Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Functions of class $C^k$ without derivatives

G. M. Tuynman


We describe a general axiomatic way to define functions of class $C^k$, $k\in \bold N \cup\{\infty \}$ on topological abelian groups. In the category of Banach spaces, this definition coincides with the usual one. The advantage of this axiomatic approach is that one can dispense with the notion of norms and limit procedures. The disadvantage is that one looses the derivative, which is replaced by a local linearizing factor. As an application we use this approach to define $C^\infty$ functions in the setting of graded/super manifolds.

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