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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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group cohomology of 3-manifolds

If $M$ is a closed aspherical 3-manifold with first fundamental group $G$, then cohomology groups of $G$ and $M$ are isomorphic because $M$ is a Eilenberg-MacLane space $K(G,1)$. In particular there ...
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Vector valued 2-forms wich satisfy Jacobi Identity

Motivated by this MO question we ask the following two questions: 1)What is an example of a compact manifold $M$ which does not admit any smooth (1,2) tensor $\omega$ which restriction to each ...
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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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Jacobi field strange condition.

I am currently reading a textbook (Kuehnel) saying that if $V,W \in T_pM$ are such that $\langle V,W \rangle =0$ and $\|V\|=\|W\|=1,$ then $Y(t):=D \exp(tV)(tW)$ is a Jacobi field. The thing is, I ...
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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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Explaining the definition of vector bundles

Recall the definition of a vector bundle: Let $M$ be a topological space. A $k$-dimensional vector bundle over $M$ is a topological space $E$ with a surjective continuous map $\pi\colon E \to ...
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Definition of submanifolds by regular values

Let $f: M \rightarrow N$ and $q \in N$ be a regular value, then $f^{-1}(q)$ is a submanifold of $M$. Now assume that $q \in N$ is not a regular value, but you pick $K:=f^{-1}(q) \cap \{p \in M; ...
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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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Is there a relation between vectors on these two spaces?

I've been reading lately one paper on Physics, which basically presents one gauge theory approach to the problem of swimming at low Reynolds number. I've been trying lately to rewrite some of the ...
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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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Homology and Neighborhood

Let $X$ a connected manifold, $x \in X$ and $V$ a neighborhood of $x$. Assume $i:V \to X$ induce isomorphism between all homology groups. Does $X-p$ and $V-p$ still have the same homology groups ? ...
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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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Surface area of a slightly deformed sphere

Consider the unit sphere, which can either be described by $x^2+y^2+z^2=1$ or by the equation $r(\theta,\phi)=1$, where $(r,\theta,\phi)$ are spherical polar coordinates. I define a deformed sphere ...
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Abstract definition of a differential operator

In Kolar, Michor, and Slovak, a differential operator is said to be a rule transforming sections of a fibred manifold $Y \to M$ into sections of another fibred manifold $Y' \to M'$. Is this is a ...
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The lie bracket as a limit

Let $M$ be a manifold and $f_t$ be the monoparametric group of local transformations generated by a vector field $X$. Suppose $w$ is a $k$-form and $x_1,\dots,x_k$ are vector fields. How can we see ...
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Let $p=(5,0,-4)$ and $v \in T_{(5,0,-4)}M$. Compute $(F^{*}\omega)_p(v)$.

Let me show my work before presenting the problem itself. Let $M=\{(x,y,z) \in \mathbb{R}^3 : x+y=5, x+z=cos^2y\}$. We can easily see that $M$ is a submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^3$ of dimension $1$. ...
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Compute in the chosen charts of $M$ and $S^1$ the expression of $DF_{(5,0,-4)}$

Let me show my work before presenting the problem itself. Let $M=\{(x,y,z) \in \mathbb{R}^3 : x+y=5 x+z=cos^2y\}$. We can easily see that $M$ is a submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^3$ of dimension $1$. We ...
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When do we call the boundary $\partial\Omega$ of a bounded domain $\Omega\subseteq\mathbb{R}^n$ smooth?

When do we call the boundary $\partial\Omega$ of a bounded domain $\Omega\subseteq\mathbb{R}^n$ smooth? I can't find a formal definition. I know, that we say, that $\partial\Omega$ has a ...
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Injectivity of the Differential of Smooth Map

I am trying to answer the following question: Let $M = \{(x,y)\in \mathbf{R}^2 : x^2 + y^2 < 1\}$. Define a smooth or $C^\infty$ function by $f\colon M \rightarrow \mathbf{R}^2$ as ...
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Can a fractal be a manifold? if so: will its boundary (if exists) be strictly one dimension lower?

So it is weekend! and I am reading a nice book, "The Poincaré conjecture", written by a mathematician (Donal O'Shea, topologist). The book introduces step by step basic concepts of Topology, and talks ...
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Tangent space as derivations exercise

Thinking of the tangent space to a manifold as derivations is a concept which just kind of eludes me. I am comfortable thinking about tangent vectors as equivalence classes of curves and with the ...
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$M\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ is a open subset, $p\in M$ is arbitrary. Find $T_pM$ and $N_pM$

PROBLEM: $M\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ is a open subset, $p\in M$ is arbitrary. Find $T_pM$ and $N_pM$. I know how to determine $T_pM$ and $N_pM$ for explicit examples, but I dont know how to handle this ...
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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 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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Open product neighbourhoods

Let $X\times Y$ be a topological space (if it helps anything, it can be assumed to be a smooth manifold and $U\subseteq X\times Y$ an open subset. Let $x\in X$ and $O\subseteq Y$ be open, such that ...
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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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Check Riemannian manifold's isometry to $\Bbb{R}^n$

Let $\mathcal{M}$ be the convex cone of symmetric positive definite $n\times n$ real matrices. $\mathcal{M}$ is an $\frac{n(n+1)}{2}$-dimenasional Riemannian manifold. Could you help me proving (or ...
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How to show that the inverse image of a face of a simple polytope is a connected manifold?

If $M^{2n}$ is a toric manifold over a simple polytope $P^n$ i.e; the orbit space of the action of the $(S^1)^n$ on $M^{2n}$ is an $n$ dimensional simple polytope $P^n$. Let $\pi : M^{2n} \rightarrow ...
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Is this one infinite dimensional manifold?

First of all, just to give context to the question: I've been reading some articles in Physics, and those articles imply without proof that one space is one infinite dimensional manifold. One of those ...
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$L^\infty$-bounds on eigenfunctions of Laplace-Beltrami opeator

Let $w_k$ be the eigenfunctions of the Laplace-Beltrami operator on a compact manifold $M$ without boundary. We assume that $\{w_k\}$ are orthonormal, thus $\|w_k \|_{L^2} = 1$. We know $w_k$ are ...
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Differentiating an endomorphism

Let $(M,\rho)$ be a symplectic $2$-dimensional manifold, and let $J$ be a compatible complex structure on $M$, i.e. the symmetric $(0,2)$-tensor $$g(*,*) = \rho(*,J*)$$ is a Riemannian metric. Denote ...
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Two vector fields are cojugate but not take orbits

Let X and Y be C1 vector feilds on R^m. Suppose that 0 is an attracting hyperbolic singularity for X and Y. Show that there exists a homemorphism h of a neighborhood of origin which conjugate the ...
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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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Quickest way to restrict a homeomorphism

Let $\phi: U \to V \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ homeomorphism. My desire is: I want to say the restriction $\phi|_{\phi^{-1}(B_{r'}(x))}:\phi^{-1}(B_{r'}(x)) \to B_{r'}(x) $ is a homeomorphism in the ...
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Curvature of $K$-invariant connection (principal bundles)

Here is a proposition from Kobayashi & Nomizu's Foundations of Differential Geometry. I don't understand how they obtain the final line of the proof. They write: \begin{align} ...
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2-Sphere surface coordinate dimension

Ordinary sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$ is two-dimensional object (2-sphere), i.e. it requires at least two coordinates to define point on a surface. As I notice, however, there is a catch. If we use ...
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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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Homeotopy of Shrinking Manifolds

Let $M$ be a $n$-dimensional open manifold in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Let $B^n_k$ be the closed $n$-dimensional ball of radius $k$. Let $$N_k = (M^c \oplus B^n_k)^c$$ where $X^c$ denotes the complement of ...
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Definition of a Cartesian coordinate system

Apologies if this is a basic question, but I'd really like to clarify the exact meaning of what a Cartesian coordinate system is. Heuristically, is it correct to say that a Cartesian coordinate system ...
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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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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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Integration of $V$-valued differential form

When studying fibre bundles, connections and gauge theories it is usual to consider vector-valued differential forms, like the connection one-form, or it's pull back by a local trivialization known as ...
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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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(Locally) sym., homogenous spaces and space forms

We had some definitions of particular types of Riemannian manifolds in our lecture 1.) Locally symmetric spaces. They were Riemannian manifolds with the property that $\nabla R=0$ everywhere. 2.) ...
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Are variables in embedded space Statistically independent variables?

Performing Taken's phase space delay embedding on the observations $\mathbf{z}$ of a univariate random variable, with an embedding dimension $d$, we get a realization of $n$ points such as: ...
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Constructing coordinate maps on manifolds

I've been studying differential geometry for a little while now, but I've never properly justified to myself rigorously the need to consider other more general coordinate maps, other than Cartesian on ...
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Inverse function of $f(x,y,z) = (xy-z^2, x+z)$?

How do you determine the inverse function $f^{-1}: \mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}^3$ of $f: \mathbb{R}^3 \to \mathbb{R}^2 , f(x,y,z) = (xy-z^2, x+z) $ ? Or to put it into a bigger context: ...