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Manifold Problems

  1. Nov 14, 2005 #1
    We have a subset X, which is contained in R^4 (i.e., it is contained in the reals in 4 dimensions).
    (a) We must prove that the following two equations represent a manifold in the neighborhood of the point a = (1,0,1,0):
    (x_1)^2+(x_2)^2-(x_3)^2-(x_4)^2=0 and x_1+2x_2+3x_3+4x_4=4.
    (b) Also we must find a tangent space to X at a.
    (c) We must find a pair of variables that the equations above do not express as functions of the other two.
    (d) We must determine whether the enter set X is a manifold and prove the conclusion.

    How do you do this problem?
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 14, 2005 #2
    Use the definition of a manifold (or a theorem thereof). For example, a theorem dealing with level sets.
  4. Nov 14, 2005 #3
    Can you elaborate, especially on level sets?
  5. Nov 14, 2005 #4
    If g:Rn -> Rm, you may have a theorem that states the conditions necessary for g-1(0) to be an (n-m)-dim. manifold. Such a set is called a level set of g.
    For example, if g:R3 -> R is the function g(x) = ||x|| - 1, then g-1(0) is the 2-sphere.
    The conditions in my book are that the domain of g be open, and that g be differentiable with rank m wherever g(x)=0.
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