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Embedding manifolds of constant curvature in manifolds of other curvatures

I know that there is no complete surface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$ of constant curvature -$k$ for any $k$. But you can clearly embed the hyperbolic plane (curvature -1) into hyperbolic 3-space ...
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Finding an algebra of smooth functions on a manifold with a given product.

I am having trouble with the following exercise from Jet Nestruev's Smooth Manifolds and Observables. It is one of the first exercises in the book and I have no idea how to approach this type of ...
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Diffeomorphic riemannian manifolds and volume forms

Maybe the question will be stupid, but I'm a beginner in riemannian geometry... We have two riemannian manifolds $(M,g)$, $(\overline M,\overline g)$ and a diffeomorphism $F:M\rightarrow\overline M$ ...
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Algebraist's definition of the tangent space of a manifold

By the "algebraist's definition" of the tangent space of manifolds, can we say that the partial derivative $d/dx$ belongs to the the tangent space of $S^1$? It feels strange, but I can't see why it ...
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Vector field on riemannian manifold

Let $M$ be a riemannian manifold and $N$ be a submanifold of $M$. Let $v$ be a vector field in $N$. Then $v$ can be covariantly differentiated along $\gamma$ resulting in new field $u$. (Here consider ...
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Slice of a coordinate system in a manifold

In the book - Foundations of differentiable manifolds and Lie groups by Frank Warner, the definition of a slice is as under. Suppose that $(U,\phi)$ is a coordinate system on $M$ (dimension $d$) with ...
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Directional, differential and lie derivatives on manifolds intuition?

Trying to translate elementary multivariable calculus into the language of manifolds: Is the directional derivative on a manifold just a way of finding the rate of change of a vector in a single ...
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Pullback of a form using the Hopf fibration

I embed the 2-sphere and the 3-sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and $\mathbb{R}^4$ respectively. Then denote by $\{x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4\}$ the coordinates on the 3-sphere and $\{y_1,y_2,y_3\}$ on the 2-sphere. So ...
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Why are there always pairwise intersections in a Heegaard splitting?

Let $M=A\cup B$ be a Heegaard splitting, such that $\{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g$ is a set of boundaries for meridian disks of $A$, and $\{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^g$ is a set of boundaries for meridian disks of $B$ ...
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Constant Rank theorem for domain with nonempty boundary

Problem 4-3 in J.M. Lee's introductory text about smooth manifolds, asks to formulate and prove a version of the constant rank theorem for a map of constant rank whose domain is a smooth manifold with ...
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Isometries from Diffeomorphisms

Given a compact, connected Lie group G of diffeomorphisms on a manifold M, how to construct a Riemannian metric on M such that elements of G are isometries of M?
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differential form

one form $\alpha$ over a smooth manifold is non vanishing means for every $p\in M$, $\alpha_p\neq 0$. But $\alpha_p$ is linear map $T_M\to \mathbb R$, hence $\alpha_p(0)=0$. So confusion arises ...
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Status of PL topology

I'm starting to learn about geometric topology and manifold theory. I know that there are three big important categories of manifolds: topological, smooth and PL. But I'm seeing that while topological ...
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The graph of $x\mapsto |x|$ cannot be the image of an immersion.

How can one prove that the set $\{(x,|x|)\in \mathbb{R}^2 \mid x\in \mathbb{R}\}$ cannot be the image of an immersion of a smooth manifold? This was my homework exercise in a course about ...
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General introduction to orbifolds?

Where should I go to learn about orbifolds? I am interested in a general introduction that gives precise definitions and clear explanations. I have a fair background in topological and smooth ...
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Fixed Point Involutions

In recent reading on Riemann surfaces and complex manifolds (primary Miranda with a few random finds online), I encountered the notion of involutions, in particular fixed point involutions. We recall ...
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Does there exist a vector field s.t. all orbits are dense on $\mathbb{R}^2$

Is there a complete vector field such that the all orbits are dense on a contractible manifold? For example, $\mathbb{R}^2$,the interior of a $n$-unit ball.
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Fundamental solution to Laplace equation on arbitrary Riemann surfaces

So, I've seen in a few places this method of calculating the heat kernel on a manifold given the kernel of its universal cover, through a so-called 'tiling method' as in section five of this paper ...
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Domain invariance for smooth functions

The domain invariance theorem states that for an open set $U\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ and a continuous and injective mapping $f:U\to \mathbb{R}^n,$ the image $f(U)\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ is open. I've read ...
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An imcomprehensible proof on Arnold's Lectures on PDE, contact diffeomorphism

In Lectures on Partial Differential Equations, Arnold gives a theorem in the chapter Huygens' Principle in the Theory of Wave Propagation: Theorem 1 (the theory of support functions). The manifold ...
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Example of charts on $\mathbb{R}$ that are $\mathcal{C}^r$ compatible but not $\mathcal{C}^{r+1}$ compatible.

Is there a simple example of two charts where this is the case? I'm struggling to think up one.
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Is $G$ a lie group if left multiplication is smooth and multiplication is smooth near $e$?

Suppose $G$ is a smooth manifold and also a topological group. Also suppose that left multiplication $L_g : G \rightarrow G$ is smooth for any $g \in G$. Finally suppose that the multiplication map is ...
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Classification of orientable non-closed surfaces

How does the classification of closed (compact, boundaryless) surfaces imply the classification of all orientable not-necessarily-compact surfaces with boundary? It seems to be that they are all ...
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What is group manifold of a compact Lie Group?

I searched on google the meaning of a group manifold of a compact lie group but I didn't get the answer. A paper on arxiv "Background Independent Quantum Gravity:A Status Report- Abhay Ashtekar" on ...
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Simple exercise in cohomology

I know this is a simple exercise but I am stuck unfortunately. Question: Use de Rham cohomology to prove that the sphere $S^2$ is not diffeomorphic to the torus $T$. You may assume that ...
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Prove Poincare duality theorem with Morse theory.

First let us consider a smooth n-manifold. And find a Morse function f. Now let's consider -f. A singular point of f with index k is a singular point of -f with index n-k. Thus we have a canonical ...
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Homological definition of orientation at a boundary point?

For a topological manifold $M^m$, an orientation at a point $x \in M$ can be defined as a choice of generator for $H_m (M, M-x)$. For a topological manifold with boundary this definition still makes ...
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Gluing manifolds

Is it true that gluing can be realized two ways? In the example of gluing two cylinders to obtain a torus one can imbed each cylinders into the torus like this: A point $(\cos \phi , \sin \phi, ...
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Does every non-compact manifold admit an incomplete vector field?

I know that every vector field on a compact manifold is complete. The question of whether every non-compact manifold admits an incomplete vector field seems to follow naturally. I'd hazard a guess ...
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special covering of a non-compact manifold

I'm very stuck on the following exercise in the book "A Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry V.1" by Michael Spivak: Let $M^m$ be a smooth connected non-compact manifold. Show that $M$ ...
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Alternate pullback bundle construction

If $\pi : F \to N$ is a fiber bundle, and $\phi : M \to N$ (here, $M$ and $N$ are manifolds), then the standard way to define the pullback bundle of $F$ by $\phi$ is $$\phi^* F := \{(m,f) \in M ...
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Heegaard Splitting of Brieskorn homology 3-spheres

For pairwise coprime integers $(p,q,r)$, we define a Brieskorn homology 3-spheres by $\Sigma(p,q,r)=\{(z_1,z_2,z_3)\in\mathbb{C}^3 | z_1^p+z_2^q+z_3^r=0, |z_1|^2+|z_2|^2+|z_3|^2=1\}$. I want to know ...
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Invariance of Wall's self-intersection under the regular homotopy

For an immersion $f\colon N^n\to M^{2n}$ with fixed lift $\tilde{f}\colon N\to \tilde{M}$ and $N,M,\tilde{M}$ are oriented, first we define a unordered double point set $S_2[f]=\lbrace(x_1,x_2)\in ...
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Any N dimensional manifold as a boundary of some N+1 dimensional manifold?

Is this statement true: Question: Can any N dimensional manifold be realized as a boundary of some N+1 dimensional manifold? If so/not, how to prove/disprove it? I read a TQFT paper from Edward ...
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Any example of manifold without global trivialization of tangent bundle

It is said for most manifolds, there does not exist a global trivialization of the tangent bundle. I am not quite clear about it. The tangent bundle is defined as $$TM=\bigsqcup_{p\in M}T_PM$$ So is ...
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Do diffeomorphisms act transitively on a manifold?

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold, $x,y\in M$. Must there exist a diffeomorphism $f : M \rightarrow M$ with $f(x) = y$? I tried proving this via vector fields, i.e. trying to find a vector field whose ...
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vector space of all smooth functions has infinite dimension

Now, I am working through a particular case in the book on smooth manifolds by John.M.Lee used in my graduate math class, let's say we have a smooth manifold X which has positive dimension. He then ...
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Is it possible to make the set $M:=\{(x,y)\in\mathbb{R}^2:y=|x|\}$ into a differentiable manifold?

1) Is it possible that be given a suitable smooth atlas to the set $M:=\{(x,y)\in\mathbb{R}^2: y=|x|\}$ so that $M$ to be a differentiable manifold? Why? How? 2) How can I prove that M is not an ...
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What does it mean “being geodesic” is not invariant?

We know that "being geodesic" is not invariant under re-parametrization. Only affine re-parametrization preserves the property of being a geodesic. Also, a geodesic is locally distance minimizer. ...
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The graph of a smooth real function is a submanifold

Given a function $f: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^m $ which is smooth, show that $$\operatorname{graph}(f) = \{(x,f(x)) \in \mathbb{R}^{n+m} : x \in \mathbb{R}^n\}$$ is a smooth submanifold of ...
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Does $\mathrm{Mat}_{m \times n}$ have boundary?

To me, $\mathrm{Mat}_{m \times n}$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^{mn}$, hence is boundaryless. But this disqualified the use of Sard's theorem in this question: An exercise on Regular Value Theorem. ...
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How do I know when a form represents an integral cohomology class?

Suppose $M$ is an $n$-dimensional manifold, and $\omega \in \Omega^p(M)$ is a closed $p$-form. Moreover, assume that $d\omega = 0$, so that it represents a de Rham cohomology class. I would like to ...
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Classifying vector bundles

Given a manifold $M$, is there a way of classifying up to isomorphism all possible vector bundles over $M$ of a given rank? Some other questions on this site deal with specific cases, which all seem ...
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Topology on Klein bottle?

I was trying to show that the Klein bottle was second countable. My try was to use that it has the subspace topology of $\mathbb R^3$. Then I noticed that it is not imbeddable into $\mathbb R^3$. ...
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Kernel of the Laplacian on a compact manifold

Is there a way to characterise the kernel of the Laplace-Beltrami operator on a compact manifold without boundary? Or is it just "the set of functions $u$ such that $-\Delta u = 0$?"
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How can one prove that manifolds are regular?

First, some clarification of the definition of a manifold that I'm using: A manifold $M$ is a Hausdorff, locally Euclidean and second countable topological space. Now, I am trying to prove that ...
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Understanding the proof for: $d(f^*\omega)\overset{!}{=}f^*(d\omega)$

Consider this Proposition: Let $U\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ and $V\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ be open sets and $\phi:U\to V$ be differentiable. For all $k\in\mathbb{N}_0$ and $\omega\in \Lambda^k(V)$ it is true ...
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Orientations on Manifold

This is a very basic definition of orientable and very basic example 20.5 however ı could not understand definition in an good way so ı want you to explain my green writing please :) and my example ...
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Pushforward of Lie Bracket

I am trying to figure out why the following equality is true : $$f_*[X,Y]=[f_*X,f_*Y]$$ where $f:M\rightarrow N$ is a diffeomorphism, $M$, $N$ are smooth manifolds, $X$, $Y$ are smooth vector fields ...
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Describe tangent and normal bundle to a manifold

Consider the set $X:=\{(x,y,z)\in\mathbb{R}^3 | x^2+3y^2=1+z^2\}$ I have to show that $X$ is a submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^3$ (and this is trivial); then, using on $T\mathbb{R}^3$ the standard ...