Differential topology is the field dealing with differentiable functions on differentiable manifolds. It is closely related to differential geometry and together they make up the geometric theory of differentiable manifolds.

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Naturality of Lie derivatives

It was left to me as an exercise to show the naturality of the Lie derivative of arbitrary tensors on a smooth manifold. Is the following argument correct (it seems too easy)? Let $X$ be a vector ...
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Smooth function proof

Given function $f: R \to R$ be defined by $$f(x)=\left\{ \begin{array}{ll} e^{-\frac{1}{x^2}} & \mbox{if $x > 0$};\\ 0 & \mbox{if $x \leq 0$}.\end{array} \right. $$ a) ...
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Orientable surface bundles over the circle and their structure group

I want to understand whether orientable surface bundles over the circle, i.e. with orientable total space, are always trivial, so I though I would revive an old post and ask for a few clarifications, ...
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Degree of a vector field on the boundary of a punctured ball?

Suppose $v\colon \mathbb{R}^3\setminus\{x_1,\dots,x_n\}\to S^2$ is a smooth map, where all the points $x_i$ sit inside the unit ball $B^3$, and not on the boundary $S^2$. I suppose this map can be ...
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Spin structure and rational blow down

If we rationally blow down a spin 4 manifold, is the resulting manifold spin? I don't know if there is any way to determine.
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A doubt from Milnor's “Topology from a Differentiable Viewpoint”.

This is a doubt from Milnor's "Topology from a Differentiable Viewpoint". For a smooth $f:M\to N$, with $M$ compact, and a regular value $y\in N$, we define $n(f^{-1}(y))$ to be the number of ...
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Is this orientation preserving or reversing?

I am confused about the definition of orientation on manifolds. Let $X=\{(x,y,0)\in \mathbb{R}^3 \mid x^2+y^2=1\}$ and $Y=\{(x,y,1)\in \mathbb{R}^3 \mid x^2+y^2=1\}$ be two one dimensional circles in ...
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Trivial nature of orientable fibre bundle with cylinder base space

Given a bundle whose base space is a "cylinder", i.e. $\mathbb{S}^1 \times \mathbb{B}^n$ where $\mathbb{B}^n$ is an $n$-ball, is orientability (of the total space) enough to ensure that the bundle is ...
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Differential Structure of Two Dimensional Manifold

I am a beginner in Differential Topology, and have learnt that Theorem One dimensional differential manifold without boundary is diffeomorphic to $\mathbb R$ or $\mathbb S$. So I am curious ...
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Is there anything “nice” about the set of normal matrices (over $\Bbb R$ and $\Bbb C$?)

Normal matrices are of course useful to any linear algebra buff, not least because of the spectral theorem. However, taken as a whole, they tend to have some not-so-nice properties. For example: ...
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Orientability of space with only even dimensional cells.

I have the following question: Suppose a compact $\mathbb{R}$-manifold has finite cell decomposition with only even dimensional cells. Then $M$ is orientable. It's a theorem that a closed ...
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Transitivity of smooth submanifolds

I was reading through Guillemin and Pollack and was having trouble verifying this for myself. Given $M \subset N$ and $N \subset P$, where $M$ is a submanifold of $N$, and $N$ a submanifold of $P$, ...
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Simultaneous coordinate representation of a submanifold and its sub-submanifold

Suppose $Z\subset X\subset Y$ are manifolds and $z \in Z$. Prove that there exist an independent function $g_1,...g_l$ on a neighborhood $W$ of $z$ in $Y$ such that $$Z \cap W =\{y\in ...
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Prob. 10 of Chapter 8 of Milnor's Topology From a Differentiable Viewpoint. (Tangent Bundle is a Smooth Manifold.)

I want to solve Prob. 10 of Chapter 8 from Milnor's Topology From a Differentiable Viewpoint. The problem states that: Let $M\subseteq \mathbf R^k$ be a smooth manifold of dimension $m$. Show ...
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Does the cup product on de Rham cohomology induce a nondegenerate bilinear form?

I have small issue I came across in the following. Suppose $M$ is a compact, oriented manifold of dimension $4n+2$. I want to prove that the de Rham cohomology group $H^{2n+1}(M)$ are even ...
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Pullback of a form under the retraction $r\colon \mathbb{R}^n\setminus\{0\}\to S^{n-1}$.

The following is from Spivak's DG Lemma 7 in Chapter 8, but I'm muddled in a computation. Define two $(n-1)$-forms on $\mathbb{R}^n\setminus\{0\}$ by $$ ...
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How can we prove that $GL(2,\mathbb{R})$ is a topological group in $R^{4}$

A group is called topological group if it satisfies three properties 1) G is a Hausdorff space in K (Here we want to prove that if $ A,B \in GL(2,\mathbb{R})$ then we can find two disjoint open sets ...
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inverse of stiefel-whitney class of product bundles

Let $\xi_1,\cdots,\xi_n$ be vector bundles over $M$. Let $\omega$ be the Stiefel-Whitney class and $\bar\omega$ be the inverse. By an exercise in Milnor's book, $$ w(\Pi_{j=1}^a ...
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Orientation of the intersection of manifolds

From Guillemin and Pollack Differential Topology: Compute the orientation of $\mathbf{X}\cap\mathbf{Z}$ in the following examples by exhibiting positively oriented bases at every point: a) ...
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Questions about simplex and affine space

For the sake of completeness, I would like to give you some concepts before asking the questions: For every simplex $S=<<x^{0},x^{1},...,x^{k}>>$ in $\Bbb R^{n}$, denote by $H_s$, the ...
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Is the image under a homeomorphism of the cut locus $C_p$ a null-set?

Let $M$ be a complete Riemannian manifold with a point $p  \in M$ and let $U \subset T_pM$ be an open disk containing $0_p$ in the tangent space to $p$. By $C_p$ we denote the image of the boundary of ...
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Taylor development on manifolds and Manifolds of differentiable Mappings?

I'm trying to study the book "Manifolds of Differentiable Mappings" written by Michor and I came across the following: He considers two smooth manifolds $M$ and $N$ and define an equivalence relation ...
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The space of collars of a manifold is contractible

Theorem: Let $M$ be a smooth manifold with boundary $\partial M$. Let $e_0,e_1 : \partial M\times [0,1]\rightarrow M$ be collars of $M$, i.e. $e_i$ are embeddings such that $e_i(x,0)=x$ for each ...
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How to get a Kirby diagram of $S^1 \times M^3$ if $M^3$ is given by a surgery diagram?

In "4-manifolds and Kirby Calculus" by Gompf and Stipsicz, there is a nice description of how to get the Kirby diagram of $S^1 \times M^3$, given a Kirby diagram of $M^3$. Basically, one thickens the ...
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Transversality, mod 2 degree, Winding numbers in differential topology

From Chapter 2 Section 5 of Guillemin and Pollack, Differential Topology, $\mathbf{X}$ is a compact connected manifold, and $f:\mathbf{X}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ a smooth map and $\dim{X}=n-1$. ...
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Minkowski space is locally Euclidean?

The Minkowski spacetime $\mathbb{R}^{1,3}$ is said to be a manifold (isomorphic to $SO^{1,3}$. But according to the definition of a manifold it should be locally euclidean. However, this seems to be ...
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Analytic approximations of the step function

Consider the Heaviside step function: $$H:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R} $$ defined by $$H(x)=\begin{cases} 0 & \mbox{if } x<0 \\ 1 & \mbox{if } x\geq 0\end{cases}$$ Fix any $\delta>0$. Given ...
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$C^{k}$-manifolds: how and why?

First of all, I have a specific question. Suppose $M$ is an $m$-dimensional $C^k$-manifold, for $1 \leq k < \infty$. Is the tangent space to a point defined as the space of $C^k$ derivations on the ...
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In uniform circular motion in R^2, is acceleration in the normal bundle?

In physics we learn that accleration is a vector quantity parallel to the radius and orthogonal to the velocity. With the embedding $\mathbb{S}^1 \hookrightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ and the induced ...
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What 's conditions on open set related to connected neighborhood of boundary

I have a question: Suppose $D$ is an open set in $\mathbb{R^n}$ and topological boundary $bD$ is an embedded submanifold of $\mathbb{R^n}$. For each $p\in bD$, we want to have an open neighborhood ...
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General expression of smooth sections of tensor bundles.

On page 317 of John Lee's Smooth Manifolds it's said that if $(x^i)$ are local coordinates on a smooth manifold $M$, then sections of the tensor bundle $T^kT^*M=\bigsqcup_{p\in M}T^k(T^*_pM)$ over a ...
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Homeomorphism of a Genus-2 Surface

Does there exist a homeomorphism from a genus-2 surface, the connected sum of 2 tori, to two circles, $S^1$, intersecting at a point? Intuitively it seems that the double torus can be squeezed into ...
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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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$T^2\times S^n$ is parallelizable

This is taken from a UCLA Geometry/Topology qualifying exam. How would one prove that $T^2\times S^n$ is parallelizable for all $n\geq 1$? Is there a way to find $n+2$ linearly independent vector ...
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Why is there no natural metric on manifolds?

One of the things that always bothered me after learning introductory differential geometry (as a physics student) and then delving deeper into this field on my own is that, the usual construction of ...
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Why the whole theory about differentiable manifolds is based on open sets?

I only have studied basic topology, which means i haven't studied any about differentiable manifolds. I just skimmed pages on wikipedia. Here is a simple illustration on a basic situation. Let $E$ ...
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How to prove that all smooth vector bundles on a given vector bundle are the pull back of a vector bundle on the base

Recently, during a conversation, I heard about the result (previously mentioned also here on MO), whose statement is reported below. Not having the specific background necessary to reconstruct a proof ...
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Why does every noncompact orientable surface have a complex structure?

There is a high-powered proof of the fact that orientable noncompact surfaces have free fundamental group here that invokes the ability to put a complex structure on any such surface. But why should ...
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Are definitions for smooth map between manifolds are equivalent?

There are two ways to define a smooth map between manifolds. The 1st way (for example, Lee): $f:M\rightarrow N$ is smooth iff for every $p\in M$ there exist charts $(U,\varphi)$ at $p$ and $(V,\psi)$ ...
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How does a differential act when we identify $T_p(M\times N)\cong T_{p_1}M\times T_{p_2}N$?

It's fairly common to identify the tangent space of a product manifold as $$ T_p(M\times N)\cong T_{p_1}M\times T_{p_2}N $$ where $p=(p_1,p_2)$, and the actual isomorphism is given by $v\in ...
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If two Curves in $\Bbb R^3$ are transversal then they do not intersect

Proving this is easy: Let $X$ and $Z$ be the two curves in $\Bbb R^3$. Assume $X$ and $Z$ intersect at a point $y$. Then, at most $\dim(T_y(X) + T_y(Z)) = 2$, where $T_x(X)$ and $T_z(Z)$ denotes the ...
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If $S\subseteq M\times N$ is embedded, and $S$ and $\{p\}\times N$ intersect transversely in one point, then $\pi_M|_S$ is a diffeomorphism?

I'm trying to prove the equivalence of the following statements: Suppose $M^m$ and $N^n$ are smooth manifolds, $S\subseteq M\times N$ immersed, and $\pi_M$ and $\pi_N$ the projection maps. TFAE: ...
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Transition Functions for Cartesian Coordinate Systems

This is my first time using Mathematics SE (I've only used Physics and Astronomy before), so I apologize if this question is awkwardly phrased or incorrectly presented. I welcome any and all edits and ...
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Proving that a form is exact

Maybe this question is rather obvious but I didn't manage to solve it myself. Assume $M$ is a closed, oriented manifold. take $$ \Omega^k(M)\ni \omega = \begin{cases} d\beta~,~~~ in~ U\\ 0~,~~~ ...
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Does Heine-Borel hold for smooth manifolds?

If $M$ is a smooth $n$-manifold, the famous Whitney embedding theorems show that we can view $M$ as an embedded submanifold of some Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^N$. Does the Heine-Borel theorem still ...
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Surgery presentations and gluing

It is well known that every closed oriented 3dimensional manifold can be obtained from a framed link in $S^3$. Let $M$ and $N$ be topological 3-manifolds with boundary such that boundaries $\partial ...
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Why are the basis elements of $T_pM$ a vector field if we let $p$ vary?

At the end of this article on tangent vectors, they say each $\frac{\partial}{\partial x_i}$ is a vector field, if we let the point $p$ vary. However, they are only defined in a particular coordinate ...
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If $v\in\mathbb{R}^N\setminus\mathbb{R}^{N-1}$, what is the projection $\pi_v$ with kernel $\mathbb{R}v$?

I going over a lemma for the Whitney Embedding theorem which shows that an injective immersion of an $n$-manifold into $\mathbb{R}^N$ can actually be immersed in a lesser dimensional Euclidean space ...
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If $b$ is a regular value of $f$, $f^{-1}(-\infty,b]$ is a regular domain?

I'm trying to prove the first part of Proposition 5.47 of Lee's Smooth Manifolds, which is left to the reader. It says Suppose $M^m$ is a smooth manifold, and $f\colon M\to\mathbb{R}$ smooth. For ...
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Show that a set is a smooth curve and find a parameterization for it.

Let $S = \{ (x,y,z) \in \mathbb{R}^3 \mid x - yz + z^3 = 0 \}$. Let $\pi: \mathbb{R}^3 \to \mathbb{R}^2$ be such that $\pi(x,y,z) = (x,y)$. Let $H = \{p \in S \mid \pi_{\mid S}: S \to \mathbb{R}^2 ...