visualizations of exterior forms
A 1-form is locally like a stack of papers; given a vector, it returns a number: how many sheets the arrow pierces.
A 2-form takes a pair of arrows and returns the ”area” of the parallelogram they define.
A 3-form takes a triple of arrows and returns the ”volume” of the parallelliped they span. This explains why in three dimensions there’s only a one-dimensional space of 3-forms, and why a global one-form tells you about orientation.
- 1 Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, “Gravitation”, Freeman, 1973.
Editorial note: Descriptions of these with pictures would be nice (especially for helping to visualize de Rham cohomology). Maybe they would be better off in an attached entry, though.
|Title||visualizations of exterior forms|
|Date of creation||2013-03-22 15:28:12|
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