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O 2. Tangent Vectors The tangent vector to a smooth curve a at the point a(to) is the vector o(to) - him (o(to + b) - o(to)). b This limit exists, because of the assumed smoothness: if in any affine coordinate system the presentation of a is t b-+ o°(t) then the components of o(to) are o°(to) do" Idt (to). Note that the possibility of describing the tangent vector as "the tangent vector at a(to)" (a point of A) depends on our general assumption that the curves we deal with are injective. Otherwise we should have to say "the tangent vector at t = for to avoid ambiguity.

Chapter 2 34 Even though tangent vectors to A are to be distinguished in concept from elements of V we shall not make any notational distinction between the two; thus v will denote an element of V or a tangent vector, it being clear from the context which is intended, and in the latter case, at which point of A it is tangent. Exercise 6. Show that if :V = ks xb + d° and if (a-) and (a'-) are the coordinate presentations of a curve a with respect to the two affine coordinate systems (x-) and (f-) then o'-(t) = kso"(t).

Show that the tangent hyperplane through zo to the level surface of this function is given by -xl + x2 + 4x5 + 10 = 0. Show that df = 0 at the origin of coordinates, that the three coordinate axes all lie in the level surface of the function through the origin, but that (for example) no other line through the origin in the z'z'-plane does so, and that therefore the level surface through the origin has no tangent hyperplane there though the function is certainly smooth there. 0 This level surface is a cone, with the origin as its vertex.