# Word for "openness"/"closedness" of an interval

What word properly completes the phrase

the radius of convergence does not depend on the $$\text{______}$$ of the interval

to mean that it doesn't matter whether $$(a, b)$$, $$[a, b)$$, $$(a, b]$$, or $$[a, b]$$ is the correct answer?

• Openness and closedness don't really seem to work because the interval doesn't have to be either (it could be half-open, or, in $$\mathbb{R}^n$$, include any subset of its limit points).
• Strictness makes sense, because you can say that $$2$$, and not $$3$$, is "strictly between" $$1$$ and $$3$$. However, this only really makes sense (to me) once you know the meaning; if I saw the word strictness I wouldn't really know what it meant.
• Boundary and endpoints don't work because the boundary does matter—we care what $$a$$ and $$b$$ are, just not whether they're included in the interval.

This is for a Calculus II class, so topology, etc. are outside the scope of the curriculum.

Thoughts?

• @BrianFitzpatrick I don't think that works because it seems to imply that we don't care what $a$ and $b$ are. May 13, 2014 at 0:35
• Maybe "half-open/closedness" then? May 13, 2014 at 0:37
• "Half-open/closedness" is close but a bit too specific to $\mathbb{R}^1$. This is for a Calculus II class, so "topology" wouldn't be understandable. May 13, 2014 at 0:40
• Yes but your context is the interval of convergence of a power series. There's no reason to consider anything other than $\Bbb R^1$. May 13, 2014 at 0:47
• I might use the word 'type', or I would just rewrite the sentence (the radius of convergence does not depend on whether the interval includes the endpoints or not). May 13, 2014 at 0:53