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Chain rule quesition: proving that the Weingarten map is self-adjoint

I'm reading through the proof in this paper (http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/scripties/JaibiBach.pdf) but I'm stuck at the line: "Using the chain rule we get: $L_p(\phi_v) = -Dn(\phi_v) = - \frac ...
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Level Sets and Derivative

Suppose that you are given two functions, $u$ and $v$ of two variables, with $u(0,0)=v(0,0)=0$. You know that for a large enough $n$, the $n$-th Differentials are different at the origin: if $n=1$, ...
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Supremum Definition in context of a Rectifiable/Differentiable Curve

I am trying to prove that if I have 2 paramterizations of the same curve $\gamma$ and $\sigma$ (i.e. there is continuous bijective map $\phi$ such that $\sigma = \gamma \circ \phi$) then if the curve ...
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Is $ds$ a differential form?

I am somewhat confused as to whether $ds$ (line element) is actually a differential form... we have (in $\mathbb{R}^2$): $$ds^2 = dx^2 + dy^2$$ Differential 1-forms are supposed to be linear ...
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Why is arc length not a differential form?

I read that the arc length is not a differential form. But I don't understand why it isn't. I understand that differential forms are integrands and arc length is an expression which is integrable. ...
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How to define intrinsic curvature?

I have been exploring differential geometry slightly... And i'm trying to grasp how to define intrinsic curvature, from a visual/geometric viewpoint... One formulation I got was that Intrinsic ...
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The intuition behind the definition of geodesics on a Riemannian manifold. (A non-technical question)

In the text I'm studying, the idea behind the definition of a geodesic on a Riemannian manifold was sketched via paths in $\mathbb{R}^n$. I have trouble understanding some aspects of it. Let $\gamma: ...
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Explain the Stokes -theorem from differential from into Integral form

I want to understand the Stokes -theorems deeper. I am trying to understand the operation from $$\nabla \times \mathbf{E} = -\frac{\partial \mathbf{B}} {\partial t}$$ to ...
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Differential operators on the sphere

The sphere $\mathbb{S}^2$ is a Riemannian submanifold of the Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^3$ and as such comes equipped with an array of differential operators, particularly gradient, divergence and ...
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Proving that inversions are isometries with respect to the hyperbolic metric.

I'd like to prove that the standard inversion $$(r,\theta)\mapsto\left(\frac{1}{r},\theta\right)$$ is an isometry with respect to the hyperbolic metric on the upper half-plane, and it would be nice to ...
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Questions about Hyperbolic Isometries: The Standard Inversion

I have two questions regarding the inversion across the unit circle in the hyperbolic plane. Recall that the hyperbolic plane is a metric space consisting of the open half-plane $$\mathbb{H}^2 = ...
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The integral of the mean curvature vector over a closed immersed surface

Suppose we have a closed, orientable, smooth surface $\Sigma$ immersed smoothly in $\mathbb R^n$ via $f:\Sigma \rightarrow \mathbb R^n$. Impose a Riemannian structure on $\Sigma$ by taking $g_{ij} = ...