These ideas came to my mind while reading Lee's Introduction to Smooth Manifolds (cf. p. 45).


Let $E$ and $F$ be two Banach spaces together with a plain subset $A\subseteq E$.

Here, a partially defined function $f:A\to F$ is called differentiable at $a\in A$ if it admits an extension $\bar{f}_a:E\to F$ differentiable at $a$.


Note the dependence of the extension on the point under consideration: $\bar{f}_a$

Also a function $f:U\to F$ with open domain $U$ is differentiable at $u\in U$ in the definition given above iff it is differentiable there in the ordinary sense.

The leading principle of this approach to differentiability is that a linear approximation foots on linear spaces. Plain subsets or opens in general aren't!


  1. (Riesz-Dunford Functional Calculus) (resolved!)
    Let a function $f:A\to F$ be (continuously) differentiable in $A$ in the definition given above.
    Does it necessarily admit an extension $\bar{f}:E\to F$ that happens to be (continuously) differentiable on some whole neighborhood $U_A$ of $A$ rather than merely on $A$?
  2. (Manifolds with Boundary)
    Let a function $f:A\to F$ be (continuously) differentiable in $A$ in the definition given above.
    Does it necessarily admit an extension $\bar{f}:A\to F$ that happens to be (continuously) differentiable at every point $a\in A$ simultaneously rather than for every point a separate extension $\bar{f}_a:E\to F$?


  1. (Riesz-Dunford Functional Calculus)
    The Riesz-Dunford Calculus applies only to functions that happen to be holomorphic on some neighborhood of the spectrum of an operator. A positive result here would pin the problem to holomorphic functions on the spectrum precisely.
  2. (Manifolds with Boundary)
    On manifolds a map is differentiable on the boundary iff its coordinate expression has one-sided directional derivatives within half space. A negative result here would complicate the situation alot.
    Moreover, the definition given in Lee's book for differentiability of partially defined functions slightly varies from the one given above to the extend that it requires the existence of a common extension. The lack, however, there is that though differentiability is a local property it is defined pointwise. So from a structural point the definition given above shows consistency while for practical purposes the definition given in Lee's book is favourable. A positive result here would unveil them as equivalent and therefore justify the approach.


  1. (Riesz-Dunford Functional Calculus)

  2. (Manifolds with Boundary)
    For some function on half space $f:\mathbb{H}^m\to\mathbb{R}^n$ to be differentiable in the sense given above it must hold that locally at specific points it extends infinitesimally as: $$F_E(a_0+v):=2F(a_0)-F(a_0-v),v\notin \mathbb{H}^n$$ while globally at all points it extends infinitesimally as: $$F_E(a-n):=2F(a)-F(a+n),n\bot\partial\mathbb{H}^n$$ These guiding constructions seem to clash. But this still requires a rigorous counterexample.


1.(Riesz-Dunford Functional Calculus)

Consider the function $f(z):=|z|^2$ defined on the real and imaginary axis only. Then around every point it has an extension to a continuously differentiable function within some neighborhood. But that extension is confined to the Cauchy Riemann equations and therefore it must be $f(z)=+z^2$ and $f(z)=-z^2$ simultaneously in every neighborhood of zero which is impossible. So the answer to the first problem is: No, in general there won't be an extension continuously differentiable in a whole neighborhood.


2.(Manifolds with Boundary)

Besides this example still doesn't resolve(!) the second problem as one can choose the following extension:

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  • $\begingroup$ Did you just ask a question and answer to it after 44 seconds? $\endgroup$ – Kaster Jul 22 '14 at 23:03
  • $\begingroup$ No I only answered one of the two questions (see resolved tag) the other one is still open. The delay came just because of copy pasting it... $\endgroup$ – C-Star-W-Star Jul 22 '14 at 23:05

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