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What are the 8 non-compact Euclidean 3-manifolds?

I have found several sources that mention that there are eight non-compact Euclidean 3-manifolds, with four orientable and four non-orientable. There are two standard references for this, but ...
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Is this a manifold?

I am trying to get started with differential geometry, and am having a difficult time wrapping my head around the concept of a manifold. One thing that would make it easier to understand would be if ...
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Lie algebra $\implies$ Lie group?

Lie's third theorem says that every finite-dimensional Lie algebra g over the real numbers is associated to a Lie group G. So say I have an $r-$ parameter group of symmetries whose tangents at the ...
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Why are de Rham cohomology and Cech cohomology of the constant sheaf the same

I am comfortable with de Rham cohomology, sheaves, sheaf cohomology and Cech cohomology. I am looking to prove the following theorem: If $M$ is a smooth manifold of dimension $m$, then we have ...
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Lie algebra action from Lie group action: coordinates

Here's the setup: I have $SL(2;\mathbb{C})$ acting on $V = \mathbb{C}[z,w] = \oplus_d V_d$, where $V_d$ is the homogeneous complex polynomials of degree $d$. The action is precomposition: ...
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When can we recover a manifold when we attach a $2n$-cell to $S^n$?

I have a question related to this one. In my answer I was going to try and say something about the possible manifolds that might arise in this way, i.e. as mapping cones of elements of ...
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Geodesics and manifold

I apologize if my post is "silly" because I don't know much about riemannian geometry. I know that $M = (0,1)$ (the open unit interval) can be seen as a one-dimensional manifold. Since $M$ is an ...
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Is a compact, simply-connected 3-manifold necessarily $S^3$ with $B^3$'s removed?

Let $M$ be a compact, simply-connected 3-manifold (which is also smooth and connected). Is $M$ diffeomorphic to $S^3$ with a finite number of $B^3$'s removed? This seems like a handy fact, but I ...
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Does the Tangent Space Vary Continuously with The Points On a Manifold?

I recently read about Grassmannian manifolds. The following question naturally comes to mind. Let $GR_k(\mathbf R^n)$ is the grassmannian manifold of $k$ dimensional linear subspaces of $\mathbf ...
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Equivalence of two distance function on a Riemannian manifold

Let $(M,g)$ be a closed connected $m$ dimensional smooth Riemannian manifold and assume that it is isometrically embedded in a Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^q$ by $\iota:M\to\mathbb{R}^q$. $|\ast|$ ...
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Munkres' Question on Manifolds

In Munkres' 'Analysis on Manifolds' on pg. 208 there's a question which reads: QUESTION: Let $f:\mathbb R^{n+k}\to \mathbb R^n$ be of class $\mathscr C^r$. Let $M$ be the set of all the points ...
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Translating a passage of a paper by L. Bérard Bergery

I am currently studying the following paper on Einstein manifolds: L. Bérard Bergery, Sur de nouvelles variétés riemanniennes d'Einstein, Inst. Elie Cartan, Univ. Nancy №6, 1-60 (1983). I have ...
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Is a connected sum of manifolds uniquely defined?

It is a standard excercise in differential geometry to prove that a connected sum $M\#N$ of two smooth manifolds $M,N$ of the same dimension is uniquely defined (under some assumptions regarding ...
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Showing L infinity norm bounded by L2 norm on a manifold

I have the following problem that I'm working on: Suppose $(M, g_{ij})$ is a compact Riemannian manifold. Assume $u$ is a smooth, nonnegative function which satisfies the differential inequality ...
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Why $\mathbb{RP}^2$ can not be embedded to $\mathbb{R}^3$?

Is there any answer of this question around basic theory of differentiable manifolds?
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$\mathbb{S}^2$ as a fibre bundle

I know, by the Hopf fibration, that $\mathbb{S}^3$ is an $\mathbb{S}^1$-fibre bundle over $\mathbb{S}^2$. Can $\mathbb{S}^2$ be an $\mathbb{S}^1$-fibre bundle over some manifold $M$?
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Algebraic varieties in $\mathbb{C}^n$ cannot have interior points

I know that the zero-set of a non-zero polynomial in $\mathbb{C}[x_1,...,x_n]$ can not have interior points, but I'm trying to find a proof that doesn't require a knowledge of complex analysis like ...
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Manifold interpretation of Navier-Stokes equations

I am wondering about particle trajectories for solutions of the Navier-Stokes equation. Is it possible that there is a Manifold $M$ for which fluid particles move along geodesic's or "straight lines ...
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let $\xi$ be an arbitrary vector bundle. Is $\xi\otimes\xi$ always orientable?

Let $\xi=(E,p,B)$ be a line bundle (not nec. orientable). Then the tensor product $\xi\otimes \xi$ is orientable. I obtain this by choosing $b\in U\cap V$, $U,V$ open in $B$ such that ...
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Are there p-adic manifolds?

Is there anything resembling a manifold on the field of p-adic or complex p-adic fields? If so is there a connection to algebraic geometry as rich as in the reals?
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The Heisenberg manifold

I am interested in the Heisenberg manifold, which is the quotient of the real Heisenberg group by the discrete Heisenberg (sub)group. It is a $3$-manifold which may be viewed as a circle bundle over ...
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Manifold with different differential structure but diffeomorphic

I'm new to differential geometry and reading Lee's book Manifold and Differential Geometry. In the first chapter, he mentioned the following two maps on $\mathbb{R}^n$: (1) $id: (x_1,x_2\cdots x_n) ...
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Why are differential forms more important than symmetric tensors?

In differential geometry, differential forms are totally anti-symmetric tensors and play an important role. I am led to wonder why do we not study totally symmetric tensors as much as forms. What ...
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Each point of $M$ has a smooth coordinate neighborhood in which the coordinate frame is orthonormal iff $g$ is flat

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold. Then I want to show that these are equivalent: (i) Each point of $M$ has a smooth coordinate neighborhood in which the coordinate frame is orthonormal. ...
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A Banach Manifold with a Riemannian Metric?

Given an infinite dimensional manifold modeled on a Banach space, what does it mean for it to have a Riemannian metric? Does it necessarily mean that it is actually a Hilbert manifold? My ...
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Cancellation in topological product

I was wondering whether $M\times \mathbb{R}$ is homeomorphic to $N\times \mathbb{R}$ implies $M$ is homeomorphic to $N$, where let us say $M,N$ are smooth manifolds. (They are certainly homotopy ...
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How do manifolds have enough structure to do calculus?

I am referring, of course, to to differentiable manifolds. I've seen a few different definitions. The one I like best is the one which says it's a topological space such that every point has a ...
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Möbius transformation in the complex plane.

Assume that $U$ be a line in the complex plane. And assume a Möbius transformation $\phi $ sends $ U $ again to a line. How can I classify all such $\phi$? I want to write my ideas. But, I ...
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Open subsets in a manifold as submanifold of the same dimension?

An open set in an $n$-manifold is clearly a submanifold of the same dimension as its containing manifold (see open manifolds). Now, given an $n$-manifold $M$, is it true that a set, to be the ...
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Definition of manifold

From Wikipedia: The broadest common definition of manifold is a topological space locally homeomorphic to a topological vector space over the reals. A topological manifold is a topological ...
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Is T($S^2 \times S^1$) trivial?

How would I find out if T($S^2 \times S^1$) is trivial or not? Using the hairy ball theorem I can show that T($S^2$) is not trivial, and it is straight forward to show that T($S^1$) is trivial. ...
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What kind of tools do we have to detect when a manifold is a product of other manifolds?

What sort of tools are out there that can detect when a manifold is a product of other manifolds? For example, comparing the homology of the circle to the torus, the homology of the torus gets more ...
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Embeddings (how to prove them exactly)

For which of the following sets is the statement: '$A$ can be embedded in $B$' true? I can try to decide this intuitively but don't know if I'm right, and surely don't know how to formally prove it. ...
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Dimension of de Rham Cohomology groups?

Is there a simple way to prove that the de Rham cohomology groups of a compact manifold $M$ have finite dimension as $\mathbb{R}$-vector spaces?
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A Cover of an Orientable Manifold is Orientable

The following question comes from Introduction to Smooth Manifolds by Lee: Suppose $\widetilde{M}$ smoothly covers $M$ where $M$ is orientable. Show that $\widetilde{M}$ is orientable. I think the ...
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What's the “easiest” closed 3-manifold with a nonabelian fundamental group?

I'm looking for some easy compact, oriented 3-manifolds without boundary that have a nonabelian fundamental group. It needn't be perfect. "Easy" means that it has an easy Heegard diagram, say, one ...
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Detecting compactness from the ring of smooth functions

Given a smooth manifold $M$, is there some ring-theoretic property (preferably not mentioning $M$) such that $C^{\infty}(M)$ has this property if and only if $M$ is compact?
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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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Looking for an atlas with 1 chart

Can we provide the set $\{(x,y,z)\in\mathbb{R^3}|x^2+y^2=1\}$ with a 2-dimensional manifold structure involving only 1 chart? I can see it with 2 charts with cylindrical coordinates, but not with only ...
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Is a covering space of a manifold always a manifold

Assume $M$ is a manifold and $q : E \to M$ is a covering map. I have been told a few times that a covering space of a manifold is again a manifold. Indeed, it is easy to verify that $E$ is both ...
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The special orthogonal group is a manifold

How can we show that $SO(n)$ is an $n^2$-manifold. It would be tempting to say that $SO(n)$ is an open set of $\mathbb R^{n^2}$ but this is not the case since $SO(n)$ is given as the intersection of ...
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There is no immersion of the Möbius band in the plane.

There is no immersion of the Möbius band in the plane. I believe we have to work with the tangent bundle of the Möbius band, but I'm not getting no useful result.
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Why are Riemann surfaces algebraic curves?

I've never fully understood the connection between Riemann surfaces and algebraic varieties. I'm particularly interested in the case of the modular curve of level N--I know how the Riemann surface is ...
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Do we know this homogeneous space by another name?

Consider the homogeneous space $GL(3)/GL(2) = GL(3,\mathbb{R})/GL(2,\mathbb{R})$ where $GL(2)$ fixes the first coordinate axis (so can be identified with the subgroup of $2\times 2$ blocks sitting in ...
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Converse To Quotient Manifold Theorem [Exercise in Lee Smooth Manifolds]

I would like help with the following problem (chapter 9, #4) from Lee's Smooth Manifolds [its not homework, I'm reading it and I got stuck on this one] If a Lie group $G$ acts smoothly and freely on ...
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Grassmanians and boudaries of manifolds

Let $M$ be a smooth, compact manifold without boundary. I will say that $M$ is a boundary when there is a smooth, compact manifold with boundary $W$ such that $\partial W=M$. After some lectures I ...
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Is the Whitney embedding theorem tight for all $n$?

Whitney's embedding theorem states that any smooth $n$-manifold $M$ can be smoothly embedded into $\Bbb R^{2n}$. In dimension 1 this is tight: the circle cannot be embedded into $\Bbb R^1$. It is a ...
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Orientation of $X \times Y$

Suppose that $X$ is not orientable. How can I show that $X \times Y$ is never orientable, no matter what manifold $Y$ may be? I've tried supposing that $X \times Y$ is orientable, then using that ...
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Finding a subspace whose intersections with other subpaces are trivial.

On p.24 of the John M. Lee's Introduction to Smooth Manifolds (2nd ed.), he constructs the smooth structure of the Grassmannian. And when he tries to show Hausdorff condition, he says that for any 2 ...
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De Rham cohomology of $\mathbb{RP}^{n}$

Consider map from $S^{n}$ to $\mathbb{RP}^{n}$ $$\varphi:S^{n}\to\mathbb{RP}^{n}$$ which maps point $x\in S^{n}$ to corresponding direction in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$. This map induces map ...