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**oblixps** let $\displaystyle S \subset \mathbb{R}^3 $ be a regular surface with $\displaystyle p \in S $. Then there exists a neighborhood V of p in S such that V is the graph of a differentiable function that is either z = f(x,y), y = g(x,z), or x = h(y, z).

he starts off by letting $\displaystyle x: U \subset \mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow S $ be a parametrization of S in p and that x(u,v) = (x(u,v), y(u,v), z(u,v)), (u,v) belonging to U. he supposes that $\displaystyle \frac{\partial(x, y)}{\partial(u,v)}(q) \neg 0 $. Then he composes the projection map $\displaystyle \pi(x,y,z) = (x,y) $ with the function so that we have $\displaystyle /pi o x $. Then the inverse function theorem applies so there exists neighborhoods V1 of q and V2 of $\displaystyle \pi o x(q) $ such that there is a diffeomorphic mapping from V2 to V2.

Then he says that it follows that $\displaystyle \pi $ restricted to x(V1) = V is one to one and that there is a differentiable inverse $\displaystyle (\pi o x)^{-1}: V2 \rightarrow V1 $. I always seem to get confused when domains become restricted in differential geometry. i don't know how it follows that $\displaystyle \pi $ is one to one and why that is even necessary in this proof.

the rest of his proof just says: observe that x is a homeomorphism so that V is a neighborhood of p in S. now if we compose $\displaystyle (\pi o x)^{-1} : (x,y) \rightarrow (u(x,y), v(x,y))$ with $\displaystyle (u,v) \rightarrow z(u,v) $ and we see that V is the graph of the differentiable function z = f(x,y). the remaining cases can be treated in the same way.

i'm confused about the middle part of the proof on how did he know that $\displaystyle \pi $ is one to one and why did he even need that result in the first place. any help in clearing this up will be greatly appreciated.