Exterior Analysis

1st Edition

Using Applications of Differential Forms

Print ISBN: 9780124159020
eBook ISBN: 9780124159280
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 29th August 2013
Page Count: 779
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Exterior analysis uses differential forms (a mathematical technique) to analyze curves, surfaces, and structures. Exterior Analysis is a first-of-its-kind resource that uses applications of differential forms, offering a mathematical approach to solve problems in defining a precise measurement to ensure structural integrity.

The book provides methods to study different types of equations and offers detailed explanations of fundamental theories and techniques to obtain concrete solutions to determine symmetry. It is a useful tool for structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as physicists and mathematicians.

Key Features

  • Provides a thorough explanation of how to apply differential equations to solve real-world engineering problems
  • Helps researchers in mathematics, science, and engineering develop skills needed to implement mathematical techniques in their research
  • Includes physical applications and methods used to solve practical problems to determine symmetry


Physical Scientists, Engineers, Applied Mathematicians

Table of Contents


Chapter I. Exterior Algebra

1.1 Scope of the Chapter

1.2 Linear Vector Spaces

1.3 Multilinear Functionals

1.4 Alternating k-Linear Functionals

1.5 Exterior Algebra

1.6 Rank of an Exterior Form

I Exercises

Chapter II. Differentiable Manifolds

2.1 Scope of the Chapter

2.2 Differentiable Manifolds

2.3 Differentiable Mappings

2.4 Submanifolds

2.5 Differentiable Curves

2.6 Vectors. Tangent Spaces

2.7 Differential of a Map Between Manifolds

2.8 Vector Fields. Tangent Bundle

2.9 Flows Over Manifolds

2.10 Lie Derivative

2.11 Distributions. The Frobenius Theorem

II Exercises

Chapter III. Lie Groups

3.1 Scope of the Chapter

3.2 Lie Groups

3.3 Lie Algebras

3.4 Lie Group Homomorphisms

3.5 One-Parameter Subgroups

3.6 Adjoint Representation

3.7 Lie Transformation Groups


Chapter IV. Tensor Fields on Manifolds

4.1 Scope of the Chapter

4.2 Cotangent Bundle

4.3 Tensor Fields

IV Exercises

Chapter V. Exterior Differential Forms

5.1 Scope of the Chapter

5.2 Exterior Differential Forms

5.3 Some Algebraic Properties

5.4 Interior Product

5.5 Bases Induced by the Volume Form

5.6 Ideals of the Exterior Algebra Λ(M)

5.7 Exterior Forms Under Mappings

5.8 Exterior Derivative

5.9 Riemannian Manifolds. Hodge Dual

5.10 Closed Ideals

5.11 Lie Derivatives of Exterior Forms

5.12 Isovector Fields of Ideals

5.13 Exterior Systems and Their Solutions

5.14 Forms Defined on a Lie Group

V Exercises

Chapter VI. Homotopy Operator

6.1 Scope of the Chapter

6.2 Star-Shaped Regions

6.3 Homotopy Operator

6.4 Exact and Antiexact For


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"The book is carefully written. It contains a rich material and covers an important part of differential geometry. Applications of the main abstract results can be found frequently. There are many examples and exercises…The book is useful for mathematicians, applied scientists and engineers."--Zentralblatt MATH, 1277.53001
"Suhubi introduces mathematicians, physicists, and engineers to the fundamental concepts and tools of exterior analysis, helps them gain competence in using these tools, and describes the advantages of the approach. He keeps the mathematics as simple as possible without sacrificing rigor. His topics include differential manifolds, tensor fields on manifolds, exterior differential forms, the integration of exterior forms, partial differential equations,…"--ProtoView.com, February 2014