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Homework Help: A problem in Elementary Differential Geometry

  1. Sep 7, 2012 #1

    My teacher has defined [itex]U_1 = \langle1, 0, 0\rangle[/itex], [itex]U_2 = \langle0, 1, 0\rangle[/itex], and [itex]U_3 = \langle0, 0, 1\rangle[/itex].

    So it seems like the function maps [itex]L(\langle1, 0, 0\rangle, \langle0, 1, 0\rangle) = a, L(\langle1, 0, 0\rangle, \langle0, 0, 1\rangle) = b,[/itex], and [itex]L(\langle0, 1, 0\rangle, \langle0, 0, 1\rangle) = c[/itex]

    I'm not sure how that helps me determine what [itex]L(\langle v_1, v_2, v_3\rangle, \langle w_1, w_2, w_3\rangle)[/itex] is.

    Could the function perhaps be [itex]L(u, v) = L(\langle v_1, v_2, v_3\rangle, \langle w_1, w_2, w_3\rangle) = a\cdot{}v_1 + b\cdot{}w_3 + c\cdot{}v_2[/itex]

    That seems to satisfy our initial conditions.

    My textbook doesn't cover this and my teacher hasn't shown an example of how these functions work, so I'm unsure what to do.
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  3. Sep 7, 2012 #2


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    I would start with the definition of "skew-symmetric multilinear function".

    The next thing to do would be to note that v = <v1, v2, v3> = v1U1 + v2U2 + v3U3. You can write w in a similar fashion, as a linear combination of U1, U2, and U3.

    That's a start...
  4. Sep 7, 2012 #3


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    Write v=v1*U1+v2*U2+v3+U3 and similar for w. Use linearity to factor out the vi's and wi's and skew-symmetry to change, for example, <U2,U1> to -<U1,U2>.
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