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    Connectedness

    Prove that any infinte set with co-finite topology is connected.
    Does this question even make sense?

    Let (X,T) be an infinite space with co-finite topology.
    Let (U,V) be a two point discrete space where U=\{0,1\}.

    Let f: X \rightarrow U be any continuous function.

    I need to show that f is constant.

    My big problem is this:

    We know f^{-1}(1) and f^{-1}(0) are open.

    Hence f^{-1}(0), \ f^{-1}(1) \in T.

    However, X-T is finite so there exist finitely many points x_1, \ldots , x_n where f(x_i) \neq 0 or 1 where i=1, \ldots , n.

    By that reasoning, we have a finite number of points where the function is not defined. These points are in X so the function is discontinuous at each x_i.

    Why is this right or wrong?
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    Suppose an infinite set X with cofinite topology were disconnected. Then there are open subsets U,V such that U\cap V=\varnothing and U\cup V=X. In particular, we have that both U and X\setminus U are open in the co-finite topology. Is that possible?
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    No! that's not possible! =D

    If a set U is open, it's complement should be closed! (That I do know!)

    I was misinterpreting what a co-finite topology was. I didn't realise that X \setminus U was also open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Showcase_22 View Post
    No! that's not possible! =D

    If a set U is open, it's complement should be closed! (That I do know!)

    I was misinterpreting what a co-finite topology was. I didn't realise that X \setminus U was also open.
    The cofinite topology is a neat one in the sense that it cannot support two disjoint open sets. Thus it is also, in fact, a T_1 space which is not Hausdorff. Also, it is clear that since every totally disconnected space is Hausdorff that a cofinite space is also not totally disconnected (this was immediately obvious before actually doing the question was my point)

    A more interesting question you may want to ask yourself: is a cofinite space every locally connected?
    Last edited by Drexel28; March 15th 2010 at 10:19 AM.
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