Find a closed interval topology

1. Aug 23, 2010

g1990

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Let X be an ordered set where every closed interval is compact. Prove that X has the least upper bound property.

2. Relevant equations
X having the least upper bound property means that every nonempty subset that is bounded from above has a least upper bound, in other words, an upper bound where any number less that it is not an upper bound.
Compact means that every open cover has a finite subcover.

3. The attempt at a solution
Let A be a subset of X that is bounded from above. I know I should try to find a closed interval from this, but I'm not sure where to get it from.

2. Aug 23, 2010

nonequilibrium

Re: topology

Hello,
I'll try to give an intuitive explanation.

"Let A be a subset of X that is bounded from above."
If A has a greatest element, we're done. If A does not, we can focus on an interval B of the form [...[ with $$A \cap B = B$$. Note that B has no greatest element thus there is an open cover that has no finite subcover (is there?).
Define $$C = \overline{B}$$.
• If C = B, then B is closed and thus compact (CONTRADICTION! (?))
• So C has at least an element more than B. What is this element?