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Boundary of an open set in R2 is a limit point?

  1. Feb 19, 2013 #1
    I have kind of a simple point set topology question. If I am in ℝ2 and I have a connected open set, call it O, then is it true that all points on the boundary ∂O are limit points of O? I guess I'm stuck envisioning as O as, at least homeomorphic, to an open disk of radius epsilon. So it seems obvious that any points on the boundary would be limit points. But is that true in general?
     
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  3. Feb 19, 2013 #2

    WannabeNewton

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    Let [itex]U\subseteq \mathbb{R}^{n}[/itex] be connected and open and non empty. [itex]p\in \partial U[/itex] if and only if every neighborhood of [itex]p[/itex] contains both a point in [itex]U[/itex] (and in [itex]\mathbb{R}^{n}\setminus U[/itex] but we don't care about that here). Let [itex]p\in \partial U[/itex] and assume there exists a neighborhood [itex]V[/itex] of [itex]p[/itex] in [itex]\mathbb{R}^{n}[/itex] such that [itex]V\cap U = \left \{ p \right \}[/itex] (we know of course that [itex]U\supset \left \{ p \right \}[/itex]). This implies [itex]\left \{ p \right \}[/itex] is a non - empty proper clopen subset of [itex]U[/itex] which is a contradiction because [itex]U[/itex] is connected. Thus, [itex]p[/itex] is a limit point of [itex]U[/itex].
     
  4. Feb 20, 2013 #3
    thank you very much!
     
  5. Feb 20, 2013 #4

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    Should work for any Hausdorff connected space and not just euclidean space as far as I can see. Was there a particular reason for this question or did it just pop into your head for fun or something= D? Cheers!
     
  6. Feb 20, 2013 #5

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    Unfortunately this does not work since open sets will not contain their boundary points. Luckily that observation gives us a way to fix the proof. All we now have to note is that the boundary point condition implies that every nbhd of p non-trivially intersects U - {p} = U.
     
  7. Feb 20, 2013 #6

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    Totally missed that detail haha. Maybe the OP didn't mean to say open but another class of subsets because he was trying to use connectedness explicitly. Anyways, I gotta go to class now so cheers!
     
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