In mathematics, a differentiable manifold (also differential manifold) is a type of manifold that is locally similar enough to a

^{k}'' functions, smooth functions, and analytic functions.

^{''n''}. Then the directional derivative of ''f'' at ''p'' along γ is
$$\backslash left.\backslash fracf(\backslash gamma(t))\backslash \_.$$
If ''γ''_{1} and ''γ''_{2} are two curves such that , and in any coordinate chart $\backslash phi$,
$$\backslash left.\backslash frac\backslash phi\backslash circ\backslash gamma\_1(t)\backslash \_=\backslash left.\backslash frac\backslash phi\backslash circ\backslash gamma\_2(t)\backslash \_$$
then, by the chain rule, ''f'' has the same directional derivative at ''p'' along ''γ''_{1} as along ''γ''_{2}. This means that the directional derivative depends only on the

_{''p''}''M''.
If ''X'' is a tangent vector at ''p'' and ''f'' a differentiable function defined near ''p'', then differentiating ''f'' along any curve in the equivalence class defining ''X'' gives a well-defined directional derivative along ''X'':
$$Xf(p)\; :=\; \backslash left.\backslash fracf(\backslash gamma(t))\backslash \_.$$
Once again, the chain rule establishes that this is independent of the freedom in selecting γ from the equivalence class, since any curve with the same first order contact will yield the same directional derivative.
If the function ''f'' is fixed, then the mapping
$$X\backslash mapsto\; Xf(p)$$
is a

^{k}'', where . Let be an open covering of ''M''. Then a partition of unity subordinate to the cover is a collection of real-valued ''C^{k}'' functions ''φ''_{''i''} on ''M'' satisfying the following conditions:
* The supports of the ''φ''_{''i''} are _{''i''} is completely contained in ''U''_{''α''} for some ''α'';
* The ''φ''_{''i''} sum to one at each point of ''M'': $$\backslash sum\_i\; \backslash phi\_i(x)\; =\; 1.$$
(Note that this last condition is actually a finite sum at each point because of the local finiteness of the supports of the ''φ''_{''i''}.)
Every open covering of a ''C^{k}'' manifold ''M'' has a ''C^{k}'' partition of unity. This allows for certain constructions from the topology of ''C^{k}'' functions on R^{''n''} to be carried over to the category of differentiable manifolds. In particular, it is possible to discuss integration by choosing a partition of unity subordinate to a particular coordinate atlas, and carrying out the integration in each chart of R^{''n''}. Partitions of unity therefore allow for certain other kinds of ^{''p''} spaces, Sobolev spaces, and other kinds of spaces that require integration.

_{k}'' local to the point, the coordinate derivatives $\backslash partial\_k=\backslash frac$ define a holonomic basis of the tangent space. The collection of tangent spaces at all points can in turn be made into a manifold, the _{''α''} denotes one of the charts in the atlas for ''M''. Each of these new charts is the tangent bundle for the charts ''U''_{''α''}. The transition maps on this atlas are defined from the transition maps on the original manifold, and retain the original differentiability class.

_{p}'', which sends a tangent vector ''X_{p}'' to the derivative of ''f'' associated with ''X_{p}''. However, not every covector field can be expressed this way. Those that can are referred to as ^{k},'' the differentials ''dx'' form a basis of the cotangent space at ''p''.

^{''n''} to this tangent space. A moving tangent frame is an ordered list of vector fields that give a basis at every point of their domain. One may also regard a moving frame as a section of the frame bundle F(''M''), a

^{''n''} to ''M''. The collection of all ''k''-th order frames, ''F^{k}''(''M''), is a principal ''G^{k}'' bundle over ''M'', where ''G^{k}'' is the group of ''k''-jets; i.e., the group made up of ''k''-jets of diffeomorphisms of R^{''n''} that fix the origin. Note that is naturally isomorphic to ''G''^{1}, and a subgroup of every ''G^{k}'', . In particular, a section of ''F''^{2}(''M'') gives the frame components of a connection on ''M''. Thus, the quotient bundle is the bundle of ''symmetric'' linear connections over ''M''.

^{''m''−''n''} near ''p''. In formal terms, there exist coordinates in a neighborhood of ''f''(''p'') in ''N'', and functions ''x''_{1}, ..., ''x''_{''m''−''n''} defined in a neighborhood of ''p'' in ''M'' such that $$(y\_1\backslash circ\; f,\backslash dotsc,y\_n\backslash circ\; f,\; x\_1,\; \backslash dotsc,\; x\_)$$ is a system of local coordinates of ''M'' in a neighborhood of ''p''. Submersions form the foundation of the theory of

_{8} manifold.
* Some topological manifolds admit many smooth structures which are not equivalent in the sense given above. This was originally discovered by John Milnor in the form of the exotic 7-spheres.

^{4} demonstrate.
However, the situation becomes more tractable for simply connected smooth manifolds of dimension ≥ 5, where the

^{∞} manifold $G$ together with a group structure on $G$ such that the product and inversion maps $m:G\backslash times\; G\; \backslash to\; G$ and $i:G\backslash to\; G$ are smooth as maps of manifolds. These objects often arise naturally in describing (continuous) symmetries, and they form an important source of examples of smooth manifolds.
Many otherwise familiar examples of smooth manifolds, however, cannot be given a Lie group structure, since given a Lie group $G$ and any $g\backslash in\; G$, one could consider the map $m(g,\backslash cdot):G\backslash to\; G$ which sends the identity element $e$ to $g$ and hence, by considering the differential $T\_eG\backslash to\; T\_gG,$ gives a natural identification between any two tangent spaces of a Lie group. In particular, by considering an arbitrary nonzero vector in $T\_eG,$ one can use these identifications to give a smooth non-vanishing vector field on $G.$ This shows, for instance, that no even-dimensional sphere can support a Lie group structure. The same argument shows, more generally, that every Lie group must be

_{''U''} is also in Γ.
# If ''f'' is a homeomorphism from a union of open subsets of ''S'', $\backslash cup\_i\; \backslash ,\; U\_i$, to an open subset of ''S'', then provided $f,\; \_\; \backslash in\; \backslash Gamma$ for every ''i''.
# For every open , the identity transformation of ''U'' is in Γ.
# If , then .
# The composition of two elements of Γ is in Γ.
These last three conditions are analogous to the definition of a group. Note that Γ need not be a group, however, since the functions are not globally defined on ''S''. For example, the collection of all local ''C^{k}'' ^{''n''} form a pseudogroup. All biholomorphisms between open sets in C^{''n''} form a pseudogroup. More examples include: orientation preserving maps of R^{''n''}, _{i}'', ''φ''_{''i''}) of homeomorphisms ''φ''_{''i''} from to open subsets of a topological space ''S'' is said to be ''compatible'' with a pseudogroup Γ provided that the transition functions are all in Γ.
A differentiable manifold is then an atlas compatible with the pseudogroup of ''C''^{''k''} functions on R^{''n''}. A complex manifold is an atlas compatible with the biholomorphic functions on open sets in C^{''n''}. And so forth. Thus, pseudogroups provide a single framework in which to describe many structures on manifolds of importance to differential geometry and topology.

^{k}''-structure. Here ''k'' = 1, 2, ..., ∞, or ω for real analytic manifolds. Instead of considering coordinate charts, it is possible to start with functions defined on the manifold itself. The structure sheaf of ''M'', denoted C^{''k''}, is a sort of ^{''k''}(''U'') of continuous functions . A structure sheaf C^{''k''} is said to give ''M'' the structure of a ''C''^{''k''} manifold of dimension ''n'' provided that, for any , there exists a neighborhood ''U'' of ''p'' and ''n'' functions such that the map is a homeomorphism onto an open set in R^{''n''}, and such that C^{''k''}, _{''U''} is the pullback of the sheaf of ''k''-times continuously differentiable functions on R^{''n''}.
In particular, this latter condition means that any function ''h'' in C^{''k''}(''V''), for ''V'', can be written uniquely as , where ''H'' is a ''k''-times differentiable function on ''f''(''V'') (an open set in R^{''n''}). Thus, the sheaf-theoretic viewpoint is that the functions on a differentiable manifold can be expressed in local coordinates as differentiable functions on R^{''n''}, and ''a fortiori'' this is sufficient to characterize the differential structure on the manifold.

^{''n''}. If ''U'' is an open set in R^{''n''}, let
:O(''U'') = ''C''^{''k''}(''U'', R)
consist of all real-valued ''k''-times continuously differentiable functions on ''U''. As ''U'' varies, this determines a sheaf of rings on R^{n}. The stalk O_{''p''} for consists of germs of functions near ''p'', and is an algebra over R. In particular, this is a ^{k}'') consists of a pair where ''M'' is a second countable _{''M''} is a sheaf of local R-algebras defined on ''M'', such that the locally ringed space is locally isomorphic to . In this way, differentiable manifolds can be thought of as schemes modeled on R^{''n''}. This means that Hartshorne (1997) for each point , there is a neighborhood ''U'' of ''p'', and a pair of functions , where
# ''f'' : ''U'' → ''f''(''U'') ⊂ R^{''n''} is a homeomorphism onto an open set in R^{''n''}.
# ''f''^{#}: O, _{''f''(''U'')} → ''f''_{∗} (O_{''M''}, _{''U''}) is an isomorphism of sheaves.
# The localization of ''f''^{#} is an isomorphism of local rings
:: ''f''^{#}_{''f''(''p'')} : O_{''f''(''p'')} → O_{''M'',''p''}.
There are a number of important motivations for studying differentiable manifolds within this abstract framework. First, there is no ''a priori'' reason that the model space needs to be R^{n}. For example, (in particular in ^{''n''} equipped with the sheaf of _{''M''} is not manifestly a sheaf of functions at all. Rather, it emerges as a sheaf of functions as a ''consequence'' of the construction (via the quotients of local rings by their maximal ideals). Hence, it is a more primitive definition of the structure (see _{p}''/''I_{p}''^{2}, where ''I_{p}'' is the maximal ideal of the stalk O_{''M'',''p''}.
* In general, the entire _{''p''}-adic filtration on O_{''M'',''p''}.
* The _{''M''} into the ring of dual numbers.

^{k}'' manifold ''M'', the ^{k}'' functions on the manifold forms an ^{k}''(''M'') (namely the kernel of ''φ''), which is necessarily a maximal ideal. On the converse, every maximal ideal in this algebra is an ideal of functions vanishing at a single point, which demonstrates that MSpec (the Max Spec) of ''C^{k}''(''M'') recovers ''M'' as a point set, though in fact it recovers ''M'' as a topological space.
One can define various geometric structures algebraically in terms of the algebra of scalars, and these definitions often generalize to algebraic geometry (interpreting rings geometrically) and operator theory (interpreting Banach spaces geometrically). For example, the tangent bundle to ''M'' can be defined as the derivations of the algebra of smooth functions on ''M''.
This "algebraization" of a manifold (replacing a geometric object with an algebra) leads to the notion of a

vector space
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to allow one to apply calculus
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. Any manifold can be described by a collection of charts ( atlas). One may then apply ideas from calculus while working within the individual charts, since each chart lies within a vector space to which the usual rules of calculus apply. If the charts are suitably compatible (namely, the transition from one chart to another is differentiable
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), then computations done in one chart are valid in any other differentiable chart.
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with a globally defined differential structure In mathematics, an ''n''- dimensional differential structure (or differentiable structure) on a set ''M'' makes ''M'' into an ''n''-dimensional differential manifold, which is a topological manifold with some additional structure that allows for di ...

. Any topological manifold can be given a differential structure locally by using the homeomorphism
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s in its atlas and the standard differential structure on a vector space. To induce a global differential structure on the local coordinate systems induced by the homeomorphisms, their compositions on chart intersections in the atlas must be differentiable functions on the corresponding vector space. In other words, where the domains of charts overlap, the coordinates defined by each chart are required to be differentiable with respect to the coordinates defined by every chart in the atlas. The maps that relate the coordinates defined by the various charts to one another are called ''transition maps.''
The ability to define such a local differential structure on an abstract space allows one to extend the definition of differentiability to spaces without global coordinate systems. A locally differential structure allows one to define the globally differentiable tangent space
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, differentiable functions, and differentiable tensor
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and vector fields.
Differentiable manifolds are very important in physics
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. Special kinds of differentiable manifolds form the basis for physical theories such as classical mechanics
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, general relativity
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, and Yang–Mills theory. It is possible to develop a calculus for differentiable manifolds. This leads to such mathematical machinery as the exterior calculus. The study of calculus on differentiable manifolds is known as differential geometry.
"Differentiability" of a manifold has been given several meanings, including: continuously differentiable
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, ''k''-times differentiable, smooth (which itself has many meanings), and analytic.
History

The emergence of differential geometry as a distinct discipline is generally credited to Carl Friedrich Gauss and Bernhard Riemann. Riemann first described manifolds in his famoushabilitation
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lecture before the faculty at Göttingen
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. He motivated the idea of a manifold by an intuitive process of varying a given object in a new direction, and presciently described the role of coordinate systems and charts in subsequent formal developments:
: ''Having constructed the notion of a manifoldness of n dimensions, and found that its true character consists in the property that the determination of position in it may be reduced to n determinations of magnitude, ...'' – B. Riemann
The works of physicists such as James Clerk Maxwell
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, and mathematicians Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro and Tullio Levi-Civita
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led to the development of tensor analysis and the notion of covariance
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, which identifies an intrinsic geometric property as one that is invariant with respect to coordinate transformations. These ideas found a key application in Albert Einstein
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's theory of general relativity
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and its underlying equivalence principle
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. A modern definition of a 2-dimensional manifold was given by Hermann Weyl in his 1913 book on Riemann surfaces. The widely accepted general definition of a manifold in terms of an atlas is due to Hassler Whitney.
Definition

Atlases

Let be a topological space. A chart on consists of an open subset of , and ahomeomorphism
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from to an open subset of some Euclidean space
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. Somewhat informally, one may refer to a chart , meaning that the image of is an open subset of , and that is a homeomorphism onto its image; in the usage of some authors, this may instead mean that is itself a homeomorphism.
The presence of a chart suggests the possibility of doing differential calculus
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on ; for instance, if given a function and a chart on , one could consider the composition , which is a real-valued function whose domain is an open subset of a Euclidean space; as such, if it happens to be differentiable, one could consider its partial derivative
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s.
This situation is not fully satisfactory for the following reason. Consider a second chart on , and suppose that and contain some points in common. The two corresponding functions and are linked in the sense that they can be reparametrized into one another:
$$u\backslash circ\backslash varphi^=\backslash big(u\backslash circ\backslash psi^\backslash big)\backslash circ\backslash big(\backslash psi\backslash circ\backslash varphi^\backslash big),$$
the natural domain of the right-hand side being . Since and are homeomorphisms, it follows that is a homeomorphism from to . Consequently, even if both functions and are differentiable, their differential properties will not necessarily be strongly linked to one another, as is not necessarily sufficiently differentiable for the chain rule
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to be applicable. The same problem is found if one considers instead functions ; one is led to the reparametrization formula
$$\backslash varphi\backslash circ\; c=\backslash big(\backslash varphi\backslash circ\backslash psi^\backslash big)\backslash circ\backslash big(\backslash psi\backslash circ\; c\backslash big),$$
at which point one can make the same observation as before.
This is resolved by the introduction of a "differentiable atlas" of charts, which specifies a collection of charts on for which the transition maps are all differentiable. This makes the situation quite clean: if is differentiable, then due to the reparametrization formula, the map is also differentiable on the region . Moreover, the derivatives of these two maps are linked to one another by the chain rule. Relative to the given atlas, this facilitates a notion of differentiable mappings whose domain or range is , as well as a notion of the derivative of such maps.
Formally, the word "differentiable" is somewhat ambiguous, as it is taken to mean different things by different authors; sometimes it means the existence of first derivatives, sometimes the existence of continuous first derivatives, and sometimes the existence of infinitely many derivatives. The following gives a formal definition of various (nonambiguous) meanings of "differentiable atlas". Generally, "differentiable" will be used as a catch-all term including all of these possibilities, provided .
Since every real-analytic map is smooth, and every smooth map is for any , one can see that any analytic atlas can also be viewed as a smooth atlas, and every smooth atlas can be viewed as a atlas. This chain can be extended to include holomorphic atlases, with the understanding that any holomorphic map between open subsets of can be viewed as a real-analytic map between open subsets of .
Given a differentiable atlas on a topological space, one says that a chart is differentiably compatible with the atlas, or differentiable relative to the given atlas, if the inclusion of the chart into the collection of charts comprising the given differentiable atlas results in a differentiable atlas. A differentiable atlas determines a maximal differentiable atlas, consisting of all charts which are differentiably compatible with the given atlas. A maximal atlas is always very large. For instance, given any chart in a maximal atlas, its restriction to an arbitrary open subset of its domain will also be contained in the maximal atlas. A maximal smooth atlas is also known as a smooth structure; a maximal holomorphic atlas is also known as a complex structure.
An alternative but equivalent definition, avoiding the direct use of maximal atlases, is to consider equivalence classes of differentiable atlases, in which two differentiable atlases are considered equivalent if every chart of one atlas is differentiably compatible with the other atlas. Informally, what this means is that in dealing with a smooth manifold, one can work with a single differentiable atlas, consisting of only a few charts, with the implicit understanding that many other charts and differentiable atlases are equally legitimate.
According to the invariance of domain, each connected component of a topological space which has a differentiable atlas has a well-defined dimension . This causes a small ambiguity in the case of a holomorphic atlas, since the corresponding dimension will be one-half of the value of its dimension when considered as an analytic, smooth, or atlas. For this reason, one refers separately to the "real" and "complex" dimension of a topological space with a holomorphic atlas.
Manifolds

A differentiable manifold is a Hausdorff and second countable topological space , together with a maximal differentiable atlas on . Much of the basic theory can be developed without the need for the Hausdorff and second countability conditions, although they are vital for much of the advanced theory. They are essentially equivalent to the general existence ofbump function
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s and partitions of unity
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* there is a neighbourhood of where all but a finite number of the functions of are 0 ...

, both of which are used ubiquitously.
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. However, there is a notable distinction to be made. Given a topological space, it is meaningful to ask whether or not it is a topological manifold. By contrast, it is not meaningful to ask whether or not a given topological space is (for instance) a smooth manifold, since the notion of a smooth manifold requires the specification of a smooth atlas, which is an additional structure. It could, however, be meaningful to say that a certain topological space cannot be given the structure of a smooth manifold. It is possible to reformulate the definitions so that this sort of imbalance is not present; one can start with a set (rather than a topological space ), using the natural analogue of a smooth atlas in this setting to define the structure of a topological space on .
Patching together Euclidean pieces to form a manifold

One can reverse-engineer the above definitions to obtain one perspective on the construction of manifolds. The idea is to start with the images of the charts and the transition maps, and to construct the manifold purely from this data. As in the above discussion, we use the "smooth" context but everything works just as well in other settings. Given an indexing set $A,$ let $V\_\backslash alpha$ be a collection of open subsets of $\backslash mathbb^n$ and for each $\backslash alpha,\backslash beta\; \backslash in\; A$ let $V\_$ be an open (possibly empty) subset of $V\_\backslash beta$ and let $\backslash phi\_:V\_\; \backslash to\; V\_$ be a smooth map. Suppose that $\backslash phi\_$ is the identity map, that $\backslash phi\_\; \backslash circ\; \backslash phi\_$ is the identity map, and that $\backslash phi\_\; \backslash circ\; \backslash phi\_\; \backslash circ\; \backslash phi\_$ is the identity map. Then define an equivalence relation on the disjoint union $\backslash bigsqcup\_\; V\_\backslash alpha$ by declaring $p\; \backslash in\; V\_$ to be equivalent to $\backslash phi\_(p)\; \backslash in\; V\_.$ With some technical work, one can show that the set of equivalence classes can naturally be given a topological structure, and that the charts used in doing so form a smooth atlas.Differentiable functions

A real valued function ''f'' on an ''n''-dimensional differentiable manifold ''M'' is called differentiable at a point if it is differentiable in any coordinate chart defined around ''p''. In more precise terms, if $(U,\backslash phi)$ is a differentiable chart where $U$ is an open set in $M$ containing ''p'' and $\backslash phi\; :\; U\backslash to\; ^n$ is the map defining the chart, then ''f'' is differentiable at ''p''if and only if
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$$f\backslash circ\; \backslash phi^\; \backslash colon\; \backslash phi(U)\backslash subset\; ^n\; \backslash to$$
is differentiable at $\backslash phi(p)$, that is $f\backslash circ\; \backslash phi^$ is a differentiable function from the open set $\backslash phi(U)$, considered as a subset of $^n$, to $\backslash mathbf\; R$. In general, there will be many available charts; however, the definition of differentiability does not depend on the choice of chart at ''p''. It follows from the chain rule
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applied to the transition functions between one chart and another that if ''f'' is differentiable in any particular chart at ''p'', then it is differentiable in all charts at ''p''. Analogous considerations apply to defining ''CDifferentiation of functions

There are various ways to define thederivative
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of a function on a differentiable manifold, the most fundamental of which is the directional derivative. The definition of the directional derivative is complicated by the fact that a manifold will lack a suitable affine structure with which to define vectors. Therefore, the directional derivative looks at curves in the manifold instead of vectors.
Directional differentiation

Given a real valued function ''f'' on an ''n'' dimensional differentiable manifold ''M'', the directional derivative of ''f'' at a point ''p'' in ''M'' is defined as follows. Suppose that γ(''t'') is a curve in ''M'' with , which is ''differentiable'' in the sense that its composition with any chart is adifferentiable curve
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in Rtangent vector
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of the curve at ''p''. Thus, the more abstract definition of directional differentiation adapted to the case of differentiable manifolds ultimately captures the intuitive features of directional differentiation in an affine space.
Tangent vector and the differential

A tangent vector at is anequivalence class
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of differentiable curves ''γ'' with , modulo the equivalence relation of first-order contact between the curves. Therefore,
$$\backslash gamma\_1\backslash equiv\; \backslash gamma\_2\; \backslash iff\; \backslash left.\backslash frac\backslash phi\backslash circ\backslash gamma\_1(t)\backslash \_\; =\; \backslash left.\backslash frac\backslash phi\backslash circ\backslash gamma\_2(t)\backslash \_$$
in every coordinate chart $\backslash phi$. Therefore, the equivalence classes are curves through ''p'' with a prescribed velocity vector
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at ''p''. The collection of all tangent vectors at ''p'' forms a vector space
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: the tangent space
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to ''M'' at ''p'', denoted ''T''linear functional
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on the tangent space. This linear functional is often denoted by ''df''(''p'') and is called the differential of ''f'' at ''p'':
$$df(p)\; \backslash colon\; T\_pM\; \backslash to\; .$$
Definition of tangent space and differentiation in local coordinates

Let $M$ be a topological $n$-manifold with a smooth atlas $\backslash \_.$ Given $p\backslash in\; M$ let $A\_p$ denote $\backslash .$ A "tangent vector at $p\backslash in\; M$" is a mapping $v:A\_p\backslash to\backslash mathbb^n,$ here denoted $\backslash alpha\backslash mapsto\; v\_\backslash alpha,$ such that $$v\_\backslash alpha=D\backslash Big,\; \_(\backslash phi\_\backslash alpha\backslash circ\backslash phi\_\backslash beta^)(v\_\backslash beta)$$ for all $\backslash alpha,\backslash beta\backslash in\; A\_p.$ Let the collection of tangent vectors at $p$ be denoted by $T\_pM.$ Given a smooth function $f:M\backslash to\backslash mathbb$, define $df\_p:T\_pM\backslash to\backslash mathbb$ by sending a tangent vector $v:A\_p\backslash to\backslash mathbb^n$ to the number given by $$D\backslash Big,\; \_(f\backslash circ\backslash phi\_\backslash alpha^)(v\_\backslash alpha),$$ which due to the chain rule and the constraint in the definition of a tangent vector does not depend on the choice of $\backslash alpha\backslash in\; A\_p.$ One can check that $T\_pM$ naturally has the structure of a $n$-dimensional real vector space, and that with this structure, $df\_p$ is a linear map. The key observation is that, due to the constraint appearing in the definition of a tangent vector, the value of $v\_\backslash beta$ for a single element $\backslash beta$ of $A\_p$ automatically determines $v\_\backslash alpha$ for all $\backslash alpha\backslash in\; A.$ The above formal definitions correspond precisely to a more informal notation which appears often in textbooks, specifically : $v^i=\backslash widetilde^j\backslash frac$ and $df\_p(v)=\backslash fracv^i.$ With the idea of the formal definitions understood, this shorthand notation is, for most purposes, much easier to work with.Partitions of unity

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. This distinguishes the differential structure on a manifold from stronger structures (such as analytic and holomorphic structures) that in general fail to have partitions of unity.
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and locally finite;
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s to be considered: for instance LDifferentiability of mappings between manifolds

Suppose ''M'' and ''N'' are two differentiable manifolds with dimensions ''m'' and ''n'', respectively, and ''f'' is a function from ''M'' to ''N''. Since differentiable manifolds are topological spaces we know what it means for ''f'' to be continuous. But what does "''f'' is " mean for ? We know what that means when ''f'' is a function between Euclidean spaces, so if we compose ''f'' with a chart of ''M'' and a chart of ''N'' such that we get a map that goes from Euclidean space to ''M'' to ''N'' to Euclidean space we know what it means for that map to be . We define "''f'' is " to mean that all such compositions of ''f'' with charts are . Once again, the chain rule guarantees that the idea of differentiability does not depend on which charts of the atlases on ''M'' and ''N'' are selected. However, defining the derivative itself is more subtle. If ''M'' or ''N'' is itself already a Euclidean space, then we don't need a chart to map it to one.Bundles

Tangent bundle

Thetangent space
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of a point consists of the possible directional derivatives at that point, and has the same dimension
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''n'' as does the manifold. For a set of (non-singular) coordinates ''xtangent bundle
In differential geometry, the tangent bundle of a differentiable manifold M is a manifold TM which assembles all the tangent vectors in M . As a set, it is given by the disjoint unionThe disjoint union ensures that for any two points and o ...

, whose dimension is 2''n''. The tangent bundle is where tangent vector
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s lie, and is itself a differentiable manifold. The Lagrangian
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is a function on the tangent bundle. One can also define the tangent bundle as the bundle of 1- jets from R (the real line) to ''M''.
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Thedual space
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of a vector space is the set of real valued linear functions on the vector space. The cotangent space at a point is the dual of the tangent space at that point and the elements are referred to as cotangent vectors; the cotangent bundle
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is the collection of all cotangent vectors, along with the natural differentiable manifold structure.
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. Cotangent vectors are sometimes called ''covector
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s''. One can also define the cotangent bundle as the bundle of 1- jets of functions from ''M'' to R.
Elements of the cotangent space can be thought of as infinitesimal
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displacements: if ''f'' is a differentiable function we can define at each point ''p'' a cotangent vector ''dfexact differential
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s. For a given set of local coordinates ''xTensor bundle

The tensor bundle is thedirect sum
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of all tensor product
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s of the tangent bundle and the cotangent bundle. Each element of the bundle is a tensor field, which can act as a multilinear operator on vector fields, or on other tensor fields.
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over the ring of scalar functions. Each tensor is characterized by its ranks, which indicate how many tangent and cotangent factors it has. Sometimes these ranks are referred to as '' covariant'' and '' contravariant'' ranks, signifying tangent and cotangent ranks, respectively.
Frame bundle

A frame (or, in more precise terms, a tangent frame), is an ordered basis of particular tangent space. Likewise, a tangent frame is a linear isomorphism of Rprincipal bundle
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made up of the set of all frames over ''M''. The frame bundle is useful because tensor fields on ''M'' can be regarded as equivariant vector-valued functions on F(''M'').
Jet bundles

On a manifold that is sufficiently smooth, various kinds of jet bundles can also be considered. The (first-order) tangent bundle of a manifold is the collection of curves in the manifold modulo the equivalence relation of first-order contact. By analogy, the ''k''-th order tangent bundle is the collection of curves modulo the relation of ''k''-th order contact. Likewise, the cotangent bundle is the bundle of 1-jets of functions on the manifold: the ''k''-jet bundle is the bundle of their ''k''-jets. These and other examples of the general idea of jet bundles play a significant role in the study ofdifferential operator
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s on manifolds.
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from RCalculus on manifolds

Many of the techniques from multivariate calculus also apply, '' mutatis mutandis'', to differentiable manifolds. One can define the directional derivative of a differentiable function along a tangent vector to the manifold, for instance, and this leads to a means of generalizing thetotal derivative
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of a function: the differential. From the perspective of calculus, the derivative of a function on a manifold behaves in much the same way as the ordinary derivative of a function defined on a Euclidean space, at least locally In mathematics, a mathematical object is said to satisfy a property locally, if the property is satisfied on some limited, immediate portions of the object (e.g., on some ''sufficiently small'' or ''arbitrarily small'' neighborhoods of points).
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. For example, there are versions of the implicit and inverse function theorems for such functions.
There are, however, important differences in the calculus of vector fields (and tensor fields in general). In brief, the directional derivative of a vector field is not well-defined, or at least not defined in a straightforward manner. Several generalizations of the derivative of a vector field (or tensor field) do exist, and capture certain formal features of differentiation in Euclidean spaces. The chief among these are:
* The Lie derivative, which is uniquely defined by the differential structure, but fails to satisfy some of the usual features of directional differentiation.
* An affine connection
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, which is not uniquely defined, but generalizes in a more complete manner the features of ordinary directional differentiation. Because an affine connection is not unique, it is an additional piece of data that must be specified on the manifold.
Ideas from integral calculus
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also carry over to differential manifolds. These are naturally expressed in the language of exterior calculus
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and differential form
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s. The fundamental theorems of integral calculus in several variables—namely Green's theorem
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, the divergence theorem
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, and Stokes' theorem
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—generalize to a theorem (also called Stokes' theorem) relating the exterior derivative
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and integration over submanifolds.
Differential calculus of functions

Differentiable functions between two manifolds are needed in order to formulate suitable notions of submanifolds, and other related concepts. If is a differentiable function from a differentiable manifold ''M'' of dimension ''m'' to another differentiable manifold ''N'' of dimension ''n'', then the differential of ''f'' is a mapping . It is also denoted by ''Tf'' and called the tangent map. At each point of ''M'', this is a linear transformation from one tangent space to another: $$df(p)\backslash colon\; T\_p\; M\; \backslash to\; T\_\; N.$$ The rank of ''f'' at ''p'' is the rank of this linear transformation. Usually the rank of a function is a pointwise property. However, if the function has maximal rank, then the rank will remain constant in a neighborhood of a point. A differentiable function "usually" has maximal rank, in a precise sense given by Sard's theorem. Functions of maximal rank at a point are called immersions and submersions: * If , and has rank ''m'' at , then ''f'' is called an immersion at ''p''. If ''f'' is an immersion at all points of ''M'' and is ahomeomorphism
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onto its image, then ''f'' is an embedding
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. Embeddings formalize the notion of ''M'' being a submanifold of ''N''. In general, an embedding is an immersion without self-intersections and other sorts of non-local topological irregularities.
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s and fibre bundle
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s.
Lie derivative

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, is a derivation
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on the algebra
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of tensor fields over a manifold ''M''. The vector space
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of all Lie derivatives on ''M'' forms an infinite dimensional Lie algebra
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with respect to the Lie bracket defined by
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The Lie derivatives are represented by vector fields, as infinitesimal generators of flows ( active diffeomorphism
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s) on ''M''. Looking at it the other way around, the group of diffeomorphisms of ''M'' has the associated Lie algebra structure, of Lie derivatives, in a way directly analogous to the Lie group
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theory.
Exterior calculus

The exterior calculus allows for a generalization of thegradient
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, divergence and curl
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operators.
The bundle of differential form
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s, at each point, consists of all totally antisymmetric multilinear maps on the tangent space at that point. It is naturally divided into ''n''-forms for each ''n'' at most equal to the dimension of the manifold; an ''n''-form is an ''n''-variable form, also called a form of degree ''n''. The 1-forms are the cotangent vectors, while the 0-forms are just scalar functions. In general, an ''n''-form is a tensor with cotangent rank ''n'' and tangent rank 0. But not every such tensor is a form, as a form must be antisymmetric.
Exterior derivative

The ''exterior derivative'' is a linear operator on thegraded vector space
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of all smooth differential forms on a smooth manifold $M$. It is usually denoted by $d$. More precisely, if $n=\backslash dim(M)$, for $0\; \backslash le\; k\; \backslash le\; n$ the operator $d$ maps the space $\backslash Omega^k(M)$ of $k$-forms on $M$ into the space $\backslash Omega^(M)$ of $(k+1)$-forms (if $k\; >\; n$ there are no non-zero $k$-forms on $M$ so the map $d$ is identically zero on $n$-forms).
For example, the exterior differential of a smooth function $f$ is given in local coordinates $x\_1,\; \backslash ldots,\; x\_n$, with associated local co-frame $dx\_1,\; \backslash ldots,\; dx\_n$ by the formula :
$$df\; =\; \backslash sum\_^n\; \backslash frac\; dx\_i.$$
The exterior differential satisfies the following identity, similar to a product rule
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with respect to the wedge product of forms:
$$d(\backslash omega\; \backslash wedge\; \backslash eta)\; =\; d\backslash omega\; \backslash wedge\; \backslash eta+(-1)^\backslash omega\; \backslash wedge\; d\backslash eta.$$
The exterior derivative also satisfies the identity $d\; \backslash circ\; d\; =\; 0$. That is, if $\backslash omega$ is a $k$-form then the $(k+2)$-form $d(df)$ is identically vanishing. A form $\backslash omega$ such that $d\backslash omega\; =\; 0$ is called ''closed'', while a form $\backslash omega$ such that $\backslash omega\; =\; d\backslash eta$ for some other form $\backslash eta$ is called ''exact''. Another formulation of the identity $d\; \backslash circ\; d\; =\; 0$ is that an exact form is closed. This allows one to define de Rham cohomology
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of the manifold $M$, where the $k$th cohomology group is the quotient group
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of the closed forms on $M$ by the exact forms on $M$.
Topology of differentiable manifolds

Relationship with topological manifolds

Suppose that $M$ is a topological $n$-manifold. If given any smooth atlas $\backslash \_$, it is easy to find a smooth atlas which defines a different smooth manifold structure on $M;$ consider a homeomorphism $\backslash Phi:M\backslash to\; M$ which is not smooth relative to the given atlas; for instance, one can modify the identity map localized non-smooth bump. Then consider the new atlas $\backslash \_,$ which is easily verified as a smooth atlas. However, the charts in the new atlas are not smoothly compatible with the charts in the old atlas, since this would require that $\backslash phi\_\backslash alpha\backslash circ\backslash Phi\backslash circ\backslash phi\_\backslash beta^$ and $\backslash phi\_\backslash alpha\backslash circ\backslash Phi^\backslash circ\backslash phi\_\backslash beta^$ are smooth for any $\backslash alpha$ and $\backslash beta,$ with these conditions being exactly the definition that both $\backslash Phi$ and $\backslash Phi^$ are smooth, in contradiction to how $\backslash Phi$ was selected. With this observation as motivation, one can define an equivalence relation on the space of smooth atlases on $M$ by declaring that smooth atlases $\backslash \_$ and $\backslash \_$ are equivalent if there is a homeomorphism $\backslash Phi:M\backslash to\; M$ such that $\backslash \_$ is smoothly compatible with $\backslash \_,$ and such that $\backslash \_$ is smoothly compatible with $\backslash \_.$ More briefly, one could say that two smooth atlases are equivalent if there exists a diffeomorphism $M\backslash to\; M,$ in which one smooth atlas is taken for the domain and the other smooth atlas is taken for the range. Note that this equivalence relation is a refinement of the equivalence relation which defines a smooth manifold structure, as any two smoothly compatible atlases are also compatible in the present sense; one can take $\backslash Phi$ to be the identity map. If the dimension of $M$ is 1, 2, or 3, then there exists a smooth structure on $M$, and all distinct smooth structures are equivalent in the above sense. The situation is more complicated in higher dimensions, although it isn't fully understood. * Some topological manifolds admit no smooth structures, as was originally shown with a ten-dimensional example by . A major application ofpartial differential equations
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in differential geometry due to Simon Donaldson
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, in combination with results of Michael Freedman, shows that many simply-connected compact topological 4-manifolds do not admit smooth structures. A well-known particular example is the EClassification

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. A particular result is that every two-dimensional connected compact smooth manifold is diffeomorphic to one of the following: $S^2,$ or $(S^1\backslash times\; S^1)\backslash sharp\backslash cdots\backslash sharp(S^1\backslash times\; S^1),$ or $\backslash mathbb^2\backslash sharp\backslash cdots\backslash sharp\backslash mathbb^2.$ The situation is more nontrivial if one considers complex-differentiable structure instead of smooth structure.
The situation in three dimensions is quite a bit more complicated, and known results are more indirect. A remarkable result, proved in 2002 by methods of partial differential equations
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, is the geometrization conjecture
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, stating loosely that any compact smooth 3-manifold can be split up into different parts, each of which admits Riemannian metrics which possess many symmetries. There are also various "recognition results" for geometrizable 3-manifolds, such as Mostow rigidity and Sela's algorithm for the isomorphism problem for hyperbolic groups.
The classification of ''n''-manifolds for ''n'' greater than three is known to be impossible, even up to homotopy equivalence. Given any finitely presented group, one can construct a closed 4-manifold having that group as fundamental group. Since there is no algorithm to decide the isomorphism problem for finitely presented groups, there is no algorithm to decide whether two 4-manifolds have the same fundamental group. Since the previously described construction results in a class of 4-manifolds that are homeomorphic if and only if their groups are isomorphic, the homeomorphism problem for 4-manifolds is undecidable. In addition, since even recognizing the trivial group is undecidable, it is not even possible in general to decide whether a manifold has trivial fundamental group, i.e. is simply connected.
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using the intersection form and Kirby–Siebenmann invariant. Smooth 4-manifold theory is known to be much more complicated, as the exotic smooth structures on Rh-cobordism theorem
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can be used to reduce the classification to a classification up to homotopy equivalence, and surgery theory can be applied. This has been carried out to provide an explicit classification of simply connected 5-manifold
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s by Dennis Barden.
Structures on smooth manifolds

(Pseudo-)Riemannian manifolds

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consists of a smooth manifold together with a positive-definite inner product
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on each of the individual tangent spaces. This collection of inner products is called the Riemannian metric
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, and is naturally a symmetric 2-tensor field. This "metric" identifies a natural vector space isomorphism $T\_pM\backslash to\; T\_p^\backslash ast\; M$ for each $p\backslash in\; M.$ On a Riemannian manifold one can define notions of length, volume, and angle. Any smooth manifold can be given many different Riemannian metrics.
A pseudo-Riemannian manifold
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is a generalization of the notion of Riemannian manifold
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where the inner products are allowed to have an indefinite signature, as opposed to being positive-definite; they are still required to be non-degenerate. Every smooth pseudo-Riemannian and Riemmannian manifold defines a number of associated tensor fields, such as the Riemann curvature tensor
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. Pseudo-Riemannian manifolds of signature are fundamental in general relativity
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. Not every smooth manifold can be given a (non-Riemannian) pseudo-Riemannian structure; there are topological restrictions on doing so.
A Finsler manifold is a different generalization of a Riemannian manifold, in which the inner product is replaced with a vector norm
In mathematics, a norm is a function from a real or complex vector space to the non-negative real numbers that behaves in certain ways like the distance from the origin: it commutes with scaling, obeys a form of the triangle inequality, and is ...

; as such, this allows the definition of length, but not angle.
Symplectic manifolds

Asymplectic manifold
In differential geometry, a subject of mathematics, a symplectic manifold is a smooth manifold, M , equipped with a closed nondegenerate differential 2-form \omega , called the symplectic form. The study of symplectic manifolds is called sy ...

is a manifold equipped with a closed, nondegenerate 2-form. This condition forces symplectic manifolds to be even-dimensional, due to the fact that skew-symmetric $(2n+1)\backslash times(2n+1)$ matrices all have zero determinant. There are two basic examples:
* Cotangent bundles, which arise as phase spaces in Hamiltonian mechanics
Hamiltonian mechanics emerged in 1833 as a reformulation of Lagrangian mechanics. Introduced by Sir William Rowan Hamilton, Hamiltonian mechanics replaces (generalized) velocities \dot q^i used in Lagrangian mechanics with (generalized) ''moment ...

, are a motivating example, since they admit a natural symplectic form.
* All oriented two-dimensional Riemannian manifolds $(M,g)$ are, in a natural way, symplectic, by defining the form $\backslash omega(u,v)=g(u,J(v))$ where, for any $v\; \backslash in\; T\_pM,$ $J(v)$ denotes the vector such that $v,J(v)$ is an oriented $g\_p$-orthonormal basis of $T\_pM.$
Lie groups

ALie group
In mathematics, a Lie group (pronounced ) is a group that is also a differentiable manifold. A manifold is a space that locally resembles Euclidean space, whereas groups define the abstract concept of a binary operation along with the additi ...

consists of a ''C''parallelizable
In mathematics, a differentiable manifold M of dimension ''n'' is called parallelizable if there exist smooth vector fields
\
on the manifold, such that at every point p of M the tangent vectors
\
provide a basis of the tangent space at p. Equiv ...

.
Alternative definitions

Pseudogroups

The notion of a pseudogroup provides a flexible generalization of atlases in order to allow a variety of different structures to be defined on manifolds in a uniform way. A ''pseudogroup'' consists of a topological space ''S'' and a collection Γ consisting of homeomorphisms from open subsets of ''S'' to other open subsets of ''S'' such that # If , and ''U'' is an open subset of the domain of ''f'', then the restriction ''f'',diffeomorphisms
In mathematics, a diffeomorphism is an isomorphism of smooth manifolds. It is an invertible function that maps one differentiable manifold to another such that both the function and its inverse are differentiable.
Definition
Given two ...

on Rsymplectomorphism
In mathematics, a symplectomorphism or symplectic map is an isomorphism in the category of symplectic manifolds. In classical mechanics, a symplectomorphism represents a transformation of phase space that is volume-preserving and preserves the sy ...

s, Möbius transformation
In geometry and complex analysis, a Möbius transformation of the complex plane is a rational function of the form
f(z) = \frac
of one complex variable ''z''; here the coefficients ''a'', ''b'', ''c'', ''d'' are complex numbers satisfying ''ad'' ...

s, affine transformation
In Euclidean geometry, an affine transformation or affinity (from the Latin, ''affinis'', "connected with") is a geometric transformation that preserves lines and parallelism, but not necessarily Euclidean distances and angles.
More generally, ...

s, and so on. Thus, a wide variety of function classes determine pseudogroups.
An atlas (''UStructure sheaf

Sometimes, it can be useful to use an alternative approach to endow a manifold with a ''Cfunctor
In mathematics, specifically category theory, a functor is a mapping between categories. Functors were first considered in algebraic topology, where algebraic objects (such as the fundamental group) are associated to topological spaces, and ma ...

that defines, for each open set , an algebra CSheaves of local rings

A similar, but more technical, approach to defining differentiable manifolds can be formulated using the notion of a ringed space. This approach is strongly influenced by the theory of schemes inalgebraic geometry
Algebraic geometry is a branch of mathematics, classically studying zeros of multivariate polynomials. Modern algebraic geometry is based on the use of abstract algebraic techniques, mainly from commutative algebra, for solving geometrical ...

, but uses local ring In abstract algebra, more specifically ring theory, local rings are certain rings that are comparatively simple, and serve to describe what is called "local behaviour", in the sense of functions defined on varieties or manifolds, or of algebraic ...

s of the germs of differentiable functions. It is especially popular in the context of ''complex'' manifolds.
We begin by describing the basic structure sheaf on Rlocal ring In abstract algebra, more specifically ring theory, local rings are certain rings that are comparatively simple, and serve to describe what is called "local behaviour", in the sense of functions defined on varieties or manifolds, or of algebraic ...

whose unique maximal ideal consists of those functions that vanish at ''p''. The pair is an example of a locally ringed space: it is a topological space equipped with a sheaf whose stalks are each local rings.
A differentiable manifold (of class ''CHausdorff space
In topology and related branches of mathematics, a Hausdorff space ( , ), separated space or T2 space is a topological space where, for any two distinct points, there exist neighbourhoods of each which are disjoint from each other. Of the many ...

, and Oalgebraic geometry
Algebraic geometry is a branch of mathematics, classically studying zeros of multivariate polynomials. Modern algebraic geometry is based on the use of abstract algebraic techniques, mainly from commutative algebra, for solving geometrical ...

), one could take this to be the space of complex numbers Cholomorphic function
In mathematics, a holomorphic function is a complex-valued function of one or more complex variables that is complex differentiable in a neighbourhood of each point in a domain in complex coordinate space . The existence of a complex deri ...

s (thus arriving at the spaces of complex analytic geometry), or the sheaf of polynomial
In mathematics, a polynomial is an expression consisting of indeterminates (also called variables) and coefficients, that involves only the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and positive-integer powers of variables. An exam ...

s (thus arriving at the spaces of interest in complex ''algebraic'' geometry). In broader terms, this concept can be adapted for any suitable notion of a scheme (see topos theory
In mathematics, a topos (, ; plural topoi or , or toposes) is a category that behaves like the category of sheaves of sets on a topological space (or more generally: on a site). Topoi behave much like the category of sets and possess a notion ...

). Second, coordinates are no longer explicitly necessary to the construction. The analog of a coordinate system is the pair , but these merely quantify the idea of ''local isomorphism'' rather than being central to the discussion (as in the case of charts and atlases). Third, the sheaf Osynthetic differential geometry
In mathematics, synthetic differential geometry is a formalization of the theory of differential geometry in the language of topos theory. There are several insights that allow for such a reformulation. The first is that most of the analytic da ...

).
A final advantage of this approach is that it allows for natural direct descriptions of many of the fundamental objects of study to differential geometry and topology.
* The cotangent space at a point is ''Icotangent bundle
In mathematics, especially differential geometry, the cotangent bundle of a smooth manifold is the vector bundle of all the cotangent spaces at every point in the manifold. It may be described also as the dual bundle to the tangent bundle. This ma ...

can be obtained by a related technique (see cotangent bundle
In mathematics, especially differential geometry, the cotangent bundle of a smooth manifold is the vector bundle of all the cotangent spaces at every point in the manifold. It may be described also as the dual bundle to the tangent bundle. This ma ...

for details).
* Taylor series
In mathematics, the Taylor series or Taylor expansion of a function is an infinite sum of terms that are expressed in terms of the function's derivatives at a single point. For most common functions, the function and the sum of its Taylor seri ...

(and jets) can be approached in a coordinate-independent manner using the ''I''tangent bundle
In differential geometry, the tangent bundle of a differentiable manifold M is a manifold TM which assembles all the tangent vectors in M . As a set, it is given by the disjoint unionThe disjoint union ensures that for any two points and o ...

(or more precisely its sheaf of sections) can be identified with the sheaf of morphisms of OGeneralizations

Thecategory
Category, plural categories, may refer to:
Philosophy and general uses
*Categorization, categories in cognitive science, information science and generally
* Category of being
* ''Categories'' (Aristotle)
* Category (Kant)
*Categories (Peirce)
...

of smooth manifolds with smooth maps lacks certain desirable properties, and people have tried to generalize smooth manifolds in order to rectify this. Diffeological spaces use a different notion of chart known as a "plot". Frölicher spaces and orbifold
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D ...

s are other attempts.
A rectifiable set generalizes the idea of a piece-wise smooth or rectifiable curve to higher dimensions; however, rectifiable sets are not in general manifolds.
Banach manifolds and Fréchet manifolds, in particular
manifolds of mappings
are infinite dimensional differentiable manifolds.
Non-commutative geometry

For a ''Cset
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Science, technology, and mathematics Mathematics
*Set (mathematics), a collection of elements
*Category of sets, the category whose objects and morphisms are sets and total functions, respectively
Electro ...

of real-valued ''Calgebra
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Elementary a ...

under pointwise addition and multiplication, called the ''algebra of scalar fields'' or simply the ''algebra of scalars''. This algebra has the constant function 1 as the multiplicative identity, and is a differentiable analog of the ring of regular function In algebraic geometry, a morphism between algebraic varieties is a function between the varieties that is given locally by polynomials. It is also called a regular map. A morphism from an algebraic variety to the affine line is also called a regula ...

s in algebraic geometry.
It is possible to reconstruct a manifold from its algebra of scalars, first as a set, but also as a topological space – this is an application of the Banach–Stone theorem, and is more formally known as the spectrum of a C*-algebra. First, there is a one-to-one correspondence between the points of ''M'' and the algebra homomorphisms , as such a homomorphism ''φ'' corresponds to a codimension one ideal in ''CC*-algebra
In mathematics, specifically in functional analysis, a C∗-algebra (pronounced "C-star") is a Banach algebra together with an involution satisfying the properties of the adjoint. A particular case is that of a complex algebra ''A'' of continuou ...

– a commutative C*-algebra being precisely the ring of scalars of a manifold, by Banach–Stone, and allows one to consider ''non''commutative C*-algebras as non-commutative generalizations of manifolds. This is the basis of the field of noncommutative geometry.
See also

*Affine connection
In differential geometry, an affine connection is a geometric object on a smooth manifold which ''connects'' nearby tangent spaces, so it permits tangent vector fields to be differentiated as if they were functions on the manifold with values i ...

* Atlas (topology)
* Christoffel symbols
In mathematics and physics, the Christoffel symbols are an array of numbers describing a metric connection. The metric connection is a specialization of the affine connection to surfaces or other manifolds endowed with a metric, allowing distan ...

* Introduction to the mathematics of general relativity
* List of formulas in Riemannian geometry
* Riemannian geometry
Riemannian geometry is the branch of differential geometry that studies Riemannian manifolds, smooth manifolds with a ''Riemannian metric'', i.e. with an inner product on the tangent space at each point that varies smoothly from point to point ...

* Space (mathematics)
In mathematics, a space is a set (sometimes called a universe) with some added structure.
While modern mathematics uses many types of spaces, such as Euclidean spaces, linear spaces, topological spaces, Hilbert spaces, or probability spaces, ...

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