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Consider $\mathbb{R}^{2n}$ with coordenates $x^{1},\cdots,x^{2n}$ and the following differential form of grade two $$\omega^{2}=dx^{1}\wedge dx^{n+1}+dx^{2}\wedge dx^{n+2}+\cdots+dx^{n}\wedge dx^{2n}$$ Show that $\omega^{2}\wedge\cdots\wedge\omega^{2}$ n times, is equal to $(-1)^{\frac{n(n-1)}{2}}n!dx^{1}\wedge\cdots\wedge dx^{2n}$

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    $\begingroup$ A hint: you know that $\omega^2\wedge^{(n)} \omega^2$ is a differential form of grade $2n$; there's (fundamentally) only one such form. You just need to figure out what terms in your wedge product can produce a factor of $dx^1\wedge\cdots dx^{2n}$, what the appropriate sign is, and how many there are. $\endgroup$ – Steven Stadnicki Dec 1 '15 at 3:30
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Sketch: Write $y^i = dx^i \wedge dx^{n+i}$, where $i=1, 2, \cdots, n$. Note that $y^i \wedge y^j = y^j \wedge y^i$ and $y^i \wedge y^i = 0$. So symbolically, you are expanding $$(y^1 +\cdots + y^n)^n$$ and counting the number of terms corresponding to $y^1 \wedge y^2 \wedge \cdots \wedge y^n$. It is easy to see that (as everything commutes) $$(y^1 + y^2 + \cdots + y^n)^n = n!\ y^1\wedge y^2 \wedge \cdots \wedge y^n.$$ That extra sign come from reordering $y^1 \wedge y^2 \cdots \wedge y^n$ back to $dx^1 \wedge \cdots \wedge dx^{2n}$.

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  • $\begingroup$ Oh great, thanks! I have another question, how I can prove this form is closed?? $\endgroup$ – asdasd asd Dec 2 '15 at 4:34
  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean $\omega^2$? @asdasdasd $\endgroup$ – user99914 Dec 2 '15 at 4:35
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, I know that a k-fom is called closed, if $d\omega^{k}=0$, but I am confused $\endgroup$ – asdasd asd Dec 2 '15 at 4:37
  • $\begingroup$ Do you know how to calculate $d( dx^1 \wedge dx^{n+1})$? @asdasdasd $\endgroup$ – user99914 Dec 2 '15 at 5:56
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    $\begingroup$ And $d(dx^1) =0$ as $d^2 =0$. @asdasdasd $\endgroup$ – user99914 Dec 3 '15 at 5:54

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