Differential form

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In the mathematical fields of differential geometry and tensor calculus, differential forms are an approach to multivariable calculus that is independent of coordinates.wikipedia
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Exterior derivative

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on differential forms known as the exterior derivative that, when given a The most important operations are the exterior product of two differential forms, the exterior derivative of a single differential form, the interior product of a differential form and a vector field, the Lie derivative of a differential form with respect to a vector field and the covariant derivative of a differential form with respect to a vector field on a manifold with a defined connection.
On a differentiable manifold, the exterior derivative extends the concept of the differential of a function to differential forms of higher degree.

Differential of a function

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This operation extends the differential of a function, and is directly related to the divergence and the curl of a vector field in a manner that makes the fundamental theorem of calculus, the divergence theorem, Green's theorem, and Stokes' theorem special cases of the same general result, known in this context also as the generalized Stokes' theorem.
The domain of these variables may take on a particular geometrical significance if the differential is regarded as a particular differential form, or analytical significance if the differential is regarded as a linear approximation to the increment of a function.

Stokes' theorem

Stokes theoremStokes's theoremKelvin–Stokes theorem
This operation extends the differential of a function, and is directly related to the divergence and the curl of a vector field in a manner that makes the fundamental theorem of calculus, the divergence theorem, Green's theorem, and Stokes' theorem special cases of the same general result, known in this context also as the generalized Stokes' theorem.
In vector calculus, and more generally differential geometry, Stokes' theorem (sometimes spelled Stokes's theorem, and also called the generalized Stokes theorem or the Stokes–Cartan theorem ) is a statement about the integration of differential forms on manifolds, which both simplifies and generalizes several theorems from vector calculus.

Differential geometry

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In the mathematical fields of differential geometry and tensor calculus, differential forms are an approach to multivariable calculus that is independent of coordinates.
An almost symplectic manifold is a differentiable manifold equipped with a smoothly varying non-degenerate skew-symmetric bilinear form on each tangent space, i.e., a nondegenerate 2-form ω, called the symplectic form.

Integral

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Differential forms provide a unified approach to define integrands over curves, surfaces, solids, and higher-dimensional manifolds.
Some common interpretations of dx include: an integrator function in Riemann-Stieltjes integration (indicated by dα(x) in general), a measure in Lebesgue theory (indicated by dμ in general), or a differential form in exterior calculus (indicated by in general).

Multivariable calculus

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In the mathematical fields of differential geometry and tensor calculus, differential forms are an approach to multivariable calculus that is independent of coordinates.
In a more advanced study of multivariable calculus, it is seen that these four theorems are specific incarnations of a more general theorem, the generalized Stokes' theorem, which applies to the integration of differential forms over manifolds.

Integration by substitution

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As an example, the change of variables formula for integration becomes a simple statement that an integral is preserved under pullback.
(This equation may be put on a rigorous foundation by interpreting it as a statement about differential forms.) One may view the method of integration by substitution as a partial justification of Leibniz's notation for integrals and derivatives.

Interior product

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-forms is extended to arbitrary differential forms by the interior product. The most important operations are the exterior product of two differential forms, the exterior derivative of a single differential form, the interior product of a differential form and a vector field, the Lie derivative of a differential form with respect to a vector field and the covariant derivative of a differential form with respect to a vector field on a manifold with a defined connection.
In mathematics, the interior product ( interior derivative, interior multiplication, inner multiplication, inner derivative, insertion operator, or inner derivation) is a degree −1 (anti)derivation on the exterior algebra of differential forms on a smooth manifold.

Orientability

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-form that has a surface integral over an oriented surface
Formulations applicable to general topological manifolds often employ methods of homology theory, whereas for differentiable manifolds more structure is present, allowing a formulation in terms of differential forms.

Cross product

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). This is similar to the cross product from vector calculus, in that it is an alternating product.
The product can be generalized in various ways; it can be made independent of orientation by changing the result to pseudovector, or in arbitrary dimensions the exterior product of vectors can be used with a bivector or two-form result.

Volume element

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represents a volume element that can be integrated over an oriented region of space.
On an orientable differentiable manifold, a volume element typically arises from a volume form: a top degree differential form.

Surface integral

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-form that has a surface integral over an oriented surface
:be a differential 2-form defined on the surface S, and let

Exterior algebra

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denotes the exterior product, sometimes called the wedge product, of two differential forms. The most important operations are the exterior product of two differential forms, the exterior derivative of a single differential form, the interior product of a differential form and a vector field, the Lie derivative of a differential form with respect to a vector field and the covariant derivative of a differential form with respect to a vector field on a manifold with a defined connection. Some aspects of the exterior algebra of differential forms appears in Hermann Grassmann's 1844 work, Die Lineale Ausdehnungslehre, ein neuer Zweig der Mathematik (The Theory of Linear Extension, a New Branch of Mathematics).
It is one of these more general constructions where the exterior algebra finds one of its most important applications, where it appears as the algebra of differential forms that is fundamental in areas that use differential geometry.

It is worth noting that in, after equating vectors with their dual covectors, the exterior derivative corresponds to gradient, curl, and divergence, although this correspondence, like the cross product, does not generalize to higher dimensions, and should be treated with some caution.
If the coordinates are orthogonal we can easily express the gradient (and the differential) in terms of the normalized bases, which we refer to as and, using the scale factors (also known as Lamé coefficients) :

Lie derivative

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The most important operations are the exterior product of two differential forms, the exterior derivative of a single differential form, the interior product of a differential form and a vector field, the Lie derivative of a differential form with respect to a vector field and the covariant derivative of a differential form with respect to a vector field on a manifold with a defined connection.
The Lie derivative commutes with contraction and the exterior derivative on differential forms.

Pullback (differential geometry)

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The algebra of differential forms along with the exterior derivative defined on it is preserved by the pullback under smooth functions between two manifolds.
Now suppose that α is a section of T * N (a 1-form on N), and precompose α with φ to obtain a pullback section of φ * T * N.

Élie Cartan

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The modern notion of differential forms was pioneered by Élie Cartan.

Hermann Grassmann

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Some aspects of the exterior algebra of differential forms appears in Hermann Grassmann's 1844 work, Die Lineale Ausdehnungslehre, ein neuer Zweig der Mathematik (The Theory of Linear Extension, a New Branch of Mathematics).
With the rise of differential geometry the exterior algebra was applied to differential forms.

Green's theorem

Cauchy–GreenGreen–Stokes formula
This operation extends the differential of a function, and is directly related to the divergence and the curl of a vector field in a manner that makes the fundamental theorem of calculus, the divergence theorem, Green's theorem, and Stokes' theorem special cases of the same general result, known in this context also as the generalized Stokes' theorem.
Green's theorem is also a straightforward result of the general Stokes' theorem using differential forms and exterior derivatives:

Antisymmetric tensor

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as a totally antisymmetric covariant tensor field of rank
A completely antisymmetric covariant tensor of order p may be referred to as a p-form, and a completely antisymmetric contravariant tensor may be referred to as a p-vector.

Manifold

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Differential forms provide a unified approach to define integrands over curves, surfaces, solids, and higher-dimensional manifolds.

Fundamental theorem of calculus

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This operation extends the differential of a function, and is directly related to the divergence and the curl of a vector field in a manner that makes the fundamental theorem of calculus, the divergence theorem, Green's theorem, and Stokes' theorem special cases of the same general result, known in this context also as the generalized Stokes' theorem.
One of the most powerful generalizations in this direction is Stokes' theorem (sometimes known as the fundamental theorem of multivariable calculus): Let M be an oriented piecewise smooth manifold of dimension n and let \omega be a smooth compactly supported (n–1)-form on M.

De Rham cohomology

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In a deeper way, this theorem relates the topology of the domain of integration to the structure of the differential forms themselves; the precise connection is known as de Rham's theorem.
It is a cohomology theory based on the existence of differential forms with prescribed properties.