Here's the partition of unity theorem:
Let X be a manifold. For any covering of X by open sets {U_alpha}, there is a sequence of smooth functions {theta_i} on X such that:
(a) 0 <= theta_i <= 1
(b) Each x\in X has a neighborhood on which all but finitely many of the theta_i are zero
(c) Each theta_i is supported on one of the U_alpha
(d) \sum_i theta_i = 1 identically
I understand the statement of the theorem. Just not seeing how to apply it...
Here's another problem that has partition of unity as a hint, by the way:
Let X be a manifold with boundary. Then there is a smooth nonnegative function f:X>R with regular value at 0 such that (boundary)X = f^1(0)
Thanks
Last fiddled with by jinydu on 20130521 at 22:27
