Hey everyone, I think I am making the following WAY too difficult. Does anyone have insight into A) whether the following is even correct or B) an easier way to do it (as I am sure there is one).

Problem:Let be a locally Euclidean space of dimension . Call an open subset of a Euclidean ball if for some open . Prove that has an open base of Euclidean balls.

Proof:Let be arbitrary and let be the guaranteed Euclidean ball containing with the necessary homeomorphism. Let (each of these balls are open in for obvious reasons) and . Clearly contains open subset of , but since is in fact open we see that each element of is open in . So, set . By previous comment this is a class of open subsets of . Also, is a homeomorphism and so is in fact a collection of Euclidean balls. It remains to show that it's a base.

So, let be arbitrary and any neighborhood of . Thus, keeping the notation of the previous paragraph we have that is an open subspace of and so is an open subset of . So, there exists some . It follows that and . The conclusion follows. .

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