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Homework Help: Isometry problem, pls help

  1. Feb 13, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Let (K, d) and (K', d') be two compact metric spaces and let f:K-->K' and g:K'--->K be isometries. Show that f(K)=K' and g(K')=K

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that isometry implies that I can find one-to-one correspondence mapping, but not sure how to show both function and inverse function are subjective. Please help. Thanks!
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 13, 2009 #2
    I can't follow your attempt: we are not looking to 'find' a map. Could you please write out your work in full. It also helps to write out the definitions of the key terms: e.g., isometry, compact.

    Are you aware of the theorem which says that an isometry [tex]h:X\to X[/tex] on a compact metric space X is surjective?

    If so, the result you want to show is just a corollary of this. If not, then this is a good statement to prove.
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