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Tangent space manifold

Let M be a differentiable manifold of dimension m and also let $\{\xi_1,\dots,\xi_m\}\subset \text{T}_pM$ be an linearly independent set of the tangent bundle of M at a certain point $p\in M$. I have ...
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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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Tangent space for product of submanifolds

Suppose that $X_1$ is an $n_1$-dimensional submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^{N_1}$, and $X_2$ is an $n_2$-dimensional submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^{N_2}$, and let $X=X_1\times X_2$. Let $p_1\in X_1$ and ...
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Describing Functions on a Manifold

Well, I have a pretty simple (probably silly and basic) doubt about how do we describe functions on a Manifold. Well, just to make clear which definitions I'm using, for now what I know is that: a ...
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Why is $\mathbb{R} P^n$ called projective space?

I know that: If one defines an equivalence relation on $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}-\{0\}$ by $$x\sim y \iff y=tx$$ for some nonzero real number $t$, where $x,y\in\mathbb{R}^{n+1}-\{0\}$, Then The real ...
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proof of stokes theorem

I don't understand the "idea" of the following proof, as well as some of the steps. As i'm not sure about its "ways", im not editing it much and as such it might be in the wrong order. My sincere ...
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Tangential Space of a differentiable manifold is always $\mathbb R^n$?

Let $\mathcal M$ be a differential manifold with a point $p$. Let U be an open set, $p\in U$, on $\mathcal M$ and let $\phi,\psi:U\to \mathbb R^n$ be a charts on $\mathcal M$. I'm having diffculties ...
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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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Geodesics on the torus

[This is a follow-up to my question Is there a Möbius torus?] Mark L. Irons' paper The Curvature and Geodesics of the Torus gives a concise overview of the geodesics on the torus: There are five ...
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Are these definitions of submanifold equivalent?

Let $M$ be a manifold – by which I mean a second countable Hausdorff smooth manifold. Here's an "obviously" correct definition of (embedded) submanifold: Definition A. A subspace $S$ of $M$ is a ...
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What is a Lagrangian submanifold?

I see references to Lagrangian Submanifolds in the literature but don't know what they are. Is there a relation to Lagrangian Tori (which I also don't know what are). Could someone give a definition ...
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First exercise of Guillemin-Pollack. [closed]

If $k < l$ we can consider $\mathbb{R}^k$ to be the subset $\{(a_1, \dots, a_k, 0, \dots, 0)\}$ in $\mathbb{R}^l$. Show that smooth functions on $\mathbb{R}^k$, considered as a subset of ...
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Differential in Lie groups

I am trying to make sense of the Lie group machinery and relate it to the calculus. Suppose that $\psi(t)=\phi(s)\phi(t), s, t \in I$. Where $\phi(t)$ is a one-parameter subgroup of the Lie group ...
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Orientability of Stiefel manifold $V_2(\mathbb R^4)$

What is an easy proof of orientability of Stiefel manifold $V_2(\mathbb{R}^4)$ (pairs of orthonormal vectors from $\mathbb{R}^4$ - subset of $\mathbb{R}^8$)? All proofs I found deal with Lie groups ...
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A problem from Spivak's Calculus on Manifolds

Notation As Spivak suggests, given $A\subset\mathbb R^n$, boundary $A$ denotes the topological boundary of $A$, i.e. $\overline A\cap\overline{A^c}$. Problem 5-3(a): Let $A\subset\mathbb R^n$ be ...
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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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Understanding Proof About an Immersion

I am studying the following proof for which an excerpt is provided below: Update: I have written out a fully-detailed proof of an argument that seeks verify the claim that $\partial \psi$ is ...
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Decorating eggs

I came across this question as I have been helping someone decorate styrofoam eggs by gluing wrapping paper onto it. The question is quite simple but I found myself stumped. Given an egg what is the ...
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Sobolev space on $M \times [0,\infty)$, $M$ compact closed manifold

Consider a manifold of the form $M \times [0,\infty)$, where $M$ is a closed compact manifold without boundary. So $M \times [0,\infty)$ is a semi-infinite cylinder. I want to know information about ...
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If $f\in A_k(V)$ and $g\in A_l(V)$ show $i_v(f\wedge g)=i_vf\wedge g+(-1)^kf\wedge i_vg$ - I've got the gist, not sure how to write

If $f\in A_k(V)$ and $g\in A_l(V)$ show $i_v(f\wedge g)=i_vf\wedge g+(-1)^kf\wedge i_vg$ With $A_k(V)$ being the vector space of alternating k-tensors. for $f\in A_k(V)$ for some $v\in V$ we define ...
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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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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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Isotopy preserving inverse image $f_t^{-1}(V)$ of a homotopy

During a lecture I was given a bunch of easy propositions entitled as "observations" by the lecturer. But one of them seems more difficult and I have absolutely no idea how to "observe" it... I'd be ...
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Differentiable Manifold Hausdorff, second countable

Why do we generally require that a differentiable manifold be Hausdorff and second countable? Is this universally accepted in the definition? My Professor only required the Hausdorff condition for ...
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Why the surface of the sphere is not a Euclidean space?

In wiki, I see a description in manifold: "Although a manifold resembles Euclidean space near each point, globally it may not. For example, the surface of the sphere is not a Euclidean space, but in ...
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On the Use of the Topology on Tangent Bundles

On learning about how to define smooth vector fields on a manifold $M$, I learned that one should first define a tangent bundle , $T(M)$, as $\cup T_p(M)$ together with a topology(smooth structure). ...
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Why do we need Hausdorff-ness in definition of topological manifold?

Suppose $M^n$ is a topological manifold, then $M^n$ locally looks like $\mathbb{R}^n$. $M^n$ is locally Hausdorff, since $\mathbb{R}^n$ is Hausdorff and Hausdorff-ness is a topological invariant. ...
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Intuition for not-so-smooth manifolds

in standard text books on (smooth) manifolds, for example the known series by John M. Lee or Jeffrey Lee, you either deal with continuous manifolds, or with smooth manifolds. However, neither in ...
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Simpler definition of manifold

I'm new to topology but I must understand how it works to progress in my research. First, can anybody point me to a document that introduces topology in a "gentle" way. What pre-requisites do I need ...
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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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Bijection between $P^2 (\mathbf R)$ and planes in $\mathbf R^3$?

Is it true that there is a bijection between planes through origin in $\mathbf R^3$ and the projective plane $P^2 (\mathbf R)$? It is a remark in a lecture note I am reading. I tried to prove it but ...
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Transition functions in manifold

Following is given as the definition of a manifold in a book which I am reading. Let $\{U_{\alpha}:\alpha\in I\}$ be an open covering of a Hausdorff topological space $X$ and $\phi_{\alpha}$ be ...
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Is $[0,1]$ a 1-manifold?

Is $[0,1]$ a 1-manifold? I would say no because at either endpoint the open sets containing it aren't homeomorphic to a 1-ball in $\mathbb R^1$.
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Spivak's proof of Inverse Function Theorem

I am having trouble with Spivak's proof of the Inverse Function Theorem in his Calculus on Manifolds: 2-11 Theorem (Inverse Function Theorem). Suppose that $f: \mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}^n$ is ...
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Manifold Explained

Is there a good explanation of a manifold on the web somewhere? The wikipedia article isn't really working for me. I was actually hoping for a whiteboard lecture on youtube, but can't find one. My ...
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Spin manifold and the second Stiefel-Whitney class

We know that: Spin structures will exist if and only if the second Stiefel-Whitney class $w_2(M)\in H^2(M,\mathbb Z/2)$ of $M$ vanishes. Can someone use simple words and logic to show why the ...
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What is $S^3/\Gamma$?

Let G is a group and H is a subgroup of G. I know $G/H$ is the quotient space but I have no idea about what $S^3/\Gamma$ is, where $S^3$ is the sphere and $\Gamma$ is a finite subgroup of $SO(4)$. In ...
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Manifolds and Charts

I have a very silly and basic question about finding charts for a manifold. The point is: I'm self learning differential geometry, however, I didn't find the answer for this in the book nor on the ...
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Geodesic on a plane

I guess that each geodesic on a plane is a straight line. Is it right? What can I use to prove it? I guess I have to use somehow Levi-Civita connection.
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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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Concerning the tangent space of an exotic $\mathbb R^4$

My geometric intuition is very poor, so my naive approach to this question is "if $M$ is an exotic $\mathbb R^4$, then $TM$ must be something like $\mathbb R^8$, which is not exotic". Of course, my ...
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Why is $\partial\partial M=\varnothing$?

Why is the border of the border of an oriented differentiable $n$-dimensional Manifold $M$ empty, that is $$\partial\partial M = \emptyset?$$
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$4$-form $ \omega \wedge \omega$ vanishes on $S^4$

If $\omega$ is a closed $2$-form on $S^4$, how can I show the $4$-form $ \omega \wedge \omega$ vanishes somewhere on $S^4$? I am guessing that the fact we're talking about the $2$-form being ...
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Manifold embedded in euclidean space with nontrivial normal bundle

Let $X$ be a differentiable $n$-manifold embedded in some $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$. I have two questions. I have read that if $X$ is compact and orientable, then the normal bundle of the embedding is ...
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Non-orientable 1-dimensional (non-hausdorff) manifold

Is there any nice example of a 1-dimensional non-hausdorff manifold that is not oriented? I have tried the line with two origins, but maybe something more exotic is needed?
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Showing diffeomorphism between $S^1 \subset \mathbb{R}^2$ and $\mathbb{RP}^1$

I am trying to construct a diffeomorphism between $S^1 = \{x^2 + y^2 = 1; x,y \in \mathbb{R}\}$ with subspace topology and $\mathbb{R P}^1 = \{[x,y]: x,y \in \mathbb{R}; x \vee y \not = 0 \}$ with ...
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Cut-number of Klein bottle and other non-orientable surfaces

What is the maximum number $c$ (cut-number) of non-intersecting (edit: two-sided) circles on a Klein bottle $N_2$ and, in general, a surface $N_h$ with $h$ Möbius strips, such that cutting by these ...
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First proof of Poincaré Lemma

I know that a way of proving Poincare lemma is to use the homotopy invariance and contractibility of the Euclidean space. Is there is a way of doing it directly (without using the contractibility of ...
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Different definitions of a “one-form”

I started self-studying some differential geometry while using several different sources, but I'm confused about the notion of a one-form and how different places define it differently. Here are some ...
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orthonormal vector fields

In a Riemannian manifold $(M^n,g)$, is it true that given a point $p$ we can find $n$ vector fields $X_i$ on a neighborhood $U$ of $p$ such that $g(X_i,X_j)(x)=\delta_{ij}$ with $x \in U$? It seems ...