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Proof that this surface is of revolution

I have a surface with parametric equation $$\mathbf{x}(u,v)=(u\cos(v),u\sin(v),u^2),$$ $u$ is any real number, $v$ is between $0$ and $2\pi$. I don't know how to show that this is surface of ...
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Number of intersections of two closed loops on a genus zero surface

I have stumbled onto the following fact and I am quite helpless in seeing why this is true (although I can agree intuitively). Let $M$ be a surface of genus zero (open or closed, with or without ...
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Strain mapping sphere to plane

I need general indications or guidance. I do not know how to map a surface $ z = \sin (\pi x) \sin (\pi y), (x,0,\pi), (y,0,\pi)$ to a unit square. Nor do I know how to map a quadrant of a unit ...
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differential of $f:X\to\Sigma$ as an elliptic surface,

Let $X$ be an algebraic surface surface and $\sum$ an algebraic curve, and assume, $f:X\to\Sigma$ be an elliptic surface, my question is Why the differential $df$ can be viewed as an injection of ...
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Convex surface on which any two points $a,b$ can be joined by a curve of length $(\pi/2-\epsilon)|a-b|$

I am trying to solve an exercise on page 13 of the book Metric structures on Riemannian and non-Riemannian spaces by Gromov. Construct a closed, convex surface $X$ in $\mathbb R^3$ such that any ...
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Constant curvature geodesic circles on a surface with constant Gauss curvature

Referring to: Curvature of geodesic circles on surface with constant curvature, Is it possible to combine further the last two of the three equations in the link given above into a single ODE / PDE ...
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Show a smooth map from a compact, connected, orientable surface to a cyllinder has singular derivative at 2 points.

Let $M$ be a compact, connected, orientable surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Let $N$ be the cyllinder in $\mathbb{R}^3$ defined by $x^2+y^2=1$. Suppose $f:M\to N$ is $C^{\infty}$. Show that $f_*:TM\to ...
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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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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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Definition of the algebraic intersection number of oriented closed curves.

Can anyone point me to a reference (book/paper) where I can read up on the the algebraic intersection number of closed curves on an orientable surface? In this paper by John Franks it is used to ...
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Boundary under transformation of a closed curve from $R^2\to R^3$

Consider some mapping $\phi: R_{uv} \to S\subset \mathbb{R}^3$ where $R_{uv}\subset \mathbb{R}^2$ and such that it is a simply connected region. We call the boundary of the surface (which we ...
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Parallel Transport - Path independence

I'm trying to solve this problem: Prove that if the parallel transport is path independent, i.e., given two points $p,q \in S$ the parallel transport from $p$ to $q$ is the same, no matter the curve ...
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Regular Surface: Regularity Condition

I am having some difficulty in understanding the meaning/motivation of the regularity condition in the definition of regular surfaces. The definition (restricted to $\mathbb{R}^2$ and ...
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Metric Tensors and its Taylor Expansion in Normal Coordinates

With metric tensors of the unit sphere in normal coordinates, their Taylor series for $p\in S$ near the north pole $N$ can be written as follows. $$g_{rr}(p) \equiv 1; g_{r\theta}(p) = g_{\theta ...
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Metric Questions Using the First Fundamental Form

Consider the Poincare Disk with local coordinates $\rho=\log\frac{1+r}{1-r}$ and $\theta$, where $r$ is the radius and $\theta$ is the angle with $x$ axis. After finding the metric tensors as ...
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Showing that two surfaces are not isometric/locally isometric

I am trying to solve an exercise which asks to show that two surfaces are not isometric and additionally that they are not locally isometric. The two surfaces presented are graphs. I know that if two ...
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Given a diffeomorphism between two surfaces, is there an expression for the pullback of the covariant derivative of a vector field?

Let $A$ and $B$ be two surfaces (smooth enough) in an affine space $M$ with metric $g$. Let $g^A$, $g^B$ be the metric tensors on the two surfaces induced by $g$, and $\nabla^A$, $\nabla^B$ the ...
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compact surface of revolution

I have to prove that a compact surface of revolution is diffeomorphic to a sphere or to a torus. And show that $\int_{S} K dA= $ =$\{4\pi,$ if S is spherical type 0, if S is toric type $\}$, ...
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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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Finding the Asymptotic Curves of a Given Surface

I have to find the asymptotic curves of the surface given by $$z = a \left( \frac{x}{y} + \frac{y}{x} \right),$$ for constant $a \neq 0$. I guess that what was meant by that statement is that surface ...
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Diffeomorphism between a regular surface and the plane

Do Carmo states that (example 2, page 74) if $\mathbf x: U\subset\mathbb R^2\rightarrow S$ is a parameterization, then $\mathbf x^{-1}: \mathbf x(U)\rightarrow \mathbb R^2$ is differentiable. Why is ...
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First and Second Fundamental Form Intuition

I was just wondering what various quantities relating to the first and second fundamental forms of a regular surface mean intuitively. First of all, another explanation as to what the first and second ...
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The relation between principal curvature and curvature tensor?

To me, there are two systems of curvature of a surface, one is consist of 'principal curvature, mean curvature, Guass curvature, normal curvature' while the other is consist of 'curvature tensor'. I ...
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Umbilic Points of an Ellipsoid

I have an ellipsoid given by $S = \{ (x,y,z): \frac{x^{2}}{a^{2}} + \frac{y^{2}}{b^{2}} + \frac{z^{2}}{c^{2}} = 1$, for some fixed $a,b,c \in \mathbb{R}^{+} \}$. I need to find the umbilic points of ...
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Orthogonal Parametrization of a Regular Surface

I was just wondering whether or not it is always possible to parametrize a regular surface $S$ via a function $X$ of local coordinates $u$, $v$ such that $X$ is an orthogonal parametrization- that is ...
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Surfaces of Revolution with Constant Gaussian Curvature

Surface $S$ is parametrized by $$X(u,v) = (\varphi(v) \cos{(u)}, \varphi(v) \sin{(u)}, \psi{(v}))$$ with everywhere-constant Gaussian curvature $K$. Let $v$ be the arc length of the generating curve ...
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Proving the a Pseudosphere is a Regular Surface

I need to prove that a pseudosphere $S$ is a regular surface. I have found for $S$ the parametrization $X(t,\theta) = (\mathbb{e}^{t} cos{(\theta)}, \mathbb{e}^{t} sin{(\theta)}, \pm ...
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Proving that a surface is a Möbius strip

I have a given parametrization $X(u,v)$ of a surface $S$ in $\mathbb{R}$. I must prove that it is a Möbius strip. I cannot use graphical means and I am not to reparametrize the surface- essentially, I ...
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How does this integration by parts work: $\int_{Q}v\varphi_t\;dxdt = -\int_S \varphi v|_{S} \nu_t - \int_Q v_t \varphi\;dxdt$

Let $\Omega(t)$ be a bounded domain for each $t$. Let $Q=\bigcup_{t \in [0,T]} \Omega(t) \times \{t\}$ and $S=\bigcup_{t \in [0,T]} \partial\Omega(t) \times \{t\}$. The normal vector to $S$ at ...
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The principal curvatures of a surface of revolution

The principal curvatures of the surface at a point is defined as the maximal and the minimal curvature among all normal sections. It's claimed (say, on Stillwell's Geometry of Surfaces) that for a ...
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Why use Gauss and mean curvature to characterize a surface's deviation from being “flat” at one point?

We know for a 2-dimensional surface there are two orthogonal principal directions at every point, where the principal curvatures $\kappa_1$ and $\kappa_2$ are the two ends of the curvature spectrum ...
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Showing to be Unit-sphere

First and second fundamental forms are both $du^2 +\cos^2 u dv^2$ I want to show that the surface is a part of the unit sphere. What I did is following; $E=L=1$ $F=M=0$ $N=G=\cos^2 u$ ...
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Example of 1-dimensional hypersurface in $\mathbb{R}^2$ which is compact?

Is there an explicit example of a $1$-dimensional $C^k$ hypersurface in $\mathbb{R}^2$ which has no boundary and is compact? I know of a circle, but want something like an interval.
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If there exists a diffeomorphism between two surfaces, what is the relation between Laplace-Beltrami operators on the surfaces?

Let $S(0)$ and $S(t)$ be a hypersurface in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Suppose there is a diffeomorphism $F^0_t:S(0) \to S(t)$. Suppose we have the Laplace-Beltrami operator $\Delta_{S(\cdot)}$. Let $u:S(t) \to ...
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What's the first fundamental form of a regular surface in complex coordinates and how to get it?

Precisely, the first fundamental form of a regular surface is given by $$ds^2=Edx^2+2Fdx\ dy+Gdy^2.$$ What's the form of $ds^2$ in complex coordinates $z=x+iy$.
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If $S$ is a $C^k$ hypersurface, is $S\times (0,\infty)$ a $C^k$ hypersurface too?

Let $S$ be an $n$ dimensional $C^k$ hypersurface in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}.$ Is $S \times (0,\infty)$ also a $C^k$ hypersurface (in $\mathbb{R}^{n+2}$)? I don't know what the chart map should be...
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a good introduction to Laplace Beltrami operator over differential manifolds?

I'd like to have a good reference to understand how the Laplacian operator get generalized over differential manifolds. More concretely, I want to understand and prove the equation : $$\Delta ...
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Trying to prove shortest distance between two points

I'm trying to prove that the shortest distance between two points in the Euclidean plane is a straight line: Here is what I've achieved so far; but I've got lost right at the end if anyone could ...
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Total/Gaussian curvature is intrinsic, yet mean curvature is extrinsic, why?

What characteristics define the total/mean curvature to be intrinsic/extrinsic accordingly? What is different geometrically about these curvatures that cause them to be defined as this?
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Embedded and Non-Parametric Surface definition

What does it mean for a minimal surface to be embedded? For example the Scherk surfaces? How would I define what 'an embedded surface' is? And also what does it mean for a surface to be ...
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Tangent space to a surface at boundary points

Let $M$ be a $2$-dimensional compact oriented surface in $\mathbb R^3$ with boundary $\partial M$. For any $p\in M \setminus \partial M$ tangent vectors are defined as speed vectors of smooth curves ...
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equivariant map $\mathbb{CP}^1 \to \mathbb{CP}^2:$ where does it send the boundary

Start from a map $\mathbb{CP}^1 \ni (u:v) \mapsto (x:y:z) \in \mathbb{CP}^2$ given by $$ x = au^2, \quad y = av^2, \quad z = uv,$$ where $a \in \mathbb{R}$ is a parameter. The image of the map is the ...
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The Definition of the Second Fundamental Form

Let $r:M\rightarrow{\mathbb{R}^{n+1}}$ be an isometric immersion and $M$ is an $n$-dimensional Riemannian Manifold. That is to say, $M$ is the hypersurface in $\mathbb{{R}^{n+1}}$. Then we can ...
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Is an isometric embedding of a disk determined by the boundary?

Suppose we cut a disk out of a flat piece of paper and then manipulate it in three dimensions (folding, bending, etc.) Can we determine where the paper is from the position of the boundary circle? ...
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Showing that a map between surfaces is a local isometry

Currently studying Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces. We have: $$\sigma:(0,\infty) × \mathbb{ R} \to \mathbb{R}^3, \quad (u,v) \to \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} (u \cos v,u\sin v ,u)$$ We need to ...
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Difference between diffeomorphisms fixing a point or a whole neighborhood.

Let $S_g$ be a closed orientable surface of genus $g$ and $S_{g}^1$ a closed orientable surface with one boundary component. Let $p$ be in $S_g$ and let's note $\mathrm{Diff}_+(S_g,p)$ the set of ...
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Bounding an integral on boundary of Lipschitz domain

Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a bounded Lipschitz domain with bounded boundary $\Gamma.$ So $\Gamma$ is a hypersurface of dimension $(n-1)$. I want to show that $$\int_\Gamma ...
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Mathematically explaining a trapped surface?

I'm currently writing my thesis, and the general area is that of minimal surfaces. I have a deep interest in cosmology so have directed it towards space-time, ie applying minimal surfaces in space, ...
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Homotopy versus path-homotopy on punctured surface

I have some problems with homotopies. The situation is this: Let $X$ be a surface, which is homeomorphic to a 2-Sphere with a finite number (at least 3) of points removed (equivalently, an open ...
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How to identify surfaces of revolution

Given a surface $f(x,y,z)=0$, how would you determine whether or not it's a surface of revolution, and find the axis of rotation? The special case where $f$ is a polynomial is also of interest. A ...