I Trying to understand terms in a problem

Mr Davis 97

Here is the problem: Let $C$ be a convex disc in the plane, and $C_1$ and $C_2$ be two translates of $C$. Prove that $C_1$ and $C_2$ are non-crossing, that is, it isn't possible that both $C_1 - C_2$ and $C_2 - C_1$ are non-connected.

Here is my question: What exactly do the terms "non-crossing" and "non-connected" mean? Are these terms coming from topology?

Math_QED

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Crossing is defined in your problem.

Connectedness is indeed a term from topology. A topological space $(X, \mathcal{T})$ is connected if the only clopen (= both closed and open) sets are $\emptyset$ and $X$. Or equivalently, $X$ is not a disjoint union of two (non-trivial) open sets.

Mr Davis 97

So as someone who has a limited understanding of topology, what would be a hint or a first step for this?

Math_QED

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So as someone who has a limited understanding of topology, what would be a hint or a first step for this?
How does your book define disk?

Mr Davis 97

A convex disc is any compact, convex set with non-empty interior

Mr Davis 97

How does your book define disk?
Any hints? I feel for someones who knows topology this would be an easy problem

Math_QED

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Any hints? I feel for someones who knows topology this would be an easy problem
It isn't an easy problem. I can't find a quick proof for your statement. Maybe ask to the person who assigned you this problem. Good luck.

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