1. Differentiable Manifolds 5 (Ua)j so by the argument at the beginning of the proof there is a countable subcover with corresponding functions /i , /2, Let Wn = {xeM : fn(x) 0 and fi(x) ± for 1 i n}, and denote by Wn the closure. Then (Wn)n is an open cover. We claim that (Wn)n is locally finite: Let x G M. Then there is a smallest n such that x G Wn. Let V := {y G M : /n(j/) j/nO*)}. If i/ G V n Wk, then we have / n (y) \fn{%) a n d /i(y) \ for i fc, which is possible for finitely many k only. Consider the nonnegative smooth function 9n(x) = h(fn(x))h(± - h(x)) . . . / * ( £ - /n-i(x)), n G N. Then obviously supp(#n) = Wn. So p := J2n9n is smooth, since it is locally only a finite sum, and everywhere positive thus (gn/g)neN is a smooth partition of unity on M. Since supp(gn) = Wn is contained in some f/a(n), we may put tpa — ^2sn-a(n)=a\ ~- to get the required partition of unity which is subordinated to (Ua)aeA- D 1.6. Germs. Let M and N be manifolds and x G M. We consider all smooth mappings f : Uf — N, where Uf is some open neighborhood of x in M, and we put / ~ x g if there is some open neighborhood V of x with /| V = g\V. This is an equivalence relation on the set of mappings considered. The equivalence class of a mapping / is called the germ of f at x, sometimes denoted by germx / . The set of all these germs is denoted by C™(M,N). Note that for a germs at x of a smooth mapping only the value at x is defined. We may also consider composition of germs: germyvx\ gogernXp / := germ^flfo/). If iV = R, we may add and multiply germs of smooth functions, so we get the real commutative algebra C^°(M, R) of germs of smooth functions at x. This construction works also for other types of functions like real analytic or holomorphic ones if M has a real analytic or complex structure. Using smooth partitions of unity (1.4) it is easily seen that each germ of a smooth function has a representative which is defined on the whole of M. For germs of real analytic or holomorphic functions this is not true. So C£°(M,R) is the quotient of the algebra C°°(M) by the ideal of all smooth functions / : M — R which vanish on some neighborhood (depending on / ) of x. 1.7. The tangent space of Rn. Let a G Rn. A tangent vector with foot point a is simply a pair (a, X) with X G Rn, also denoted by Xa. It induces a derivation Xa : C°°(Rn) - R by XJf) = df(a)(Xa). The value depends

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