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Homework Help: Lie Derivative of one-form: an identity

  1. Mar 22, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I am trying to prove an identity for the Lie derivative of a smooth one-form. The identity is: for X, Y smooth vector fields, alpha a smooth one-form, we have:
    $$L_{[X, Y]}\alpha = [L_X, L_Y]\alpha$$ For anyone familiar with the book, this is exercise 5.26 in the first edition of Nakahara: Geometry, Topology, and Physics.

    2. Relevant equations
    I am given the identity: for X, Y smooth vector fields, alpha a smooth one-form,
    $$(L_X\alpha)(Y)=L_X(\alpha(Y))-\alpha([X, Y])$$ ([X, Y] is the Lie Bracket of the vector fields X and Y, and $$L_XY=[X, Y])$$

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I keep trying to expand the lie derivatives and cancel terms but I think I am missing a property of the lie derivative; maybe I'm messing up the Leibniz rule or something? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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  3. Mar 27, 2015 #2
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