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**Function of a Real Variable** > see analysis.

**Function on a Manifold**

$ __Def__: The function *f* : *M* →
\(\mathbb R\) is *k*-differentiable at *x* ∈ *M* if, for all (*U*, *φ*)
such that *x* ∈ *U*,
the function *f* \(\circ\) *φ*^{–1}
is *k*-differentiable at *φ*(*x*).

**Mapping between Manifolds**

$ __Def__: The map *f* : *M* → *N* is *k*-differentiable
at *x* ∈ *M* if, for all (*U*, *φ*) such that *x* ∈ *U* and
all (*V*, *ψ*) such that *f*(*x*) ∈ *V*, the function
*ψ* \(\circ\) *f* \(\circ\) *φ*^{–1}
is *k*-differentiable at *f*(*x*).

* __Pullback of a function__:
The contravariant functor *: (Man, Mor(Man)) → (Vec, Mor(Vec)), taking *X* → *E*:=
{functions on *X*}, *Y* →
*F*:= {functions on *Y*}, and, if *f* ∈ Hom(*X*,* Y*),
*f* → *f* * ∈ Hom(*F*,* E*), defined by

*f* **g* = *g* \(\circ\) *f* , for
all *g* ∈ *F* .

* __Pullback of a one-form__:
A contravariant functor from Man to Vec, as above,
taking *X* → T**X*, *Y* → T**Y*, and,
if *f* ∈ Hom(*X*,* Y*), *f* → *f* *
Hom(T**Y*, T**X*), defined by (*f* **ω*)*v* =
*ω*(*f' v*) \(\circ\) *f*.

* __Pullback of an r-form__:

(*f* **ω*)(*v*_{1},
*v*_{2}, ..., *v*_{r}):=
*ω*(*f*_{*}*v*_{1},
*f*_{*}*v*_{2},
..., *f*_{*}*v*_{r})
\(\circ\) *f* .

@ __References__: Golubitsky & Guillemin 73 [stable mappings and singularities];
> s.a. harmonic map; Singularities.

**Transformations of a Manifold**

$ __Local pseudogroup__:
Given a point *x*_{0} of a manifold *X*,
a set of transformations of a neighborhood of *x*_{0},
*σ*_{t}: *N*(*x*_{0})
→ *X*, *t* ∈ I ⊂ \(\mathbb R\),
with composition law *σ*_{t} \(\circ\)
*σ*_{s}
= *σ*_{t+s}; __Generator__:
The equation *v*(*x*) = d*σ*_{t}(*x*)/d*t*
|_{t=0} defines a unique vector field generating the 1-parameter local pseudogroup.

**Differential of a Function**

$ __Def__: The differential
of a function *f* : *M* → \(\mathbb R\) is the 1-form d*f* ∈ T**M* such
that \(\langle\)d*f*, *X*\(\rangle\) = *Xf*,
for any vector field* X* ∈ T*M*.

**Differential of a Mapping**

$ __Def__: Given a mapping *f* : *X* → *Y* between
two differentiable manifolds, its differential at a point *x* ∈ *X* is
the mapping *f'* or *f*_{*}:
T_{x}*X* →
T_{f(x)}*Y* given
by (*f' v*)(*h*):= *v*(*f***h*),
where *h* is a function on *Y*.

* __Remark__: One can push
forward a vector, but not a vector field, usually.

* __In category language__:
A covariant functor from pointed differentiable manifolds
to vector spaces, that constructs everything for us; It associates
(*X*, *x*) → T_{x}*X*,
(*Y*, *y*) → T_{y}*Y*,
and, for *f* : *X* → *Y* such that *y* = *f*(*x*), *f* → *f'*.

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