By Gerald Jay Sussman, Jack Wisdom, Will Farr

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56). 44) in your derivation. 3: Hill Climbing The topography of a region on the Earth can be speciﬁed by a manifold function h that gives the altitude at each point on the manifold. Let v be a vector ﬁeld on the manifold, perhaps specifying a direction and rate of walking at every point on the manifold. a. Form an expression that gives the power that must be expended to follow the vector ﬁeld at each point. b. Write this as a computational expression. 4 Basis Fields A vector ﬁeld may be written as a linear combination of basis vector ﬁelds.

3 Integral Curves A vector ﬁeld gives a direction and rate for every point on a manifold. We can start at any point and go in the direction speciﬁed by the vector ﬁeld, tracing out a parametric curve on the manifold. This curve is an integral curve of the vector ﬁeld. More formally, let v be a vector ﬁeld on the manifold M. 25) for arbitrary functions f on the manifold, with real values or structured real values. The rate of change of a function along an integral curve is the vector ﬁeld applied to the function evaluated at the appropriate place along the curve.

The vector ﬁeld is an operator that takes a real-valued manifold function and a manifold point and produces a number. The order of arguments is chosen to make v(f) be a new manifold function that can be manipulated further. Directional derivative operators, unlike ordinary derivative operators, produce a result of the same type as their argument. Note that there is no mention here of any coordinate system. The vector ﬁeld speciﬁes a direction and magnitude at each manifold point that is independent of how it is described using any coordinate system.