# Total absolute scalar curvature

This article defines a notion of curvature for a differential manifold equipped with a Riemannian metric

This article defines a scalar value (viz, a real number) associated with a Riemannian manifold. This real number depends both on the underlying differential manifold and the Riemannian metric

## Definition

### Given data

A compact connected differential manifold $M$ with a Riemannian metric $g$.

### Definition part

The total absolute scalar curvature of $M$ is defined as the integral of the absolute value of the scalar curvature over the manifold. That is, if $R$ denotes the scalar curvature and $d\mu$ the volume element, we have the formula:

$\int |R| d\mu$

Here, the volume element $d\mu$ is the natural choice of volume-element arising from the Riemannian metric.