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Question about Milnor's topology fromthe diffable viewpoint

  1. Dec 16, 2008 #1

    quasar987

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    Lemma 1 of page 35 says that the index at an isolated zero z of vector field v on an open set U of R^m is the same as the index at f(z) of the pushfoward f_*v = df o v o f^-1 of v by a diffeomorphism f:U-->U'. For the proof, he first reduces the problem to the case where z=f(z)=0 and is U a small open ball. Then he proves the lemma in the case where f preserves the orientation. Then he arrives to the case when f reverses it and says, "To consider diffeomorphisms which reverse orientation, it is sufficient to consider the special case of a reflection."

    Why is this sufficient?!?
     
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  3. Dec 17, 2008 #2

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    Ok, got it.
     
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