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Alternate definition for the torsion tensor

I would be pleased to have some information about an alternate definition for the torsion tensor. Let us consider a smooth manifold $\mathcal{M}$ together with an arbitrary connection $\nabla$. The ...
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Torsion and Non-metricity Tensor on a Surface

In differential geometry of surfaces, how can one define a non-zero Torsion tensor? It seems that the connection you provide has always to be symmetric since, by definition, ...
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About the parallel transport and choice of connection

Thought Experiment Consider a 2-sphere, $S^2$, and let $p$ be a point at the equator. Case 1 Let us parallel transport a vector, $V$ from $p$ using the recipe: Move one unit of length East. Move ...
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Why is it important that partial derivatives commute?

I am asking this in the context of differential geometry (specifically Riemannian). When the Levi-Civita Connection is defined, we require that the torsion tensor is 0, which in local coordinates ...
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Interpretation of Curvature and Torsion

Dear all, When dealing with General Relativity one uses the Levi-Civita connection with is torsion-free. Thus the commutator of the covariant derivatives yields $[\nabla_\mu,\nabla_\nu]V^\rho = ...
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Rolling without slipping interpretation of torsion

This is, in a sense, a follow up to this question. Hehl and Obukhov try to give an intuitive description of torsion. I am confused about their description. I am looking at the following paragraph on ...
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What is torsion in differential geometry intuitively?

Hi, given a connection on the tangent space of a manifold, one can define its torsion: $$T(X,Y):=\triangledown_X Y - \triangledown_Y X - [X,Y]$$ What is the geometric picture behind this ...