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Metric spaces are sets on which a metric is defined. A metric is a generalisation of the concept of "distance". Metric spaces should not be confused with topological spaces.

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### If $X$ is a compact metric space and $E_n$ is closed nonempty subset, show that $\cap_{n=1}^\infty E_n$ is nonempty.

Suppose that $(X,d)$ is a compact metric space and $(E_n)$ is any sequence of nonempty closed subsets of $X$ with $E_{n+1}\subset E_n$ for all $n\in\mathbb{N}$. Show that $\cap_{n=1}^\infty E_n$ is ...
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### How limiting/ heavy is the “triangle inequality” assumption?

Suppose a theorem proves something about a family of distance measures, with this the triangle inequality assumption. How limiting this assumption is in reality? What are some real-world examples of ...
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### Proving $\mathbb{R}/\sim$ is homeomorphic to unit circle

Let $S$ be the unit circle in $\mathbb{C}$, standard topology. Define the equiv. rel. $\sim$ on $\mathbb{R}$ as $x\sim y\iff x - y\in\mathbb{Z}$. I would like to prove that $\mathbb{R}/\sim$ is ...
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### Continuity of a function between metric spaces

I want to show: Let $(X,d)$ be a metric space and $A \subset X$ be a closed subset. Define $f: X \to \mathbb{R}$ by $$f(x) = d(x,A) := \inf_{y\in A}d(x,y), \phantom{.} \forall x \in X.$$ Show ...
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### Proof that a subset of metric space with euclidian norm is open iff the same subset is open in metric space with Manhattan norm

For $\mathbb{R}^2$ we have the euclidian norm $$(x_1,x_2)\mapsto\sqrt{x_1^2+x_2^2},$$ and the Manhattan norm $$(x_1,x_2)\mapsto|x_1|+|x_2|.$$ Let $d_E$ and $d_M$ be the metrics defined by these norms, ...
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### How to resolve the apparent paradox resulting from two different proofs?

Definition of Open Ball Let $(X, d)$ be a metric space and let $r\in\mathbb{R}^+$. Then the set, $B_d(x, r) := \{y \in X : d(x, y) < r\}$ will be said to be the open ball of radius $r$ ...
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### Why is it that for any rational numbers $a < b$, the interval $[a, b]$ in $\mathbb{Q}$ is not compact with respect to this metric?

Suppose $q$ is any nonzero rational number and $p$ is a fixed prime. If $q = p^k\frac{n}{m}$ for integers $n$ and $m$, neither of which has $p$ as a factor, then we define $|q|_p := p^{−k}$. We can ...
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### How can I show that the sequence $a_n := p^n$ is a convergent sequence in this metric and find its limit?

Suppose $q$ is any nonzero rational number and $p$ is a fixed prime. If $q = p^k\frac{n}{m}$ for integers $n$ and $m$, neither of which has $p$ as a factor, then we define $|q|_p := p^{−k}$. We can ...
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### Equicontinuous homotopies of families of uniformly equicontinuous functions

Let $f\colon X \to Y$ be a uniformly continuous function. Then I think it is "well-known" that it may be approximated by a Lipschitz function, and how well one can do this depends on the modulus of ...
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### Does a mapping from one metric space to another metric space preserve star-likeness of regions?

Let $X$ be a vector space, let $M_1 = \left(X, d_1\right)$ be a metric space and let $M_2 = \left(X, d_2\right)$ be another one. $f : M_1 \to M_2$ is continuous and the origin is a fixed point. $f$ ...