How do I use proof by contradiction to show that the union of two connected sets is connected?
Let be connected sets such that . Assume by contradiction that is disconnected. Then there would exist two disjoint non-empty open subsets of such that (nb: are open for the induced topology on ). Let , . Then are disjoint open subsets of such that . Similarly, we can define for . Since and are connected, we must have either or , and either or . Each case leads to a contradiction. For instance, if and , then , whereas . If and , then and , hence ( are disjoint), which contradicts since .
Because . You should draw a diagram if you don't get it. I just split into two parts according to the partition of . If cut in two disjoint pieces, then their intersections with cut it also in two disjoint pieces.Also, you said
Then U_1,U_2 are disjoint open subsets of X such that U_1\cup U_2=X.
How do you know this fact that the union of U1 and U2 is X?