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Homework Help: (Topology Problem) Finding an interesting homeomorphism

  1. Jun 5, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    NxNx[0,1) is homeomorphic to [0, 1). Find an explicit homeomorphism.
    (Note that N=naturals)

    2. Relevant equations
    A function f is a homeomorphism if:
    (1) f is bijective
    (2) f is continuous
    (3) f inverse is continuous

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Finding a map from [0, 1) to NxNx[0, 1) seems easier. So, we would have a function of the following structure:

    F([0, 1))=(g([0,1)), g([0, 1)), h([0, 1))) s.t. g([0, 1))=N and h([0, 1))=[0, 1), so clearly h is just the identity function, which is clearly bijective. Now, the question is how to get a function g that is bijective. [0, 1) is uncountable and N is countably infinite, so the cardinalities do not correspond. Perhaps my idea will not work. Let me know what you all think and feel free to express any other ideas.
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  3. Jun 5, 2012 #2
    I don't believe for a second that [itex]\mathbb{N}\times \mathbb{N}\times [0,1)[/itex] is homeomorphic to [itex][0,1)[/itex].
  4. Jun 5, 2012 #3


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    For one thing, [0, 1) is a connected set. NxNx[0, 1) is not connected.
  5. Jun 5, 2012 #4
    Whoops, I forgot to mentione that NxNx[0,1) has the dictionary order topology. Does this change your mind?
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