The Theorem of Frobenius
Having acquired the language of vector fields, we return to differential equations and give a generalization of the local existence theorem known as the Frobenius theorem, whose proof will be reduced to the standard case discussed in Chapter IV. We state the theorem in §1. Readers should note that one needs only to know the definition of the bracket of two vector fields in order to understand the proof. It is convenient to insert also a formulation in terms of differential forms, for which the reader needs to know the local definition of the exterior derivative. However, the condition involving differential forms is proved to be equivalent to the vector field condition at the very beginning, and does not reappear explicitly afterwards.
KeywordsManifold Prefix Univer Alan Weinstein
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