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Geometric introduction to exterior algebra

Could anyone point me to a geometric introduction to exterior algebra (meaning, one with a good number of figures and/or verbal descriptions of geometric objects in it)? Thanks!
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Effect of pullback of differential forms on an ideal

Say that the exterior differential system (EDS) corresponding to a PDE system is: $$df-f_x\,dx-f_y\,dy-f_w\,dw-f_z\,dz=0,\\ a_1\,f_x+a_2\,f_y=0,\tag{sys}$$ Of course we also require the independence ...
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Exterior Derivative vs. Covariant Derivative vs. Lie Derivative

In differential geometry, there are several notions of differentiation, namely: Exterior Derivative, $d$ Covariant Derivative/Connection, $\nabla$ Lie Derivative, $\mathcal{L}$. I have listed them ...
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A scalar product in the space of oriented volumes?

Let $L\colon \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^N$ be an injective linear map. By the Cauchy-Binet formula, $\det(L^TL)$ equals the sum of the squares of all minors of $L$ of order $n$: this looks just like ...
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Understanding of exterior algebra

Consider the following definition from Loring W. Tu's An Introduction to Manifolds: For a finite-dimensional vector space $V$, say of dimension $n$, define ...
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What are “Super Numbers”?

I'm reading Hyperspace by Michio Kaku and in the chapter on SuperGravity "Super Numbers" are mentioned and are described as a number system where for any super number $a$, $a*a=-a*a$. I was wondering ...
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Grassmann Algebras

The Grassmann algebra $G$ is the algebra over a field $\mathbb{F}$ generated by the variables $e_i$ such that $e_i^2=0$ and $e_i e_j = - e_j e_i$. I'm looking for some references on algebras $G ...