Author Archives: KKK

Hopf fibration double covers circle bundle of sphere

Two days ago, I gave a seminar talk on Chern‘s proof of the generalized Gauss-Bonnet theorem. Here I record the answer to a question asked by one of my colleague during the talk. Although not directly related to the proof … Continue reading

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Euler’s formula e^ix = cos x + i sin x: a geometric approach

Today I mentioned the famous Euler’s formula briefly in my calculus class (when discussing hyperbolic functions, lecture notes here): where is a solution to (usually denoted by “”, but indeed there is no single-valued square root for complex numbers, or … Continue reading

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An inequality for functions on the plane

I accidentally came across a curious inequality for functions of two variables. I would like to know if this inequality is a special case of a more general result but I was unable to find a reference. It would also … Continue reading

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Weighted isoperimetric inequalities in warped product manifolds

1. Introduction The classical isoperimetric inequality on the plane states that for a simple closed curve on , we have , where is the length of the curve and is the area of the region enclosed by it. The equality … Continue reading

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Faber-Krahn inequality

I record a proof of the Faber-Krahn inequality here, mainly for my own benefit. Let be one of the standard space forms: the Euclidean space , the unit sphere , or the hyperbolic space . Suppose is a bounded domain … Continue reading

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Why is a² + b² ≥ 2ab ?

This post can be regarded as a sequel to my previous (and very ancient) post on 1+2+3+…. Though these two posts are not quite logically related, they share the same spirit (I’m asking a dumb question again). How can one … Continue reading

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A remark on the divergence theorem

The divergence theorem states that for a compact domain in with piecewise smooth boundary , then for a smooth vector field on , we have where is the unit outward normal and is the divergence of . In most textbooks, … Continue reading

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