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    Trivial vector bundle problem

    I have a problem showing that any vector bundle E \to [0,1] is trivial.

    The hint given with the exercise is considering the biggest number t \in [0,1] so that \pi^{-1}([0,t]) \to [0,t] is trivial, but i don't get how to do that, in fact I'm not even sure what that last statement means.

    So far I think I've shown that for some t \in (0,1), we have a homeomorphism \pi^{-1}([0,t]) \to [0,t], since there must exist a homeomorphism to an open neighbourhood of 0, and we can restrict that. Also, [0,t] is homeomorphic to [0,1]. But where do I go from there?
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    I think it's going to go something like

    1) Show such a t exists.

    2) Show t=1 (assume <1 and get a contradiction).

    I suspect that connectedness and/or compactness will come into play, but I can't see the answer immediately.
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