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Homework Help: Cluster point confusion

  1. Nov 30, 2005 #1
    cluster point confusion....

    Fog Fog Fog....
    Ok,Here's the question:
    Let A denote the open interval (0,1).Show that the set of Cluster points of A in [tex]R^1[/tex] is [0,1].
    Our textbook sez that [tex]R^1[/tex] is defined as the absolute value metric, i.e. [tex]\rho[/tex](x,y)=|x-y|
    So I know (and have proven) that (0,1) is uncountable and that there are infinitely many points between any 2 points in (0,1). It is easy for me to understand that the definition of a cluster point
    we which we have as:
    "let M,[tex]\rho[/tex] be a metric space and suppose A [tex]\subset[/tex]M. The point a [tex]\in[/tex]M is called a cluster point of A in M if, for every h>0, there exists a point x[tex]\in[/tex]A such that 0,[tex]\rho[/tex](x,a)<h."
    is fulfilled....no matter what h I pick, I will always be able to find some x....
    I just don't know where to start to write it down in a fashion that my prof. would accept. He's VERY picky and I'm VERY tired.
    Give me some nudges, please...
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    Last edited: Nov 30, 2005
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  3. Dec 1, 2005 #2

    matt grime

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    It's just the closure.

    If you need to use the definition as given, and you already know that the answer is [0,1] just do it: if x is not in [0,1] show it is not a cluster point, and if x is in [0,1] show it is a cluster point, obviously all points in (0,1) are cluster points, so it only remains to show that 1 and 0 are cluster points which is exactly as hard as knowing that 1/n tends to 0
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