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Knot Theory: Calculating the Alexander Polynomial

I am going to be giving a talk about knot thoery in a few weeks and I will be discussing different knot invariants-one of which being the alexander polynomial I am having a problem understanding how ...
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How to reason about disentanglement “tavern” puzzles?

It took me an embarrassingly long time to remove the ring from this rigid structure: What math could I use to solve similar puzzles? Topology and knot theory seem helpful, but I don't think they ...
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example of knot diagram colored by dihedral quandle of non-orime order, if any

Is there a known example of knot colored by a dihedral quandle of non-prime order, for example the diherdral qunadle of order 4, 6 or 12.
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Coloring knot diagram obtained from colored one by applying crossing change to one crossing

Suppose $K_1$ is a knot diagram colored by a dihedral quandle $R_n$ of order $n$, By applying crossing change (exchanging over and under arcs) to one crossing in $K_1$, we obtain a new diagram let us ...
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Link diagrams and Reidemeister moves

I am studying Knots on "Algebraic Graph Theory" written by Godsil & Royle. They state the following theorem: $\underline{Theorem}$ Two link diagrams determine the same link if and only if one can ...
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double decker set in a surface-knot

Surface-knot is an embedded surface in $\Bbb{R}^4$. Project the surface in $\Bbb{R}^3$ gives the surface diagram with set of singularity points consists of double points, triple points and branch ...
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Uniqueness of rotational symmetry of a link diagram

How can I prove that a connected link diagram can only admit up to one axis perpendicular to the plane through which rotational symmetry lies, i.e there aren't rotational symmetries through different ...
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Link complements in $\mathbb{R}^{3} $ and $S^{3} $

What's the difference between a link complement in $S^{3} $ and a link complement in $R^{3} $? Are they homeomorphic?
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Regular projection of link and a disk

Let $K$ be a link in $S^{3}$ and consider an associated link projection $p: S^{3} \rightarrow S^{2}$. Let $D$ be a solid disk in the regular projection. Is the preimage $p^{-1} (D) $ a ball? Or a bit ...
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Piecewise linear knots and smooth knots

Is the set of all piecewise linear (PL) knots is a good approximation of the set of all 1D smooth knots embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$? Once I saw a theorem related to that but not able to find it now. ...
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Relation between the braid group and the mapping class group of the plane

According to the following link, page 248, the braid group modulo its center is isomorphic to the mapping class group of the $N$-times punctured plane, i.e. $B_N/Z(B_N)\cong M_N(\mathcal(R)^2)$. Could ...
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A generalization of the connected sum of links

A connected sum of two links $K$ and $L$ involves cutting a segment in each link and joining them up as illustrated in the top diagram, the connected sum of two trefoil knots. Is there any ...
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Relationship between the set of all canonical knots and the set of all knot genuses

What is the relation between the set of all canonical knots and the set of all knot genuses? I understand that there is at least not bijection between them.
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Fundamental group of the complement of $\operatorname{Wh}(\operatorname{Bor})$?

It is well known that $\operatorname{Wh}(\operatorname{Bor})$ link (That is, untwisted Whitehead double of Borromean rings with positive clasps, say) is very interesting. Are there any easy way to ...
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Moves for regular homotopies of immersions of $S^1$ in the plane

What is a set of moves to combinatorially describe regular homotopies of (smooth) immersions $S^1\to \mathbb R^2$?
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Knowing the existence of a fixed point set from an induced fundamental group automorphism

Let $L$ be a link in $S^{3} $ and $f_{ \phi } : \pi_{1} (S^{3} \backslash L ) \rightarrow \pi_{1} (S^{3} \backslash L )$ be induced from a periodic map $\phi $ of $S^{3} $, restricted to the ...
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Induced cyclic ordering in link diagrams

Let $L$ be a link in $\mathbb{R}^{3}$, and $p : \mathbb{R}^{3} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{2}$ a regular projection (i.e. injective everywhere, except at a finite number of crossing points) and so $p(L)$ ...
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Unknotting number formally?

I am reading Colin C. Adams's very nice but not always rigorous "The Knot Book" right now. How does one formalize the unknotting number? (For example, is some restriction on embeddings ...
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What does the tensor product in the definition of Combinatorial Floer knot homology look like?

I am working on a project that involves summarizing the article A combinatorial description of knot Floer homology (http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0607691) and doing some example computations with the ...
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Knot complement conjecture in solid tori

Has the knot complement conjecture been proven for knots in solid tori?
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How do you specify a link to a blind combinatorialist?

Regular projections of links look like graphs in the plane. So I'm wondering if it would be possible to specify a link up to isotopy with purely combinatorial data about this graph. If so, what kind ...
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Dehn and Wirtinger Presentations of Knot Groups and their connection

I'm currently working through N.D. Gilbert and T. Porter's Knots and Surfaces. In it the idea of a Wirtinger presentation and a Dehn presentation for a group associated with a given knot is ...
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Invariance of the physical energy of a knot over Möbius transformations

I am going through the paper, Recognizing knots Using Simulated Annealing by Ligocki and Sethian. This paper uses simulated annealing to solve the KNOT GENUS problem. It has used two different ...
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What is the type of $u$ in this definition of knot?

I am going to quote from the second paragraph of the Introduction of Möbius Energy of Knots and Unknots by Michael H. Freedman, Zheng-Xu He and Zhenghan Wang. Let $\gamma = \gamma (u)$ be a ...
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Standard norm of $\mathbb{R}^3$

I am going through the paper, Energy of a Knot by Jun O'Hara. Let me quote from the Definition 1.1 of Section 1 on the first page: Let $f:S^1 = \mathbb{R}/\mathbb{Z} \to \mathbb{R}^3$ be an embedding ...
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Genus of a link

In knot theory, we know that same linking number cannot distinguish two different knots/links. For example, whitehead link(linking number$=0$) and unlink of 2 components (linking number$=0$) but ...
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Relationship between Kauffman and HOMFLY polynomials

If we let $F_{L}(t)$ denote the Kauffman polynomial and $P_{L}(x,y)$ denote the HOMFLY polynomial, then we can obtain the Kauffman polynomial from the HOMFLY polynomial using the following ...
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Mirror images of knots and Kauffman and HOMFLY polynomial

Let $K$ is a knot and let $\bar{K}$ be the mirror image of $K$. I want to confirm this relationships. Let $f_K(t)$ be the Kauffman polynomial of $K$. To get the mirror image we swap every right ...
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Name of a link invariant?

Below I will describe a link invariant, denoted by me as $inv(L)$. Has anyone encountered this invariant in the literature? If so, what is its name? Also, any references to papers or books that ...
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Reidemeister Moves

In knot theory, two links are equivalent if and only if they can be deformed from one to another by performing a finite number of Reidemeister moves. But sometimes it is so confusing that I don't know ...
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Conway polynomial of the unknot

I was trying to follow along with Wikipedia's basic computation of the Conway polynomial of the trefoil knot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knot_theory#Knot_polynomials), but I got sidetracked by ...
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Surgery on trivial knots

I know a theorem that any closed orientable 3 manifold can be obtained from the sphere $S^3$ by surgery along a framed knot. I think I read or heard somewhere that as a surgery link, we can take ...
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Legendrian Isotopy of Knots can be extended to an ambient Contact Isotopy

I am attempting to understand a proof that an isotopy of two Legendrian knots $L_0$ and $L_1$ in a closed contact manifold (M,$\xi$) can be extended to an contact isotopy $\phi$ of M such that $\phi_0 ...
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Find the fundamental group and the Alexander polynomial

I would like to find the Alexander polynomial of the link $L$, described below. Let $K(q,r)$ be the $(q,r)$-torus knot embedded on a torus $V$. Inside the torus $V$, consider a smaller solid torus ...
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What is a 2-surgery on a disk?

I am confused by a certain point in Scharlemann's paper "Sutured Manifolds and Generalized Thurston Norms", which seems important enough to not just skip it. I mean the "2-surgery on disks" in the ...
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Determine the multiplicity of knots for a graph

Here are my two questions: Given a finite connected non-oriented planar graph, is there a way to determine whether or not it is possible to derive a single non-trivial knot diagram from this graph, ...
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Recommended books on knot invariants

I've been reading the books "An introduction to knot theory" by Lickorish and "Knots, Links, Braids and 3-Manifolds" by Prosolov and Sossinsky, and while both seem to me as good books, sometimes I'd ...
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Are there Kirby diagrams for manifolds with boundaries?

There are Kirby diagrams for 3- and 4-manifolds which consist of framed links corresponding to 1- and 2-handles attached to a single 0-handle. Any such diagram will give a unique closed manifold since ...
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Req. for Definition:Twisting Number of Curve in Contact Structure

All: I'm reading a paper that makes mention of the twisting $tw (\gamma,S) $ , where $\gamma$ is a simple, closed Legendrian curve in a surface $S$ , and $S$ is embedded in a contact 3-manifold ...
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Why is the Whitehead double of a knot always prime?

I was looking for a proof that there are infinitely many prime knots and one said "take your favorite (prime) knot and consider all its Whitehead double", implying that all Whitehead doubles of a ...
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On the definition of Fox derivative

I am reading An Introduction to Knot Theory by W.B. Raymond Lickorish. In Chapter 11 the motivation for the Fox derivative is mentioned. I understand why the contribution of the occurrence of $x_j$ in ...
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Wirtinger Presentation for the Figure eight knot, Rolfsen exercise

I have been working through Rolfsen's "Knots and Links" and have found myself frustrated by exercise 4 on page 58. It concerns the Wirtinger Presentation of the figure eight knot, where the ...
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Total mean curvature of an immersed torus.

How to prove that the total mean curvature of an immersed torus of $R^3$ such that has nontrivial self-intersection must $> 8 \pi$? The definition of total mean curvature is the integral of $H^2$ ...
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Complement of figure-8 knot

I am reading W. Thurston's famous "3-dimensional Geometry and Topology", but I am stuck at the point where it is said that gluing two tetrahedra in an appropriate way give you the complement of the ...
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Zero exponent sum w.r.t group words in knot group's presentation

I am reading, "Plane Curves Associated to Character Varieties of 3-Manifolds" by Cooper, Culler, Gillet, Long, and Shalen and on page 28 ( http://www.math.uic.edu/~culler/papers/PlaneCurves/curves.pdf ...
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Showing every knot has a regular projection using diff top

My question is: Can we use differential topology to prove that every smooth knot has a regular projection? Here is some background: Let $\gamma : S^1 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ be a smooth unit-speed ...
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Uniqueness of Preferred Framing of a Solid Torus in $S^3$

One way to state my question tersely is: For a homeomorphism $f : S^1 \times \mathbb{D}^2 \rightarrow S^1 \times \mathbb{D}^2$, does $f|_{S^1 \times S^1}$ determine the isotopy class of $f$? This is ...
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Proof of the completeness of knot quandle

http://www.varf.ru/rudn/manturov/book.pdf I am reading p.56 in the book (p.69 in the pdf file), and trying to understand the proof that quandles completely determine knots up to orientation. The ...
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Software to calculate Alexander polynomials

Is there any software for Windows that I can use to calculate the Alexander polynomials of links?
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Knot group, Abelization and linking number

Suppose that $K$ is an orientable knot, $X=\mathbb{R}^3\setminus K$, $x_0\in X$ and $G=\pi_1(X,x_0)$. Suppose $\phi:G\rightarrow G_{ab}=G/G'\cong\mathbb{Z}$. Use the Wirtinger presentation of $G$ to ...