Definition:Tangent Vector/Definition 1

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Let $M$ be a smooth manifold.

Let $m \in M$ be a point.

Let $V$ be an open neighborhood of $m$.

Let $\map {C^\infty} {V, \R}$ be defined as the set of all smooth mappings $f: V \to \R$.

A tangent vector $X_m$ on $M$ at $m$ is a linear transformation:

$X_m: \map {C^\infty} {V, \R} \to \R$

which satisfies the Leibniz law:

$\ds \map {X_m} {f g} = \map {X_m} f \map g m + \map f m \map {X_m} g$

Also known as

A tangent vector is also known as a derivation.

Also see

  • Results about tangent vectors can be found here.