I'm reading Topology by Munkres, and I'm having some trouble with exercise 5 on page 92 (screenshot attached).(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Let X and X' denote a single set in the topologies T and T', respectively; let Y and Y' denote a single set in the topologies U and U', respectively. Assume these sets are nonempty.

Show that if T' is finer than T and U' is finer than U, then the product topology on X' x Y' is finer than the product topology on X x Y.

3. The attempt at a solution

I think this is a counterexample...

Let T = T' = U = U' be the standard topology on ℝ. Let X = Y = Y' = (0, 1). Let X' = (2, 3).

X is open in X and Y is open in Y → X x Y is open in X x Y.

X is not a subset of X' →X is not open in X' → X x Y is not open in X' x Y'.

Hence the product topology on X' x Y' is not finer than the product topology on X x Y.

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# Homework Help: Comparing product topologies

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