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  1. #1 Question on notation in "differential forms and connections" 
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    Can you please take a look at something for me? I'm having trouble understanding the notation in the book Differential Forms and Connections by R.W.R. Darling that a friend lent me. Here is what I don't understand so far; from page 2 section 1.1.2
    The description of for any 2 <= p <= n follows the same lines; is the set of formal sums


    of “generators” , where each coefficient is indexed by a multi-index ); elements of are called “p-vectors,” and are subject to the rules ....
    For those of you not familiar with the subject is the wedge product (or exterior product) of the vectors u and v where u and v are vectors in the n-dimensional vector space V. I don’t understand what the functions are, mean or represent. What are they?

    Note: The L's are supposed to be 's but for some reason I can't get the Latex to accept greek subscripts. Does anyone know why this is happening? I.e. what am I doing wrong?

    Also I thought that a 3-vector was a regular Cartesian vector, i.e. R = (x, y, z) in R3 and 4-vectors were regular vectors/events X = (ct, x, y, x) in Minkowski spacetime M4. But this definition defines it differently. Is that the case?

    Than you.
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    The L(k) aren't functions, they are multi-indices. The a represent a set of coefficients ( probably real numbers ), whereas the u would be generator functions - you'd need p of those for an exterior power of degree p.
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