Rubens Longhi (UP)
We show that local deformations, near closed subsets, of solutions to open partial differential relations can be extended to global deformations, provided all but the highest derivatives stay constant along the subset. The applicability of this general result is illustrated by a number of examples, dealing with convex embeddings of hypersurfaces, differential forms, and lapse functions in Lorentzian geometry.
The main application is a general approximation result by sections which have very restrictive local properties an open dense subsets. This shows, for instance, that given any K every manifold of dimension at least two carries a complete C1,1-metric which, on a dense open subset, is smooth with constant sectional curvature K. Of course this is impossible for C2-metrics in general.