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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to show $\omega^n$ is a volume form in a symplectic manifold $(M, \omega)$?

I have the following problem: Let $(M, \omega)$ be a symplectic manifold. How can I show $$\omega^n=\underbrace{\omega\wedge \ldots\wedge \omega}_{n-times},$$ satisfies $\omega^n(p)\neq 0$ for all ...
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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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Differential Geometry Video Lectures

I know there's a similar question here, however since what I found there wasn't what I was looking for I thought on creating a new question. I'm studying Differential Geometry through Spivak's book "A ...
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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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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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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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Questions about definition of Tangent Space

I have some questions about the definition of tangent space that arose after reading the book Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces of Manfredo do Carmo. First, what's the best way to define ...
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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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Leibniz rule and Derivations

In the moment I'm studying manifolds and in the definition of tangent space the notion of derivation was used in the material I'm reading. I asked here about the matter and it was told me that it's ...
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Use implicit function theorem to show $O(n)$ is a manifold

In class today our teacher mentioned that one can use the implicit function theorem to show that $O(n) \subseteq \mathbb{R}^{n^2}$ is a submanifold...that is, map $A \mapsto A^* A$, and set it equal ...
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Inducing orientations on boundary manifolds

Given a $k$-manifold $M$, such that $\partial M$ is a $(k-1)$-manifold, there is a standard way in which $\partial M$ inherits the orientation of $M$. So if $M$ is oriented by the form field $\omega$, ...
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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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Definition of “a topological manifold with corners”.

How can we define a topological manifold with corners and its corners? Then, do we use "invariance of domain" to define corners, as we really need this theorem in order to define "boundaries of 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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Compute the volume element in a differentiable manifold.

Let $A\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ open $g:A\to\mathbb{R}$ of class $C^{1}$ and $g'(x)\not=0$ in each $x\in A$ then I want to compute $dV$ in the differentiable manifold $ M = g^{-1}(0)$. The thing is that ...
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$\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 ...