# Hopf theorem

In the following we will assume that the term “smooth” implies just $C^{1}$ (once continuously differentiable). By smooth homotopy we will that the homotopy mapping is itself continuously differentiable

###### Theorem.

Suppose that $M$ is a connected, oriented (http://planetmath.org/Orientation2) smooth manifold  without boundary of dimension $m$ and suppose $f,g\colon M\to S^{m}$ are smooth mappings to the $m$-sphere. Then $f$ and $g$ are smoothly homotopic if and only if $f$ and $g$ have the same Brouwer degree  .

When $M$ is not orientable, then we can always “flip” the orientation by following a closed loop on the manifold and one can then prove the following result.

###### Theorem.

Suppose that $M$ is not orientable, connected smooth manifold without boundary of dimension $m$, and suppose $f,g\colon M\to S^{m}$ are smooth mappings to the $m$-sphere. Then $f$ and $g$ are smoothly homotopic if and only if $f$ and $g$ have the same degree mod 2.

## References

• 1 John W. Milnor. . The University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1969.
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