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Homework Help: Compact Metric Spaces

  1. Jun 10, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Is the following statement true: for every compact metric space X there is a constant N S.T. every subcover of X by balls of radius one has a subcover with at most N balls?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I know you're meant to post your working but I really can't get started on this one! I can't even work out which way I should be proving, I have no clue whether this is true or false :( I have a feeling it's true but that's really got no actual mathematical basis sadly. I know the definitions of compactness - each open cover must have a finite subcover - and of balls, metric space etc, but I'm not sure how to apply it or how to approach the problem. Could someone please please get me started? Many many thanks,

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  3. Jun 10, 2009 #2


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    Maybe your feeling it's true is holding you back from trying to construct a counterexample. Think about a closed disk of radius 2. What you want to do is construct a series of open covers with the number of open sets needed to cover going to infinity.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2009
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