Differential geometry is the application of differential calculus in the setting of smooth manifolds (curves, surfaces and higher dimensional examples). Modern differential geometry focuses "geometric structures" on such manifolds, such as bundles and connections; for questions not concerning such ...

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Example of charts on $\mathbb{R}$ that are $\mathcal{C}^r$ compatible but not $\mathcal{C}^{r+1}$ compatible.

Is there a simple example of two charts where this is the case? I'm struggling to think up one.
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How are boundary conditions formally captured by the jet bundle approach to differential equations?

In the jet bundle approach to differential equations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_bundle#Partial_differential_equations one identifies the equation with the set of a solution of the ...
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approximating a variety locally by a vector space

Suppose we have $m$ homogeneous equations with integer coefficients in $n$ variables and that $m >> n$. Let $x_0 \in \mathbb{C}^n$. Question 1: is there a way to approximate the variety ...
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What is the volume of Complex Projective Space with Fubini-Study Metric?

I try to compute the volume of the complex projective space $\mathbb{CP}^n$ with Fubini-Study metric, normalized to have diameter $=\pi/2$ i.e. the sectional curvatures lie between $1$ and $4$. Fix a ...
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What is visualization of gradient flow of a functional?

I don't work on functional analysis but during my study, I faced gradient of a functional. I read its definition, but I can not understand why it is a useful tool? Why if a flow can be written as a ...
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Metric on Steifel and Grassmannian manifolds generalizing Fubini-Study

If $F$ is $\mathbb{R}, \mathbb{C}$, or $ \mathbb{H}$, the Grassmannian manifold $G_k(\textbf F^n)$ is the space of all $k$ dimensional subspaces of the $n$ dimensional vector space $F^n$. The Stiefel ...
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Tangent bundle of a quotient by a proper action

Given a compact group $G$ acting freely on a manifold $X$, is there a "nice" way to describe the tangent bundle of the quotient $X/G$ (when it is a manifold)? In the case the group $G$ is finite, or ...
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how to cover a manifold almost everywhere?

I pose the following question: Given a connected (maybe we need compactness) manifold or regular surface, can we find a single parametrization $\chi:B\to M$ from the open ball to the manifold, such ...
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Does every non-compact manifold admit an incomplete vector field?

I know that every vector field on a compact manifold is complete. The question of whether every non-compact manifold admits an incomplete vector field seems to follow naturally. I'd hazard a guess ...
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How difficult is it to impose a differential structure on a fractal?

Assuming we have a 4-dimensional smooth manifold $M$ embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{m}$ that is difficult to understand its differential structure. For convenience's sake we can assume it is compact, simply ...
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How to prove this formula for Lie Derivative for differential forms

The professor gave this formula without providing a proof. I would like to know how this can be derived. Let $X$ be a vector field, $w$ be a $p$-form. Then, $$L_X ...
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understanding this differential operator on a tensor product

I am currently trying to read the T. Kotake's paper "An Analytical Proof of the Classical Riemann Roch Theorem", in which he defines a differential operator which acts on smooth sections of a tensored ...
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Why does the Gauss-Bonnet theorem apply only to even number of dimensons?

One can use the Gauss-Bonnet theorem in 2D or 4D to deduce topological characteristics of a manifold by doing integrals over the curvature at each point. First, why isn't there an equivalent theorem ...
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Higher-order derivatives in manifolds

If $E, F$ are real finite dimensional vector spaces and $\mu\colon E \to F$, we can speak of a (total) derivative of $\mu$ in Fréchet sense: $D\mu$, if it exists, is the unique mapping from $E$ to ...
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How does one determine $n$-spheres of curvature?

I am aware of circles of curvature and I am simply wondering to what extent does this generalize to $n$-dimensions. Specifically, if some surface in $n$-dimensional space is represented ...
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Want to learn differential geometry and want the sheaf perspective

I would like to learn some differential geometry: basically manifolds, differentiable manifolds, smooth manifolds, De Rham cohomology and everything else that is pretty much part of a course in ...
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What is the Gauss part of Gauss-Manin connection?

The definition of Gauss-Manin connection involves de Rham cohomology. Surely, Gauss didn't work with de Rham cohomology as we know it. So, what was the context in which Gauss came up with this idea?
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Surface all of whose normals intersect at a point

I am new to differential geometry and encountered difficulty when trying to solve the following problem from Dubrovin's Modern Geometry It's the first problem in exercise 8.4: Find the surface ...
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Is there always a smooth variant of a homoeomorphism between smooth manifolds?

Let $M$ and $N$ be smooth homeomorphic manifolds. Let $h:M\rightarrow N$ a homeomorphism. Does there exist $r:M\rightarrow N$ that is still a homeomorphism and additionaly smooth? Can it be chosen ...
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Difficulty of exercises in several books

Since I am teaching myself, I have no idea of the difficulties of exercises in many books. I want to know whether I am not understanding the content of these books if I cannot easily solve the ...
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Fundamental solution to Laplace equation on arbitrary Riemann surfaces

So, I've seen in a few places this method of calculating the heat kernel on a manifold given the kernel of its universal cover, through a so-called 'tiling method' as in section five of this paper ...
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Flowing a vector along a vector field $X$ using the pushforward of the flow of $X$

On the three-sphere $S^3$, I'm given three vector fields $X$, $Y$ and $Z$, such that at each point $p\in S^3$, the tangent vectors $X_p$, $Y_p$ and $Z_p$ form an orthogonal basis of the tangent space ...
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Connection on a restricted bundle

Connection on a restricted bundle For a principal fiber bundle with a base $M$ and a structure group $G$ (for simplicity Lie group): $P(M,G)$ there is a connection form $\omega$. Is it true that if a ...
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is the image of a polynomial map contractible?

I asked this in MSE http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/643348/is-the-image-of-a-polynomial-map-contractible and got no response. Either it's a silly question or I posted it under the wrong ...
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Top de Rham cohomology

I just realized that I never really understood why $H_{dR}^n(M, \mathbb{R}) = \mathbb{R}$ if $M$ is compact and $H_{dR}^n(M, \mathbb{R}) = \{0\}$ if $M$ is not compact (provided that's true?). I'm ...
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An imcomprehensible proof on Arnold's Lectures on PDE, contact diffeomorphism

In Lectures on Partial Differential Equations, Arnold gives a theorem in the chapter Huygens' Principle in the Theory of Wave Propagation: Theorem 1 (the theory of support functions). The manifold ...
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Diffeomorphism invariant scalars of a Riemannian manifold

Let $(M,g_{ab})$ be a Riemannian manifold. I know of the following scalars that one can construct them out of the metric and its derivatives: Ricci scalar $R$ $R_{ab}R^{ab}$ $R_{abcd}R^{abcd}$ ...
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Shape Operators and Symmetric Linear Transformations

The exercise (from Sakai) is: Let $f: E\subseteq \mathbb{R}^{n-1} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be smooth and let $M_f := \{p = (x, f(x)) \in \mathbb{R}^n\,;\,x \in E\}$ be the graph of $f$ considered ...
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Is $G$ a lie group if left multiplication is smooth and multiplication is smooth near $e$?

Suppose $G$ is a smooth manifold and also a topological group. Also suppose that left multiplication $L_g : G \rightarrow G$ is smooth for any $g \in G$. Finally suppose that the multiplication map is ...
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Describing co-ordinate systems in 3D for which Laplace's equation is separable

Laplace's Equation in 3 dimensions is given by $$\nabla^2f=\frac{ \partial^2f}{\partial x^2}+\frac{ \partial^2f}{\partial z^2}+\frac{ \partial^2f}{\partial y^2}=0$$ and is a very important PDE in ...
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Does $L^2$ commute with Hom?

Let $E,F \to M$ be two smooth vector bundles over a compact manifold $M$. It is well-known that the homomorphism fields $Hom(E, F) \to M$ are a smooth vector bundle, too. In fact, this bundle can be ...
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Derivations of the algebra of differential forms

It is well known that the interior product, the Lie derivative, and the De Rham differential are derivations of the algebra of differential forms. Does there exist other derivations of this algebra ...
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Equivalent definitions of Tangent space - 2

L.S., In my book Vector Analysis by Klaus Jänich, Three different 'versions' of the Tangent space of a point $p$ at a differentiable variety are being discussed. The 'geometrical': the set of ...
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What's the idea behind the covariant derivative?

I'm learning differential geometry from what I find on the Internet (to eventually find a grasp on General Relativity too). Right now I playing with a sphere. I have 3 functions ($x$, $y$, $z$) that ...
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For what kinds of manifolds $\dim T_pM=\dim M$ holds?

Does the truth that $\dim T_pM=\dim M$ hold only for differentiable manifolds or for all topological ones?
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A good reference for learning about super-differentiation & super-integration?

I've looked at a couple of books for basic information for super-differentiation & super-integration - Rogers Supermanifolds, and Khrennikovs Superanalysis. Unfortunately both books lack a clear ...
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Visualization of immersed submanifold

I am trying to visualize the difference between immersed submanifold and embedded submanifold. At first, I thought that, for example, if I can embed manifold $M$ in $\mathbb{R}^4$ and if my friend can ...
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Poincaré-Hopf theorem and its applications

I'm reading the basics of differential topology to try to understand the Poincaré-Hopf theorem, its proof and its applications. My plan is as follows: 1) Study transversality: its homotopy stability ...
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Curve genereated by a hanging rope with both ends hold together

So a hanging rope assumes the form of a catenary, but if the ends are together it takes some kind of "drop" shape. I think that if the rope is perfectly flexible the shape is a vertical line but what ...
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Group actions and associated bundles

Let $P$ be a principal $G$-bundle over $B$, and let $G$ act on some space $F$ (feel free to work in your favorite category of spaces, if this helps). Then $\text{Aut}{P}$ (aka the group of gauge ...
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Differentiable manifolds, Serge Lang

I have started reading "Introduction to differentiable manifolds" by Serge Lang. In this book, Lang takes a different approach, by immediately introducing manifolds on arbitrary Banach spaces. His ...
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Alternative rigorous definition of a surface integral

Consider some open subset $U$ of $\mathbb{R}^n$ where $U$ has a (piecewise) $C^1$-boundary. Let $f$ be some smooth (enough) real function. Is there some way to give a measure-theoretic definition of ...
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Levi-Civita Connection for 2-dimensional Riemannian manifold

I'm trying to show the following. Suppose $(M, g)$ is a $2$-dimensional Riemannian manifold with connection $\nabla$. Suppose also that $\nabla$ is metric compatible, and that length extremizing ...
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Is there a relation between Super Riemannian manifolds and Kähler manifolds?

(This question has a physics motivation). Could we establish any kind of relationship between Super Riemannian manifolds (super Riemannian structures on super manifolds) and Kähler manifolds, or at ...
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Second derivative of a metric in terms of the Riemann curvature tensor.

I can't see how to get the following result. Help would be appreciated! This question has to do with the Riemann curvature tensor in inertial coordinates. Such that, if I'm not wrong, (in inertial ...
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Diffeomorphisms between factors in diffeomorphic product manifolds

Let $M$, $N$ and $P$ be three smooth manifolds such that $M \times N$ is diffeomorphic to $M \times P$. I need to know about some conditions under which one can deduce that $N$ is diffeomorphic to ...
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Extending metrics

Let $\pi:E\to M$ be a rank $k$ vector bundle over the compact manifold $M$ and let $i:M\hookrightarrow E$ denote the zero-section. Then we have a splitting of the restriction of $TE$ to the ...
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Clarification in a paper

This is regarding a clarification in page 384 of a paper published in Annals of Statistics by Amari. In page no. 384, he defines $$R_i(t)=\frac{\partial}{\partial \theta_i} ...
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find the torsion and the curvature of this curve… (it's horrible)

Let's consider the following curve: $\varphi(t)=\begin{cases} (t,0,e^{-\frac{1}{t^{2}}}) & t>0\\ (0,0,0) & t=0\\ (t,e^{-\frac{1}{t^{2}}},0) & t<0 \end{cases} $ I have to compute ...
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geometric meaning of Ricci-flatness

What is the geometric meaning of Ricci-flatness? We know that if the Riemann tensor at a point vanished, manifold is flat at this point. but I don't know When the Ricci tensor vanished at a point, ...