By Joachim Kock

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ISBN-13: 9780511078842

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Vm ] in the tangent space at some point x ∈ ). Let I denote the unit interval (with standard orientation: [e1 ] is a positive basis). Then the product orientation of the cylinder × I has positive basis [v1 , . . , vm , e1 ]. 11 In-boundaries and out-boundaries. Let be a closed submanifold of M of codimension 1. Assume both are oriented. At a point x ∈ , let [v1 , . . , vn−1 ] be a positive basis for Tx . A vector w ∈ Tx M is called a positive normal if [v1 , . . , vn−1 , w] is a positive basis for Tx M.

The reader may object. Well, yes and no: you get ‘another’ orientation because X × Y is not the same manifold as Y × X. Of course they are isomorphic, and ∼ Y × X, (x, y) → (y, x). the natural isomorphism is the twist map X × Y → Now if you compare the two orientations carefully along this isomorphism you will note that they agree! 10 Example. Let be an closed oriented manifold (with positive basis [v1 , . . , vm ] in the tangent space at some point x ∈ ). Let I denote the unit interval (with standard orientation: [e1 ] is a positive basis).

Now there were choices involved: for each choice of f0 and f1 , the construction gives a chart f on U . We claim that all these charts have C 0 transition, so they belong to the same maximal atlas. 3) α1 As for the f , the two charts g0 and g1 glue together to give a chart g : U → Rn . Now the coordinate change function for the two charts f and g on U is induced exactly by the coordinate changes on the half-charts. That is, α : Rn → Rn is obtained by gluing α0 and α1 . By the universal property, α is continuous.

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