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    path in a manifold

    Hello,

    we have the following setting:
    c:[0,1]->M a continuous path in a manifold M. I want to show that there has to be a finite open cover of coord. domains (U_i)_{1,..,n} of c[0,1] , s.t. U_i \cap c[0,1]=c(a_i,b_i) for ome a_i, b_i.

    For sure, the image c[0,1] is compact in M. Therefore we can find a finite subcover to each open cover.
    But why is the intercection of the finite cover with the curve of that form?

    I think, we must first of all take open sets U_i, which has a connected intercection with c[0,1].
    Why do we have such a cover?

    I hope you can help me.

    Regards
    Last edited by Sogan; February 4th 2011 at 05:59 AM.
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    Start by taking an open cover of [0, 1] with that form- that is, such that the intersection of each U_i with [0,1] is an interval. Then look at c(U) for all U in the open cover of [0, 1]
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    I think there are some problems with your solution Hallsof Ivy!
    First the U_i has to be coordinate domains and on the other hand the sets c(U) are not open in general!

    But every Manifold is locally eucledean. Therefore we can shrink every open set, s.t. they are coordinate balls. Furthermore we know that there has to be an open cover of c[0,1] with such coordinate balls, s.t. every intersection is "nice".
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    Yes it is intuitively right, but why are the intersections so "nice" as you said?
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