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Given a diffeomorphism between two surfaces, is there an expression for the pullback of the covariant derivative of a vector field?

Let $A$ and $B$ be two surfaces (smooth enough) in an affine space $M$ with metric $g$. Let $g^A$, $g^B$ be the metric tensors on the two surfaces induced by $g$, and $\nabla^A$, $\nabla^B$ the ...
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The Definition of the Second Fundamental Form

Let $r:M\rightarrow{\mathbb{R}^{n+1}}$ be an isometric immersion and $M$ is an $n$-dimensional Riemannian Manifold. That is to say, $M$ is the hypersurface in $\mathbb{{R}^{n+1}}$. Then we can ...
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Trouble computing the shape operator.

Where have I gone wrong in the following computation of the shape operator of surface? Suppose we have a surface $M = \{(x,y,f(x,y)) \: | \: (x,y) \in \mathbb{R}^2 \}$ for some nice ...
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Radial geodesics in a graph of a function

I'm trying to figure out how to prove the following claim: Suppose that $S$ is the graph of a function $f:\mathbb{R}^2\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ and every plane containing the $z$-axis intersects $S$ ...
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Formula for curvature of two intersecting surfaces in terms of their normal curvature.

I have been privately reading DoCarmo recently, and have been attempting to do some of the problems. I am stuck on this one, it is problem 14 in section 3.2 for those interested. If someone could show ...
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Why does it appear that Willmore energy is always zero?

The answer is "because I'm being sloppy," but the problem is I don't know exactly where I'm being sloppy. Here's my sloppy argument: Let $M$ be a smooth compact surface without boundary in ...
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Christoffel symbols in Differential geometry iff proof

I need help in proving that $H = 0$ for a surface iff $g_{11}L_{22} - 2g_{12}L_{12} + g_{22}L_{11} = 0.$ I think that these are the Christoffel symbols exploited in some manner and normally, I'm not ...
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great circle distance

in the euclidean plane the distance from the origin to a point is $s^2 = x^2 + y^2 $ I am reading a paper which say that this could be called an algabraic metric for the plane. the paper then ...
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Hilbert theorem and constant negative curvature surfaces

Let us consider the tractroid (pseudosphere) obtained by rotation from the tractrix curve. The surface is not defined on the "big rim", so it is not a complete set. Hilbert's theorem states that there ...
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Geodesic of a curved surface

I'm trying to read Lambourne's Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology, but as this seems more of a maths question I've posted it here rather than in the physics forum. The author talks about affinely ...