This entry is about the concept in differential geometry. For the concept of Jacobian variety see there.
synthetic differential geometry
Introductions
from point-set topology to differentiable manifolds
geometry of physics: coordinate systems, smooth spaces, manifolds, smooth homotopy types, supergeometry
Differentials
Tangency
The magic algebraic facts
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Axiomatics
(shape modality $\dashv$ flat modality $\dashv$ sharp modality)
$(ʃ \dashv \flat \dashv \sharp )$
dR-shape modality $\dashv$ dR-flat modality
$ʃ_{dR} \dashv \flat_{dR}$
(reduction modality $\dashv$ infinitesimal shape modality $\dashv$ infinitesimal flat modality)
$(\Re \dashv \Im \dashv \&)$
fermionic modality $\dashv$ bosonic modality $\dashv$ rheonomy modality
$(\rightrightarrows \dashv \rightsquigarrow \dashv Rh)$
Models
Models for Smooth Infinitesimal Analysis
smooth algebra ($C^\infty$-ring)
differential equations, variational calculus
Chern-Weil theory, ∞-Chern-Weil theory
Cartan geometry (super, higher)
For Jacobian in the sense of Jacobian variety (of an algebraic curve), see there (also more general intermediate Jacobians).
If $f : \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^m$ is a $C^1$-differentiable map, between Cartesian spaces, its Jacobian matrix is the $(m \times n)$ matrix
where $x = (x^1,\ldots,x^n)$. Here the convention is that the upper index is a row index and the lower index is the column index; in particular $\mathbf{R}^n$ is the space of real column vectors of length $n$.
In more general situation, if $f = (f^1(x),\ldots,f^m(x))$ is differentiable at a point $x$ (and possibly defined only in a neighborhood of $x$), we define the Jacobian $J_p f$ of map $f$ at point $x$ as a matrix with real values $(J_p f)^i_j = \frac{\partial f^i}{\partial x^j}|_x$.
That is, the Jacobian is the matrix which describes the total derivative.
If $n=m$ the Jacobian matrix is a square matrix, hence its determinant $det(J(f))$ is defined and called the Jacobian of $f$ (possibly only at a point). Sometimes one refers to Jacobian matrix rather ambigously by Jacobian as well.
The chain rule may be phrased by saying that the Jacobian matrix of the composition $\mathbf{R}^n\stackrel{f}\to\mathbf{R}^m\stackrel{g}\to\mathbf{R}^r$ is the matrix product of the Jacobian matrices of $g$ and of $f$ (at appropriate points).
If $g:M\to N$ is a $C^1$-map of $C^1$-manifolds, then the tangent map $T g: T M\to T N$ defined point by point abstractly by $(T_p g)(X_p)(f) = X_p(f\circ g)$, for $p\in M$, can in local coordinates be represented by a Jacobian matrix. Namely, if $(U,\phi)\ni p$ and $(V,\psi)\ni g(p)$ are charts and $X_p = \sum X^i\frac{\partial}{\partial x^i}|_p$ (i.e. $X_p(f) = \sum_i X^i_p \frac{\partial (f\circ \phi^{-1})}{\partial x^i}|_{\phi(p)}$ for all germs $f\in \mathcal{F}_p$), then