# What is an example of an uncountable collection of disjoint closed sets?

In $R^2$. I was thinking of two disjoint sets, $A = \{(x,y)| y \ge 1, x > 0\}$ and $B = \{(x,0); x \ge 0 \}$. So I'm not really sure how to construct an uncountable collection of sets such as these.

• Your $A$ isn't closed . . . Feb 25, 2017 at 0:57

In a T1 space (of which a metric space like $\mathbb{R}^2$ is an example) every point set is closed, so it's enough to consider $\mathbb{R}^2$ as the disjoint union of its uncountably many points

$$\mathbb{R}^2 = \bigcup_{x \in \mathbb{R}^2}\, \{x\}.$$

• This is clearly the correct answer. Feb 25, 2017 at 1:08

For example, in $\mathbb R$, let $\mathbb I$ be the irrationals. Each singleton $\{i\}\in \mathbb I$ is, of course, closed, and disjoint with every other irrational. So $\{\{i\}, i\in\mathbb I\}$ is an uncountable collection of disjoint closed sets.

• . . . or just look at the reals. :P Feb 25, 2017 at 0:57

Each line "$x=c$" (for $c$ some constant) is closed, and if $c\not=d$ then the lines $x=c$ and $x=d$ don't intersect.
Here's one $$A:= \left\{(x,f(x)),f: \mathbb R \to \mathbb R,\:\: \: f:= \left\{ \begin {array}{ccc} =1 &if& x\in \mathbb Q\\ =0 & & o.w. \end{array} \right.\right\}$$
Note that each element is a singleton in $\mathbb R^2$. And are obviously disjoint. As the set of singltons in $\mathbb R$ is uncountable this implies that $A$ as a collection of uncountable disjoint sets.