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How to understand blowing up a submanifold

I am trying to understand the idea of blowing up a submanifold of a smooth real manifold. The definition I know is replacing the submanifold by its unit tangent bundle (however, in the place I read ...
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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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Intuitively when to use the wedge product?

When I first learned the dot product and the cross product in $\mathbb{R}^3$ I spent some time understanding when I would like to use them. After some time I understood that the dot product usefulness ...
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How to motivate vectors as derivations?

In a manifold it's easy to motivate the definition of vectors as equivalence classes of curves. On the other hand the definition as derivations is harder to motivate. I know how to show that the space ...
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How to change variables in a surface integral without parametrizing

This is a doubt that I carry since my PDE classes. Some background (skippable): In the multivariable calculus course at my university we made all sorts of standard calculations involving surface ...
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Question about statement of Rank Theorem in Rudin

Theorem Suppose $m,n,r$ are nonnegative integers, $m\ge r, n\ge r$, $F$ is a $C^1$ mapping of an open set $E\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ into $\mathbb{R}^m$, and $F'(x)$ has rank $r$ for every $x\in E$. ...
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curvature of helix

Here is the curve of a helix parametrized by its arc length $\alpha(s) = ( a\cos(\frac{s}{c}), a\sin(\frac{s}{c}), b(\frac{s}{c}) ), s \in \mathbb{R}$ such that a$^2$ + b$^2$ = c$^2$. The curvature ...
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Visualizing Frobenius Theorem

Given a smooth vector field $v$ on a (finite dimensional) manifold $M$, one can find the associated integral curves i.e. integral submanifolds of M such that the tangent space at any point $p\in M$ is ...
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Problem with definition of regular surface in classical differential geometry

I am reading Do Carmo's differential geometry book and the definition of a regular surface in the second chapter is given to be this: I have few doubts about this definition: 1) Why we need to find ...
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Geometric Intuition of Gaussian Curvature

Curvature of a curve at a point can be understood as how rapidly the curve tries to move away from the tangent of the curve at that point. And for curved surfaces we have defined the Gaussian ...
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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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Geometric Interpretation: Parallel forms are harmonic

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold. The canonical volume form $\mu=\sqrt{\det g_{ij}}\mathrm{d}x^1\wedge\dots\wedge\mathrm{d}x^m$ is parallel w.r.t. the induced Levi-Civita conection $\nabla$ ...
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Definition of weak solutions from geometrical point of view

Why are weak solutions defined like: A function $u \in H^1(\Omega)$ is a weak solution of $$ Lu:=\operatorname{div}(A\nabla u)+b\cdot\nabla u+cu=f+\operatorname{div}F, \;\text{in } \Omega $$ if ...
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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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Orthogonal Coordinate Systems Intuition

I'd really love it if you could give some intuition on how to derive the $x$, $y$ & $z$ coordinates from all/any of the orthogonal coordinate systems in this list, how you think about, say, ...
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How to understand $\frac{d}{dt}\{(\exp(tX))_*(Y)\}|_{t=0}=[X,Y]$?

Let $G$ be a Lie group on which $X$ and $Y$ are two vector fields. Let $G\xrightarrow{\exp(tX)} G$ be the (Lie theory) exponential map corresponding to $X$. Then of fundamental importance is ...
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Example of a flat manifold with non-zero (global) holonomy group.

I'm having some trouble coming to terms with there being non-zero global holonomy but zero local holonomy. Is there an easy to visualize example of a manifold whose curvature is zero but has non-zero ...
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What exactly is a manifold?

Wikipedia's "Simple English" entry describes a 2D map of the Earth as a manifold of the planet Earth. Does this mean that in mathematics a manifold is essentially a representation of something that ...
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Geometric intuition behind the Lie bracket of vector fields

I understand the definition of the Lie bracket and I know how to compute it in local coordinates. But is there a way to "guess" what is the Lie bracket of two vector fields ? What is the geometric ...
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what does following matrix says geometrically

Let $M\subset \mathbb C^2$ be a hypersurface defined by $F(z,w)=0$. Then for some point $p\in M$, I've $$\text{ rank of }\left( \begin{array}{ccc} 0 &\frac{\partial F}{\partial z} ...
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Intuitive interpretation of these differential forms

Let $\pi: S^2-\{N\}\to \mathbb R^2$ be the stereographic projection map. Let $\sigma:\mathbb R^2\to S^2-\{N\}$ be its inverse. Let $p\in S^2-\{N\}$ and $x_1,x_2\in$ the tangent space of $S^2$ Would ...
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What's the connection between derivatives and boundaries?

The (second) fundamental theorem of calculus says that $$\int_a^b f'(x) dx = f(b) - f(a)$$ which can also be stated, if one knows enough about what's coming next, as: The integral of the ...
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Intuitive explanation of Left invariant Vector Field

Intuitively what is meant by a left invariant vector field on a manifold?
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Intuitive explanation of covariant, contravariant and Lie derivatives

I would be glad if someone could explain in intuitive terms what these different derivatives are, and possibly give some practical, understandable examples of how they would produce different results. ...