# Homework Help: If I is open interval, prove I is an open set

1. Sep 11, 2011

### Shackleford

Is this a good-enough proof? I could have used neighborhoods to show this, but it seems like this way is a bit easier.

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2. Sep 11, 2011

### gauss^2

You have really only changed the problem from showing that one set is open to showing that two are closed; you'll need to use neighborhoods either way. Much simpler to just take $x \in (a,b)$ (assuming $a < b$) and take $r$ to be the minimum of $b-x$ and $x-a$ so that $x - r >= x - (x-a) = a$ and $x + r <= x + (b-x) = b$. Then $(x-r, x+r) \subset (a,b)$ holds so that $x$ is an interior point of $(a,b)$.

3. Sep 11, 2011

### Shackleford

Well, I also used the fact that if one set is open, its complement is closed. I suppose that's not enough, though.

The professor suggested the method you just did.