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Set of continuity points of a real function

I have a question about subsets $$ A \subseteq \mathbb R $$ for which there exists a function $$f : \mathbb R \to \mathbb R$$ such that the set of continuity points of $f$ is $A$. Can I characterize ...
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Best book for topology?

I am a graduate student of math right now but I was not able to get a topology subject in my undergrad... I just would like to know if you guys know the best one..
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Perfect set without rationals

Give an example of a perfect set in $\mathbb R^n$ that does not contain any of the rationals. (Or prove that it does not exist).
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Projection map being a closed map

Let $\pi: X \times Y \to X$ be a projection map where $Y$ is compact. Prove that $\pi$ is a closed map. First I would like to see a proof of this claim. I want to know that here why compactness is ...
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Any open subset of $\Bbb R$ is a countable union of disjoint open intervals. [Collecting Proofs]

This question has probably been asked. However, I am not interested in just getting the answer to it. Rather, I am interested in collecting as many different proofs of it which are as diverse as ...
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Elementary proof that $\mathbb{R}^n$ is not homeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^m$

It is very elementary to show that $\mathbb{R}$ isn't homeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^m$ for $m>1$: subtract a point and use the fact that connectedness is a homeomorphism invariant. Along similar ...
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Continuous bijection from $(0,1)$ to $[0,1]$

Does there exist a continuous bijection from $(0,1)$ to $[0,1]$? Of course the map should not be a proper map.
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Choosing a text for a First Course in Topology

Which is a better textbook - Dugundji or Munkres? I'm concerned with clarity of exposition and explanation of motivation, etc.
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Why is this quotient space not Hausdorff?

I am trying to show that the following space is not Hausdorff. Consider the topological space $S^1$, and let $r$ be an irrational number. Consider the action of $\mathbb{Z}$ on $S^1$ given by $$ ...
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Multiples of an irrational number forming a dense subset

Say you picked your favorite irrational number $q$ and looking at $S = \{nq: n\in \mathbb{Z} \}$ in $\mathbb{R}$, you chopped off everything but the decimal of $nq$, leaving you with a number in ...
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Polish Spaces and the Hilbert Cube

I've been trying to prove that every Polish Space is homeomorphic to a $G_\delta$ subspace of the Hilbert Cube. There is a hint saying that given a countable dense subset of the Polish space $\{x_n : ...
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Locally Constant Functions on Connected Spaces are Constant

I am trying to show that a function that is locally constant on a connected space is, in fact, constant. I have looked at this related question but my approach is a little different than the suggested ...
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$X$ is Hausdorff if and only if the diagonal of $X\times X$ is closed

Let $X$ be a topological space. The diagonal of $X \times X$ is the subset $$D = \{(x,x)\in X\times X\mid x \in X\}.$$ Show that $X$ is Hausdorff if and only if $D$ is closed in $X \times X$. ...
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What concept does an open set axiomatise?

In the context of metric (and in general first-countable) topologies, it's reasonably clear what a closed set is: a set $F$ is closed if and only if every convergent sequence of points in $F$ ...
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The set of ultrafilters on an infinite set

After recently learning about filters and ultrafilters, we looked into further problems and properties. I am having trouble with this one: If $X$ is an infinite set, then the set of all ultrafilters ...
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What's going on with “compact implies sequentially compact”?

I've seen both counterexamples and proofs to "compact implies sequentially compact", and I'm not sure what's going on. Apparently there are compact spaces which are not sequentially compact; quick ...
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Functions which are Continuous, but not Bicontinuous

What are some examples of functions which are continuous, but whose inverse is not continuous? nb: I changed the question after a few comments, so some of the below no longer make sense. Sorry.
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Subgroup of $\mathbb{R}$ either dense or has a least positive element?

Let's say $G$ is some additive subgroup of $\mathbb{R}$ that has at least two elements. From what I understand, $G$ is then either dense in $\mathbb{R}$, or has some least positive element. What is ...
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Proving that the set of limit points of a set is closed

From Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis (Chapter 2, Exercise 6) Let $E'$ be the set of all limit points of a set $E$. Prove that $E'$ is closed. I think I got it but my argument is ...
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Topologist's sine curve

Is there a (preferably elementary) proof that the graph of the function $y$ defined on $[0,1)$ by $$ y(x) = \left\{\begin{array}{ll} \sin\left(\frac{1}{x}\right) & \mbox{if $0\lt x \lt 1$,}\\ 0 ...
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Accumulation points of uncountable sets

Given any uncountable subset $S$ of the unit interval. Then $S$ clearly has an accumulation point and indeed uncountably many (which might also be a nice exercise). So my question is: Is there an ...
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Arcwise connected part of $\mathbb R^2$

Helo ! Here's a question that I share: Show that if $D$ is a countable subset of $\mathbb R^2$ (provided with its usual toplogie) then $X=\mathbb R^2 \backslash D $ is arcwise connected
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Are there more general spaces than Euclidean spaces to have the Heine–Borel property?

From Wikipedia A metric space (or topological vector space) is said to have the Heine–Borel property if every closed and bounded subset is compact. Any subset of a Euclidean space, including ...
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$\limsup $ and $\liminf$ of a sequence of subsets relative to a topology

From Wikipedia if $\{A_n\}$ is a sequence of subsets of a topological space $X$, then: $\limsup A_n$, which is also called the outer limit, consists of those elements which are limits of ...
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Your favourite application of the Baire Category Theorem

I think I remember reading somewhere that the Baire Category Theorem is supposedly quite powerful. Whether that is true or not, it's my favourite theorem (so far) and I'd love to see some applications ...
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Defining a manifold without reference to the reals

The standard definition I've seen for a manifold is basically that it's something that's locally the same as $\mathbb{R}^n$, without the metric structure normally associated with $\mathbb{R}^n$. ...
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Soft Question - Intuition of the meaning of homology groups

I'm studying homology groups and I'm looking to try and develop, if possible, a little more intuition about what they actually mean. I've only been studying homology for a short while, so if possible ...
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How many connected components does $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb R)$ have?

I've noticed that $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb R)$ is not a connected space, because if it were $\det(\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb R))$ (where $\det$ is the function ascribing to each $n\times n$ matrix its ...
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How to understand compactness? [duplicate]

How to understand the compactness in topology space in intuitive way?
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Any two points in a Stone space can be disconnected by clopen sets

Let $B$ be a Stone space (compact, Hausdorff, and totally disconnected). Then I am basically certain (because of Stone's representation theorem) that if $a, b \in B$ are two distinct points in $B$, ...
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A and B disjoint, A compact, and B closed implies there is positive distance between both sets

Claim: Let $X$ be a metric space. If $A,B\in X$ are disjoint, if A is compact, and if B is closed, then $\exists \delta>0: |\alpha-\beta|\geq\delta\;\;\;\forall\alpha\in A,\beta\in B$. Proof. ...
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Proof that convex open sets in $\mathbb{R}^n$ are homeomorphic?

This is an exercise from Kelley's book. Could someone help to show me a proof? It seems very natural, and it is easy to prove by utilizing the arctan function in $\mathbb{R}^1$. Thanks a lot.
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is a net stronger than a transfinite sequence for characterizing topology?

For metric spaces, knowledge of the convergence of sequences determines the topology completely. A set is closed in the metric topology if and only if it is closed under the limit of convergent ...
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Basic facts about ultrafilters and convergence of a sequence along an ultrafilter

Could you help, please. I need the information about the ultrafilters, namely, any ideas how one can see that they exist and a proof of the fact that for any ultrafilter every sequence on a compact ...
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compactness / sequentially compact

I'm looking for two examples: A space which is compact but not sequentially compact A space which is sequentially compact but not compact Explanations why the spaces are compact / not compact and ...
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Connected metric spaces with at least 2 points are uncountable.

That's a problem I proved (quite a while back) in tiny Rudin. However, I don't really get it. The other questions were actually useful results - I don't think I've ever come near using this result. ...
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Equivalent metrics determine the same topology

Suppose that there are given two distance functions $d(x,y)$ and $d_1 (x,y)$ on the same space $S$. They are said to be equivalent if they determine the same open sets. Show that $d$ and $d_1$ are ...
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About connected Lie Groups

How can I prove that a connected Lie Group is generated by any neighborhood of the identity? The result is almost trivial for $R^n$ but I tried using the open subgroup generated by this ...
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Is it true that a subset that is closed in a closed subspace of a topological space is closed in the whole space?

I have a non homework related question from a text and require a nice clear proof/disproof please Is it true that a subset that is closed in a closed subspace of a topological space is closed in the ...
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Introductory book on Topology [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: choosing a topology text best book for topology? What book would you recommend for an undergraduate wanting to learn the basics of topology? I've come across several ...
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Example where closure of $A+B$ is different from sum of closures of $A$ and $B$

I need a counter example. I need two subsets $A, B$ of $\mathbb{R}^n$ so that $\text{Cl}(A+ B)$ is different of $\text{Cl}(A) + \text{Cl}(B)$, where $\text{Cl}(A)$ is the closure of $A$, and $A + B = ...
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prove Taylor of $R(a)$ converges $R$ but its sum equals $R(a)$ for $a$ in interval.Which interval? Pls I'm glad to give an idea or hint?:

$T(a)=\begin{cases} 0 & a\leq 0\\ e^{-1/a} & a>0 \end{cases}$ $Z(a)=\begin{cases}0 & a\geq 1\\ (1+a) e^{-1/(1-a)} & a<1 \end{cases}$ $p=\int_{-1}^{1}Z(x)dx$ ...
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Is $[0,1]$ a countable disjoint union of closed sets?

Can you express $[0,1]$ as a countable disjoint union of closed sets, other than the trivial way of doing this?
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Why does a convex set have the same interior points as its closure?

Let $C$ be a convex subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$. I've been trying for hours to prove that $\dot{\overline{C}}=\dot{C}$. Somehow my intuition completely fails me. I found a proof in a textbook, but just ...
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A compact Hausdorff space that is not metrizable

Is there an example of a compact Hausdorff space that is not metrizable? I was thinking maybe the space of continuous functions $f: X \rightarrow Y$ between topological spaces $X, Y$, might work, but ...
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Connectivity, Path Connectivity and Differentiability

I have two questions which pertain to differentiability, connectivity and path connectivity. Ocasionally, I will encounter an author who defines connectivity in the following way: An open subset $U$ ...
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Continuous Functions from $\mathbb{R}$ to $\mathbb{Q}$

The following is not a homework problem. I am doing it for self study. Prove that any continuous function from $\mathbb{R}$ to $\mathbb{Q}$ is constant. Here is my proof: Let ...
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On the product of separable spaces.

I already figured out how to show that the countable product of separable topological spaces is separable, but I'm out of ideas when the index set has cardinality of $c$. My textbook says it is ...
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prove that the sphere with a hair in $IR^{3}$ is not locally Euclidean at q. Hence it cannot be a topological manifold.

A fundamental theorem of topology, the theorem on invariance of dimension, states that if two nonempty open sets $U ⊂ R_{n}$ and $V ⊂ R_{m}$ are homeomorphic, then n = m. prove that the sphere with a ...
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How can I prove formally that the projective plane is a Hausdorff space?

I want to prove the Hausdorff property of the projective space with this definition: the sphere $S^n$ with the antipodal points identified. It's seems easy, but I can't prove formally with this ...