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How to Show Cotangent Bundles Are Not Compact Manifolds?

Hamiltonian mechanics occurs in a sympletic manifold called phase space. Lagrangian mechanics take place in the tangent bundle of the configuration manifold. Using Legendre transform makes possible ...
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Partition of unity. Does this one exist?

Let $X:=\mathbb{R^n}$ be given and $M \subset X$ be a compact set in it. Then my question is: Are there $\alpha_i \in C^{\infty}(X,\mathbb{R})$ such that $supp(\alpha_i) \subset N$, where $N$ is an ...