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Topology question

  1. Nov 4, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    What is the torus excluding a disc homeomorphic to?

    What is the boundary of a torus (excluding a disc)?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    RP^2 X RP^2?

    As a guess.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2007
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  3. Nov 4, 2007 #2


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    Excluding a disk? You mean you slice a disk out of the torus? What's left is simply connected and looks to me like it is homeomorhic to a ball.
  4. Nov 4, 2007 #3
    Yes, slice out a disk. A torus is a surface so it hollow? A ball is a solid. The torus still has a hole in it. How can it be homeomorphic to a ball?

    I'd say it is homeomorphic to a proper torous which is homeomorphic to what?
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  5. Nov 4, 2007 #4
    What is the boundary of a torus excluding a disc?
  6. Nov 4, 2007 #5

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    What is it homeorphic to? Infinitely many things, obviously. But I don't immediately see them as being interesting. Now, what is it homotopic to, there is an interesting question.

    The boundary of a torus excluding a (closed) disc is obvious, surely. What do you think happens to an object without a boundary if we remove something like a disc?
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