# Definition:Tangent Space

## Definition

### Real Submanifold

Let $M$ be a real submanifold of $\R^n$ of dimension $d$.

Let $p\in M$.

#### Using Local Submersions

Let $U$ be a open neighborhood of $p$ in $\R^n$ and $\phi : U \to \R^{n - d}$ be a submersion such that:

- $M \cap U = \phi^{-1} \sqbrk 0$.

The **tangent space of $M$ at $p$** is:

- $T_p M = \ker \d \map \phi p$

where $\d \map \phi p$ is the differential of $\phi$ at $p$.

#### Using Local Embdeddings

Let $U$ be a open set of $\R^d$ and $\phi : U \to \R^n$ be an embedding such that:

- $p \in \phi \sqbrk U \subset M$

The **tangent space of $M$ at $p$** is:

- $T_p M = \Img {\map {\paren {\d \phi} } {\map {\phi^{-1} } p} }$

where $\map {\paren {\d \phi} } {\map {\phi^{-1} } p}$ is the differential of $\phi$ at $\map {\phi^{-1} } p$.

#### Using Local Immersions

### Geometric Tangent Space

Let $a \in \R^n$ be an element of the $n$-dimensional Euclidean space.

The **geometric tangent space to $\R^n$ at $a$**, denoted by $\R^n_a$, is the cartesian product of the singleton $\set a$ and $\R^n$:

- $\R^n_a := \set a \times \R^n = \set {\tuple {a, v} : v \in \R^n}$

### Differentiable Manifold

There are various ways to construct the **tangent space** of a differentiable manifold.

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold of dimension $m$.

Let $p \in M$.

#### Abstract Definition

Let $A$ be an atlas of $M$.

Let $B = \set {\struct {U, \phi} \in A : p \in U}$.

The **tangent space of $M$ at $p$** is the real vector space

- $\ds \paren {\coprod_{b \mathop \in B} \set b \times \R^m} / \sim$

where $\sim$ is the equivalence relation defined by:

- $\tuple {i, \xi} \sim \tuple {j, \eta} \iff \d \map {\map {\paren {\phi_j \circ \phi_i^{-1} } } {\map {\phi_i} p} } \xi = \eta$

where $\d \map {\map {\paren {\phi_j \circ \phi_i^{-1} } } {\map {\phi_i} p} } \xi$ is the differential of $\phi_j \circ \phi_i^{-1}$ at $\map {\phi_i} p$.

Addition is defined by:

- $\sqbrk {\tuple {i, \xi} } + \sqbrk {\tuple {j, \eta} } = \sqbrk {\tuple {i, \d \map {\map {\paren {\phi_j \circ \phi_i^{-1} } } {\map {\phi_i} p} } \xi + \eta} }$

and scalar multiplication by:

- $\lambda \cdot \sqbrk {\tuple {i, \xi} } = \sqbrk {\tuple {i, \lambda \cdot \xi} }$

#### As a space of germs of curves

#### As a space of derivations

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold.

Let $p \in M$ be a point in $M$.

Let $v : \map {\CC^\infty} M \to \R$ be a derivation at $p$.

The **tangent space at $p$**, denoted by $T_p M$, is the set of all derivations of $\map {\CC^\infty} M$ at $p$.

## Equivalence of Definitions

While the above constructions are not the same, there are very closely related. See Equivalence of Definitions of Tangent Space.

## Also see

- Equivalence of Definitions of Tangent Space
- Tangent Space is Vector Space
- Definition:Tangent Vector
- Definition:Tangent Bundle

## Sources

- 2003: John M. Lee:
*Introduction to Smooth Manifolds*: $\S 3$: Tangent Vectors. Tangent Vectors - 2013: Gerd Rudolph and Matthias Schmidt:
*Differential Geometry and Mathematical Physics*: $\S 1.4$: Tangent Space