# Smoooth vector field

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This article defines a basic construct that makes sense on any differential manifold

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## Definition

A **smooth vector field** on a differential manifold can be defined in any of the following equivalent ways:

- It is a derivation from the algebra of functions on the manifold, to itself
- It is a section of the tangent bundle, which is a smooth map
- it is a rule that associates (smoothly) to every point in the manifold a tangent vector