Hello, I'm fairly new to graph theory (and math overflow) and I had a question that someone might be able to answer pretty easily on here (please don't assume I know a lot about graph theory just yet). I'm looking at trying to calculate the flux of a chain complex (specifically I'm looking at calculating the flux of a triangle within a graph...I think it's generally called a "3 form" right?) and I was wondering if anyone knew of a place online that had examples of this type of problem with solutions that I could look at? I've read the portion of the wikipedia page on Stokes' Theorem and calculating it with chains, but I'm not sure I fully understand it. Sometimes, a nice example goes a long way. I can calculate the flux when I'm just using 3-D coordinates (from Calculus III), but when the "coordinates" are switched to chains, then I become confused. It doesn't seem like it, but if I'm trying to do something with graph theory that can't be done (like trying to work with two concepts that just don't go together), then please tell me or possibly point me in the right direction. Any and all help/ comments is appreciated!
Ok, let me see if I can convey what I'm essentially trying to get from my question above. Stokes' Theorem provides a way to calculate the flux through a surface. What does it conceptually mean if it is applied to a chain? (could it be interpreted as the rate of "stuff" flowing through the chain?) When it gets down to it, I'm just asking for someone's interpretation of the what the flux means when talking in the context of chains.