I'am trying to come up with a solution to the referred problem which, by the way, states the following:
If $m<p$, show that every map $M^m\to S^p$ is homotopic to a constant map.
From the chapter, you may (must) assume $M$ is a compact (and, may be, boundaryless) smooth ($=C^\infty$) manifold (Hausdorff, second countable, locally euclidean topological manifold of dimension $m$). I've been trying to use Milnor's Theorem B:
Two mappings from $M$ to $S^p$ are smoothly homotopic if and only if the associated Pontryagin manifolds are framed cobordant.
I can't come up with a framed manifold corresponding to a constant function. Does it make any sense? I mean, what are the the regular values of such functions? What can you do with an empty set, in this case?
I've lots of questions here, if all I said above is completely nonsense, how to proceed then? In what other books could I learn more (I've googled a lot and all other references seemed to copy Milnor's work...)
Thanks in advance.