A regularly parametrized surface

Let

γ : R2 → R3 be a unit speed curve of nonvanishing curvature and let its scalar curvature, torsion and Frenet frame be denoted κ, τ and [u, n, b], as usual. Consider the mapping M : R2 → R3, M(s, t) = γ(s) + tb(s).

1)Show that M is a regularly parametrized surface. (You may assume that M is one-to-one.)

You may assume the frenet formulae.

I got (u(s)-tτn(s)) x b(s) for the cross product of the partial derivatives (which I need to show is non-zero for all s,t), but how do I simplify further and is this correct?

Re: A regularly parametrized surface

b = u x n, so n x b = u, b x u = n,

( u - tτn) x b = uxb - tτ nxb = -n -tτ u

It's length is 1+(tτ)^2, never vanishes.

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Can you explain your first line please. That's surely not true in general is it?

Re: A regularly parametrized surface

The cross product a × b is defined as a vector c that is perpendicular to both a and b, with a direction given by the right-hand rule and a magnitude equal to the area of the parallelogram that the vectors span.

u, b, n are all unit vectors that are perpendicular to each other.

Re: A regularly parametrized surface