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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Understanding tensors

Locally in a chart, a tensor field looks like $$T= T^{i_1,...i_n}_{j_1,...,j_m} dx^{j_1} \otimes...\otimes dx^{j_m} \otimes \partial_{i_1} \otimes ... \otimes \partial_{i_n},$$ where ...
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Closed form defines locally a function?

In my particular example, I have a volume form on a one-dimensional manifold, so i.e. this volume form $dx$ is closed. Now, I was wondering, does the integral function $f(y):=\int_{x_0}^{y} dx$ define ...
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Covariant and partial derivative commute?

I know that we have for a function $\Gamma: (-\varepsilon,\varepsilon)^2 \rightarrow M$ we have (at least I think I know that this is true) $$\nabla_{\frac{\partial \Gamma}{\partial s}} ...
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Jacobi fields and variations

I want to show that every Jacobi field is a variation of geodesics, i.e. let $Y: I \rightarrow TM$ be a Jacobi field along a geodesic $\gamma$, then I want to show that $Y$ can be written as a ...
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Show that $f:X\to \mathbb{RP}^n$ factors through $S^n\to\mathbb{RP}^n$ iff $f^*:H^1(\mathbb{RP}^n,Z_2)\to H^1(X,Z_2)$ is zero

Problem Show that (1) $f:X\to \mathbb{RP}^n$ factors through $S^n\to\mathbb{RP}^n$ iff $f^*:H^1(\mathbb{RP}^n,Z_2)\to H^1(X,Z_2)$ is zero (2) $f:X\to \mathbb{CP}^n$ factors through ...
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Homotopy type of intersection of complement of hyperplanes in projective space.

Let $U_i = \{x=(x_0 :… :x_n) \in \mathbb{P}^n(\mathbb{C}); x_i \neq 0 \}$ be the usual trivialization of the complex projective space. I have been trying to compute the homotopy type of all the ...
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Trigonometric parametrization of a genus g surface?

It is possible to find functions $\phi, \psi \in \mathbb{R}[sin(x), sin(y), cos(x), cos(y)]$, so that $S^2 = \phi( [0,1]^2)$ and $\psi( [0,1]^2)$ is a torus. Is it possible find, for any genus g, ...
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Understanding tangent space basis

Consider our manifold to be $\mathbb{R}^n$ with the Euclidean metric. In several texts that I've been reading, $\{\partial/\partial x_i\}$ evaluated at $p\in U \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ is given as the ...
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Continuity in definition of Induced Functional Structure

I have a really simple question, however I am confused. Bredon's Topology and Geometry gives definition of Induced Functional Structure as follows: Suppose $F_x$ is a functional structure on space ...
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Differential topology versus differential geometry

I have just finished my undergraduate studies. During last two semesters I've taken two subjects dealing with manifolds: Analysis on manifolds, containing: definition of manifold, tangent space (as ...
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Is there a unique preferred connection on a general manifold?

I was wondering whether, for a given finite-dimensional manifold, the connection $\nabla$ exists and is uniquely defined? Afais for Riemannian manifolds, there exists always exactly one Levi-Civita ...
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Thom space of unit circle

Say we embed $S^1$ into $\mathbb{R}^2$ as the unit circle. What is the Thom space $Th(i)$ associated to this embedding $i:S^1 \to \mathbb{R}^2$? By definition, the Thom space is the one point ...
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Symbol $\Gamma$ when talking about vector fields.

I noticed several times online that people tend to use the symbol $\Gamma(M,TM)$ when talking about the space of smooth vector fields on smooth manifolds. I find this totally confusing, as in ...
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Unit radial vector field

Lee's book defines the unit radial vector field in normal coordinates as $$ \partial_r:= \frac{x^i}{r(x)} \partial_i$$ and $r(x):=\sqrt{\sum_i (x^i)^2}$ Now this is a unit vector field iff ...
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How small is Diff(M) compared to Homeo(M)?

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold. Is it always true that the group of diffeomorphisms is strictly contained in the group of homeomorphisms? (I know this is true for $\mathbb{R}^n$, but that is only a ...
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Problem of Arnold's book and covering spaces

I am currently reading Arnold's book "Mathematical Methods of classical mechanics" on page 278 and I don't see through his arguments there at a point. Especially, I am talking about the part that ...
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Open condition given by inequality on functions

Let's say we have two functions $f,g\in C^\infty(D)$, $D$ an open domain in $\mathbb{R}^2$. The condition $f(x,y)<g(x,y)$ is an open condition on $D$? With this I mean: do the points $(x,y)\in D$ ...
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Preimage of a small normal deformation under an embedding again a normal defomation?

Let $j\colon M\rightarrow W$ be a smooth embedding of smooth manifolds and assume $M$ and $N$ have Riemannian metrics, but $j$ is not necessarily an isometric embedding. Let $N\subseteq W$ be a ...
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Show Lie bracket left invariant

I want to prove from the definition that the Lie bracket $[X,Y]$ of two left-invariant vector fields $X,Y: G \rightarrow TG$ where $G$ is a Lie group is again left-invariant. Left-invariance ...
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Prove that $x+g$ is homeomorphism

Problem: Assume we have $g:\mathbb{R}^n\longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ of $C^1$ class with derivative bounded uniformly by some constant $M<1$. Consider ...
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Embedding of a smooth manifold

Let $M$ be a smooth, n-dimensional manifold. Prove that for every $k \leq n$ there exists an embedding $ \mathbb{R}^k \to M$. I'm having trouble visualising this. How can $\mathbb{R}^2$ be embedded ...
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A manifold is a covering space over its quotient by a group action [on hold]

Let $M \times G\to M$ be a properly discontinuous, free action of group $G$ on a manifold $M$. The quotient topology of the orbit space is Hausdorff. Suppose $p\in M$. How can we choose an open ...
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Construct a diffeomorphism $\phi:M\to M$ such that $\phi(p)=q$ and also $d\phi(X_p)=Y_q$

PROBLEM: Construct a diffeomorphism $\phi:M\to M$ such that $\phi(p)=q$ and also $d\phi(X_p)=Y_q$, where $M$ is a connected smooth manifold and $p,q \in M$ , $X_p \in T_pM$ and $Y_q \in T_qM$ I know ...
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Partial derivatives of all orders of linear map exist

If F is a linear map from R^n to R^m is it true that F is C^infinity, i.e. partial derivatives of all orders exist? My thought is that the answer should be "yes," because the derivative of F is just F ...
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Derivative group action [duplicate]

Let $\phi : G \times M \rightarrow M$ be a group action on a smooth manifold $M$ and Lie group $G$. Then we define $$f(t):=\phi(g(t),d(t)).$$ Now I'd say: $$f'(t) = D\phi(g(t),d(t))(g'(t),d'(t)).$$ ...
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Homotopy Equivalence and Local Coefficient Systems

Suppose I am computing the (co)homology of a nice space M using a local coefficient system G, i.e. $H_{*}(M, G)$. If M is homotopy equivalent to N, then M and N should have isomorphic (co)homology. ...
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Lagrange multipliers and critical points (differential form description).

On $M \times V^*$, where $M$ is a differentiable manifold (not necessarily equipped with a metric) and $V^*$ is dual to a vector space $V$, one can define a Lagrange function $F = f +v^*h(x)$ using ...
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Kinds of isometries preserving the curvature tensor

We talked about isometries /local isometries and linear isometries in the lecture, but unfortunately we did not say when the isometry preserves the curvature tensor or sectional curvature. First I am ...
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Vector field from group action

Let $\Phi: G \times \mathbb{R}^4 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^4$ be a group action where $G = \mathbb{R}/(2 \pi \mathbb{Z}).$ Then $$\Phi(\theta,(x_1,x_2,p_1,p_2)) = ( R(\theta) (x_1,x_2)^T, R(\theta) ...
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Mathematics is not a spectator's sport? [closed]

The title is a sentence by John M. Lee, from his book "Introduction to Topological Manifolds". Indeed, I was wondering if one can learn mathematics in a passive way, just reading the books and ...
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Existence of a vector field which dominates the first local vector fields given by the charts of a locally finite covering

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold, let $\{U_i,\psi_i\}_{i\in I}$ be locally finite family of charts and let $K_i\subseteq U_i$ be compact subsets. Does there exist a vector field $X$ on $M$, such that ...
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Show that $M$ is a differentiable submanifold

Problem. Let $f_i:\Bbb{R}^4\to \Bbb{R}, \,\, i=1,2,3,$ be defined by $$f_1(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4) = x_1x_3-x_2^2\\f_2(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4)=x_2x_4-x_3^2\\f_3(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4)=x_1x_4-x_2x_3.$$ Then $M=\{x\in ...
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Proof of Whitney intersection theorem

I know "Lectures on the h-cobordism theorem" by Milnor lists a proof. Unfortunately, the proof is subtle, intricate, and lengthy, that is, not succinct and elegant enough (for Milnor, of course.) Is ...
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Show smoothness of this map

Let $S^3$ be the sphere identified with the subset $\mathbb{C}^2$ as $\{(x,y) \in \mathbb{C}^2; |x|^2+|y|^2=1\}.$ Then I want to show that the map $\phi: S^3 \rightarrow \hat{\mathbb{C}}$ is ...
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Group action and smooth manifolds

I was wondering if it is for a compact (i.e. Hausdorff) smooth manifold $M$ sufficient to have a free group action of a finite group $G$ in order to conclude that $M/G$ is a compact smooth manifold? ...
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Manifold in Milnors Morse Theory

While reading "Morse Theory" by Milnor, I noticed that certain arguments would not work, if the considered manifolds have nonempty boundary. Example: Proof of 3.5 I could not find the definition ...
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Boileau-Orevkov on the intersection of a complex curve with 3-sphere

Motivation: Feel free to skip. Let $\Sigma$ be a complex curve in $\mathbb{C}^2$. If $\Sigma$ is transverse to a 3-sphere $S^3 \subset \mathbb{C}^2$ of radius $r$, then $\Sigma \cap S^3$ is a link, ...
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Jeffrey Lee 2.11 Show there is a nice map $s:TTM \to TTM$ satisfying several properties

I'm not sure this problem makes any sense on several levels, but here is the question verbatim: Find natural coordinates for the double tangent bundle $TTM$. Show that there is a nice map $s:TTM ...
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Parametrizing the time an element stays in an open subset

Let $X$ be a topological space (If it helps anything, we can assume $X\subseteq\mathbb{R}^n$ or $X$ being a smooth manifold.) and $U\subseteq [0,1]\times X$ an open subset. Does there exist a ...
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decomposition of a closed surface

I know that I can decompose an hyperbolic closed surface of genus $g>1$ into $2(g-1)$ pants bounded by 3 geodesics. It seems reasonable to think the same can be done for a closed surface of genus ...
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Vector fields spanning the tangent bundle at each point

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold of dimension $n.$ It is well known that it is not allways possible to find such global vector fields $X_1,\ldots, X_n$ which would be a basis for the tangent space at each ...
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page 4 of Milnor's book on Morse Theory

I have a stupid and probably naive question about one line in the book of Milnor about Morse theory. What does exactly means if $v \in T_pM$ then there is an associated vector field $\tilde v $ ? I ...
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1 parameter subgroups and Lie groups

I was just reading some lectures notes (that are not online available unfortunatley) on Lie groups and found that sometimes the author just says if he wants to prove something for all Lie group ...
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Orientability and Hypersurfaces

I got stucked in this problem: Show that: i) Every embedded closed hypersurface $S$ is orientable. ii) Every differentiable hypersurface defined by a regular cartesian equation $\ g(x_1,..., x_n)=0$ ...
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Cut out characteristic Submanifold N ($w_1(M)=w_1$(Normalbundle of N in M)). Remainder M-N is orientable? Orientation Character or CW-Structure?

So I try to understand the following (which is taken from Dold, "Structure of the cobordism ring", Page 3/274, in the paragraph "1. La suite exacte de Wall."): https://eudml.org/doc/109581 ): Giving a ...
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Smooth function, which separates between a closed and a open set.

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold, $O\subseteq M$ an open subset and $B\subseteq M$ a closed subset, such that $closure(O)\subseteq interior(B)$ I think there must exist a smooth function $f\colon ...
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Possible mistake in *Curves and Singularities*, 2nd ed., by Bruce & Giblin, p. 74

Page 74 in Bruce & Giblin's Curves and Singularities, 2nd ed. contains the following passage: Let $f: I \to \mathbb R$ be smooth and define $\phi: I \times \mathbb R^2 \to \mathbb R$ by $\phi ...
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Theorema egregium violated in dimension $n \ge 4$?

Gauß showed that for surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^3$ the Gaussian curvature ( = sectional curvature) is invariant under local isometries. This is known as the thema egregium. Now in another question ...
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Meaning of “locally homeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^{n}$”

I am fairly new to differential geometry and approaching it with a physics background (in the study of general relativity), as a result I'm having a few struggles with terminology etc, so please bear ...
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Integral of generator $H^{2k}(\mathbb CP^k)$ over $\mathbb CP^k$ is 1

I'm trying to give a proof of the Hirzebruch signature theorem from a differentiable viewpoint (i.e. using de Rham cohomology). The proof works, except for one small step. We know that ...