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CW complexes and manifolds

What is the strongest known theorem (if any) that classify which manifolds can be built as CW complexes? Thank you guys. This is just a question I thought of during class, obviously not homework... ...
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Defining a manifold without reference to the reals

The standard definition I've seen for a manifold is basically that it's something that's locally the same as $\mathbb{R}^n$, without the metric structure normally associated with $\mathbb{R}^n$. ...
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Why are smooth manifolds defined to be paracompact?

The way I understand things, roughly speaking, the importance of smooth manifolds is that they form the category of topological spaces on which we can do calculus. The definition of smooth manifolds ...
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Why maximal atlas

This has been on the back of my mind for one whole semester now. Its possible that in my stupidity I am missing out on something simple. But, here goes: Let $M$ be a topological manifold. Now, even ...
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What is the importance of the Poincaré conjecture?

The Poincaré conjecture is listed as one of the Millennium Prize Problems and has received significant attention from the media a few years ago when Grigori Perelman presented a proof of this ...
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Good introductory book on Calculus on Manifolds

I have already taken up to Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra and Diff Eq. I want to learn Calculus on Manifolds by myself, could you recommend a good introductory book on this subject? Should I ...
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Is $M=\{(x,|x|): x \in (-1, 1)\}$ not a differentiable manifold?

Let $M=\{(x,|x|): x \in (-1, 1)\}$. Then there is an atlas with only one coordinate chart $(M, (x, |x|) \mapsto x)$ for $M$. We don't need any coordinate transformation maps to worry about ...
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Decomposition of a manifold

As a kind of aside to this question, where one of the answers assumed that if $S^n=X \times Y$ then we can assume that $X$ and $Y$ are manifolds. If we have a manifold $M$, such that $M$ is ...
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Orientation of hypersurface

Some books on mean curvature flow (e.g. Mantegazza, Ecker) state that an embedded hypersurface in $\mathbb{R}^{k+1}$ is orientable (Mantegazza page 3, Ecker page 110). In other words, they assume the ...
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Functionally structured spaces and manifolds

The question requires some definitions that I have listed below for your convenience. They can be found in Chapter VI, pages 297-298 of Bredon's Introduction to Compact Transformation Groups. On a ...
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The “Easiest” non-smoothable manifold

In 1960, Kervaire found the first example of a PL-manifold which does not admit a smooth structure. Since then, I understand that there are many examples of non-smoothable manifolds that can be built. ...
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Smooth surfaces that isn't the zero-set of $f(x,y,z)$

The zero-set of any smooth function $f(x,y,z)$ with a non-vanishing gradient is a smooth surface. I was wondering if the reverse is true: is every smooth surface in $E^3$ the zero-set of some smooth ...
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map of arbitrary degree from compact oriented manifold into sphere

This is a question from a qualifying exam. Let $X$ be a compact, oriented $n$-dimensional manifold. Show that for any $k \in \mathbb{Z}$, there exists a continuous map $f: X \to S^n$ of degree $k$. I ...
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Tensors constructed out of metric other than the Riemann curvature tensor

Let $(M,g_{ab})$ be a Riemannian (or Pseudo-Riemannian) manifold and let us define a tensor field as 'something' that transforms in an appropriate way under coordinate transformations. (This is how ...
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Is Zorn's lemma required to prove the existence of a maximal atlas on a manifold?

In the definition of smooth manifolds, complex manifolds, and similar constructions, one starts by defining a property on neighborhoods in the space, specifying how they relate on overlapping ...
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Global sections of a tensor product of vector bundles on a smooth manifold

This question is similar to Conditions such that taking global sections of line bundles commutes with tensor product? and Tensor product of invertible sheaves except that I am concerned with ...
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Given a local diffeomorphism $f: N \to M$ with $M$ orientable, then $N$ is orientable.

Given a local diffeomorphism $f: N \to M$ with $M$ orientable. Why is $N$ orientable? My professor wrote this in class without giving a proof and said "you should try to prove this for fun :)". I ...
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$M \times N$ orientable if and only if $M, N$ orientable

For two manifolds $M$ and $N$ I'm trying to prove that $M \times N$ is orientable if and only if $M$ and $N$ are orientable. My attempt so far: $\impliedby)$ Assume $M, N$ are orientable. Then ...
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The only 1-manifolds are $\mathbb R$ and $S^1$

I recall having heard somewhere that the only 1-manifolds (second countable, Hausdorff, connected spaces locally homeomorphic to $\mathbb R$) are $\mathbb R$ and $S^1$. Is this true? If so, is there a ...
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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 ...
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Second Stiefel-Whitney Class of a 3 Manifold

This is exercise 12.4 in Characteristic Classes by Milnor and Stasheff. The essential content of the exercise is to show that $w_2(TM)=0$, where $M$ is a closed, oriented 3-manifold, $TM$ its tangent ...
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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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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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Showing $[0,1] \times [0,1]$ is a manifold with boundary

I'm familiarizing myself with manifolds. I tried to show $[0,1]\times[0,1]$ is a manifold with a boundary. Can you please tell me if my proof is correct: The definition for manifold with boundary: ...
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intrinsic proof that the grassmannian is a manifold

I was trying to prove that the grassmannian is a manifold without picking bases, is that possible? Here's what I've got, let's start from projective space. Take $V$ a vector space of dimension n, and ...
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Is there a Möbius torus?

Does the concept of a Möbius torus make sense: taking a cylinder (instead of a rectangle as in the case of the Möbius strip) and twisting it before joining its ends? Or will the resulting twisted ...
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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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What is the codimension of matrices of rank $r$ as a manifold?

I'm reading through G&P's Differential Topology book, but I hit a wall at the end of section 4. There is a result stating The set $X=\{A\in M_{m\times n}(\mathbb{R}):\mathrm{rk}(A)=r\}$ is a ...
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Tangent bundle : is a manifold

I have studied what a differentiable manifold is, and what a tangent space at a given point is, and read the proof that its dimension is equal to the dimension of the manifold. Here a tangent vector ...
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How to show that $f : \mathbb{R}^n → \mathbb{R}^n$, $f(x) = \frac{h(\Vert x \Vert)}{\Vert x \Vert} x$, is a diffeomorphism onto the open unit ball?

Could anyone help me with the following problem? The problem Fix $\varepsilon \in (0, 1)$ and choose a smooth function $h$ on $[0,\infty)$ such that $h'(t) > 0$ for all $t ≥ 0$, $h(t) = t$ for ...
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tensor product of two vector bundles

Let $\xi$ and $\eta$ be two vector bundles over the same base space $B$. Then $\xi\otimes \eta$ is orientable if and only if $\xi$ and $\eta$ are both orientable. How to prove this true or not true? ...
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Problem 3-38 in Spivak´s Calculus on Manifolds

This is not homework. Problem 3-38 reads: Let $A_{n}$ be a closed set contained in $(n,n+1)$. Suppose that $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ satisfies $\int_{A_{n}}f=(-1)^{n}/n$ and $f(x)=0$ for ...
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Volume of neighborhood of the curve

Let $\gamma:[0,1] \to \mathbb R^n$ be a smooth closed curve, such that $\gamma(0)=\gamma(1), \gamma'(0)=\gamma'(1), |\gamma'(a)|=1$ and let $B_r=\{x| \exists t, |\gamma(t)-x|<r\}$. How can i show ...
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Smooth structure on the topological space

Consider a topological space $X$. Lee in Introduction to Smooth Manifolds wrote that it is impossible to introduce a smooth structure on the topological manifold based only on topology (i.e. ...
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Is a continuous map between smoothable manifolds always smoothable?

Let $X$ and $Y$ be topological manifolds and $f:X\to Y$ a continuous map. Suppose $X$ and $Y$ admit a differentiable structure (at least one). My question: is it always possible to choose a ...
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metric on the Euclidean Group

I am not an expert in this so I hope this doesn't sound so stupid: what is the common metric used when studying the Euclidean Group $\mathrm{E}(3)$. One could probably ask the same thing for ...
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Typo or additional hypotheses needed in problem 5, p.71 of Bredon's Topology and Geometry?

The problen can be foun in p.71 of Topology and Geometry. I state it below for convenience. Problem: Consider the half open real line $X=[0,\infty)$. Define a functional structure $F_{1}$ by taking ...
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How do I prove that a subset of a manifold is not a submanifold?

I know of ways to prove that a given subset of a smooth manifold is a smooth submanifold, but what if I have some subset which I suspect is not a smooth submanifold? What are some approaches to ...
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$\mathbb{R}P^n$ is an n-manifold

Show that the real projective space $\mathbb{R}P^n$ is an n-manifold. We need to show that $\mathbb{R}P^n$ is second countable, locally Euclidean and Hausdorff. Second countability simply follows ...
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Topological Manifolds & Covers

This problem is from John Lee's "Introduction to Smooth Manifolds" 1-4. Let M be a topological manifold, and let U be an open cover of M . (a) Assuming that each set in U intersects only finitely ...
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What dimensions are possible for contours of smooth non-constant $\mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R$ functions?

While for $n=2$ it is pretty clear that the contours of a non-constant $f:\mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R$ are either extrema (and therefore points) or (the union of) 1-dimensional isolines, for $n=3$ I am ...
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Why isn't $\mathbb{RP}^2$ orientable?

How to prove that $\mathbb{RP}^2$ isn't orientable? My book (do Carmo "Riemannian Geometry") gives a hint: "Show that it has a open subset diffeomorphic to the Möbius band", but I don't know even who ...
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If $S\times\mathbb{R}$ is homeomorphic to $T\times\mathbb{R}$, and $S$ and $T$ are compact, can we conclude that $S$ and $T$ are homeomorphic?

If $S \times \mathbb{R}$ is homeomorphic to $T \times \mathbb{R}$ and $S$ and $T$ are compact, connected manifolds (according to an earlier question if one of them is compact the other one needs to be ...
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concrete examples of tangent bundles of smooth manifolds for standard spaces

I'm having trouble visualizing what the topology/atlas of a tangent bundle $TM$ looks like, for a smooth manifold $M$. I know that $$\dim(TM)=2\dim(M).$$ Do the tangent bundles of the following ...
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Sanity check about Wikipedia definition of differentiable manifold as a locally ringed space

Most textbooks introduce differentiable manifolds via atlases and charts. This has the advantage of being concrete, but the disadvantage that the local coordinates are usually completely irrelevant- ...
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Motivation behind the definition of a Manifold.

A manifold $M$ of dimension n is a topological space with the following properties: a) $M$ is Hausdorff b)$M$ is locally Euclidean of dimension n c) $M$ has a countable basis of open sets. Why is ...
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No hypersurface with odd Euler characteristic

Here is a classic problem which I encountered and could not solve: Prove that a simply connected closed smooth manifold has no closed sub-manifold of co-dimension $1$ with odd Euler ...
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Is every embedded submanifold globally a level set?

It's a well-known theorem (Corollary 8.10 in Lee Smooth) that given a smooth map of manifolds $\phi:M\rightarrow N$ and a regular value $p\in N$ of $\phi$, the level set $\phi^{-1}(p)\subset M$ is a ...
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Fiber products of manifolds

Let $\mathsf{Man}$ be the category of smooth manifolds. Denote by $|~|$ the forgetful functor to $\mathsf{Top}$. If $X \to S$ and $Y \to S$ are morphisms in $\mathsf{Man}$, then $X \times_S Y$ exists ...
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Infinite dimensional constant rank theorem

Suppose you have an analytic map $\phi : E \rightarrow \mathbb{C}^n$, where $E$ is a complex Banach space, and such that the rank of $D \phi$ is constant. Is it true then that the set ...