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    Open Set

    I was wondering if someone could help with this question. I am stuck on part of the question showing that the following set is a regular surface in \mathbb{R}^3
    S =\{ p + uX + vY \mid u,v \in \mathbb{R} \}, i.e. the affine plane through a point p spanned by linearly independent vectors.

    In particular I am trying to show that the function f: \mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow S \cap \mathbb{R}^3 = S , given by f(x,y) =  p + xX + yY is a homeomorphism. I think its clear that it is bijective and continuous but I am having difficulty showing that it's inverse is continuous, that is for some open set O \subseteq \mathbb{R}^2,

    f(O) = S \cap E for some open set E in \mathbb{R}^3. How do I find out what E must be?

    any help would be appreciated
    Last edited by slevvio; October 18th 2010 at 06:16 AM.
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