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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 definition&...
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### Torsion theory for quasi-coherent sheaves?

In a category $\mathcal C$, we will say that $(\mathcal T,\mathcal F)$ is a torsion theory if it satisfies: (1) $Hom(T,F)=0$ for all $T\in \mathcal T$ and $F\in \mathcal F$. (2) If $Hom(T,F)=0$ for ...
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### Torsion in cohomology

Suppose to have a short exact sequence of chain complexes of $\mathbb{Z}$-modules: $$0\to A^\bullet\to B^\bullet\to C^\bullet\to 0$$ such that $A^k,B^k,C^k$ are non zero for $k=0,1,2$. Moreover, ...
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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-free tensor powers

Let $R$ be an integral domain. If $M$ is an $R$-module such that every tensor power of $M$ over $R$ is $R$-torsion-free, then is $M$ necessarily flat as an $R$-module? If not, then does this ...
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### Torsion and submanifolds [closed]

EDIT: Let me modify the question then: for what submanifolds $N$ does the torsion $T$ preserve tangent vectors to $N$? If $\nabla$ is a connection on a manifold $M$, then torsion is defined to be the ...
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### Torsion and Parallel Transport

There's a close relationship between curvature and the holonomy group; the holonomy theorem of Ambrose and Singer, for example. It seems to me that there should be an analogous result for torsion. I ...
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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, \Gamma^{\gamma}_{\alpha\...
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### Full $n$-torsion of elliptic curves and the cyclotomic field of order $n$

Hi, overflowers. I have a question concerning the torsion of elliptic curves over number fields. Let us consider an elliptic curve $E$ defined over ${\mathbb Q}$. From the Weil pairing one can ...
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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 ...