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how to simplify differential form

asked 2017-02-01 14:01:09 -0500

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updated 2017-02-01 14:10:15 -0500

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I try the source code:







the output is: (r*cos(theta)^2 + r*sin(theta)^2)*dr/\dtheta

then I want to simplify_trig to the coefficients. Unfortunately a.simplify_trig() not working and all the map_coefficients and map_item are not defined.

Although in such case I can use: a[0,1]=a[0,1].simplify_trig() to do the job, for general case, maybe a 3 form depends on 6 variables, it is very cumbersome to apply simplify_trig to each coefficients.

One ugly method is: for i in a._components: a[i]=a[i].simplify_trig()

However it depends to real implementation not the interface. I want to ask whether there is an elegant way to do the same job, but just rely on the interface of class sage.tensor.differential_form_element.DifferentialForm

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answered 2017-02-01 15:05:09 -0500

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updated 2017-02-01 15:55:12 -0500

With Sage 7.5.1, you can use the exterior calculus on manifolds instead of DifferentialForm; the advantage is that the simplification is automatic (no need to invoke simplify_trig by hand): your example becomes:

sage: U = Manifold(2, 'U')
sage: X.<r, theta> = U.chart(r"r:(0,+oo) theta:(0,2*pi):\theta") 
sage: x = U.scalar_field(r*cos(theta))
sage: y = U.scalar_field(r*sin(theta))
sage: a = x.differential().wedge(y.differential())
sage: a
2-form on the 2-dimensional differentiable manifold U
sage: a.display()
r dr/\dtheta

See for more details.

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