acting on a tensor e.g. $\nabla^2 h_{\mu\nu}$ on a (pseudo-Riemannian) manifold, and I have (say a codimension-2) submanifold, how can I "decompose" the ...