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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author De Wet, Pieter Oloff
URN etd-07222005-122154
Document Title The division theorem for smooth functions
Degree MSc (Mathematics)
Department Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Advisor Name Title
Prof W L Fouche Committee Chair
  • differential equations partial
  • analytic functions
  • commutative algebra
  • smoothness of functions
Date 2003-04-01
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We discuss Lojasiewicz's beautiful proof of the division theorem for smooth functions. The standard proofs are based on the Weierstrass preparation theorem for analytic functions and use techniques from the theory of partial differential equations. Lojasiewicz's approach is more geometric and syn¬thetic. In the appendices appear new proofs of results which are required for the theorem.

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De Wet, PO 2002, The division theorem for smooth functions, MSc dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07222005-122154/ >


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