# Algebraic Topology Question

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Let p:E->B be continuous and surjective. Suppose that U is an open set of B that is evenly covered by p. Show that if U is connected, then the partition of p^(-1)(U) into slices is unique.

Ok, I barely understand what it's asking me to show. Is it saying the partition of p^(-1)(U) is unique? Because I highly doubt it's that because any set can be partitioned many different ways!

I think it's saying that if we have a map p1:E->B that is continuous and surjective and that U is evenly covered by p1, then the partition p1^(-1)(U) will be the same as p^(-1)(U).

Is that it?

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matt grime
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What is the definition of 'evenly covered', and what is the definition of 'partitioned into slices'.

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I have no idea what the definition of "partitioned into slices" is.

Being purely honest here. I'll have to wait until I get home to look up the definition since Google isn't helping me here.

I found the solution online and haven't read it. Personally, I don't even want to glance at it to get the definition of whatever it is.

I know that every slice of p^(-1)(U) is connected because they are all homeomorphic to U by restricting p.

since U is evenly covered by p, p^-1( U) = union( V_k) where V_k are mutually disjoint open subsets of V, the V_k are the "slices" and {V_k} is a partition of p^-1( U) into slices

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since U is evenly covered by p, p^-1( U) = union( V_k) where V_k are mutually disjoint open subsets of V, the V_k are the "slices" and {V_k} is a partition of p^-1( U) into slices
Yeah, I already know that. I probably just overcomplicated the question.

I don't see how it's unique because you can partition p^(-1)(U) in other ways. That is by making every point in p^(-1)(U) a set and that union of sets is p^(-1)(U) and all the intersections are disjoint.

Yeah, I already know that. I probably just overcomplicated the question.

I don't see how it's unique because you can partition p^(-1)(U) in other ways. That is by making every point in p^(-1)(U) a set and that union of sets is p^(-1)(U) and all the intersections are disjoint.
those sets you create won't necessarily be slices, you need to show the partition of p^(-1)(U) into slices is unique, not just any partition

just go back to the definition
Let p:E->B be continuous. U subset B is evenly covered by p if p^-1(U) is a union of disjoint open sets in E, call them {V_j}, s.t. for each j the restriction of p to V_j is a homeomorphism of V_j onto U. In this case, the V_j's are called slices.

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Once you see why this is true you're going to kick yourself because it is quite simple. Here's the definition of partition into slices:

partition into slices = partition into disjoint open subsets such that the restriction of p to each open subset is a homeomorphism

mathwonk
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if you define the terms propwrly the reuslt is trivial. i.e. the slices are just conncetde components of the inverse image.

evenlycovered emans covering space.

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Once you see why this is true you're going to kick yourself because it is quite simple. Here's the definition of partition into slices:

partition into slices = partition into disjoint open subsets such that the restriction of p to each open subset is a homeomorphism
Oh boy, I know the feeling now.

I'll keep posting my Algebraic Topology questions here I guess.