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    homeomorphism from a partition of R^2 to (S^1) x (S^1)

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    Find an equivalence relation \sim on \mathbb{R}\times\mathbb{R} such that \mathbb{R}\times\mathbb{R}/\sim is homeomorphic to S^1\times S^1.
    (Recall that S_1:=\{x\in\mathbb{R}^2:|x|=1\} is the unit circle in \mathbb{R}^2.)

    This is my first time dealing with quotient topologies and unit spheres and such, so I'm a little unsure. I was thinking of defining \sim as the relation induced by the partition P\times P of \mathbb{R}^2, where

    P:=\{(-\infty,0]\cup[2\pi,\infty),\{\theta\}:\theta\in(0,2\pi)\}.

    We define the bijection \varphi from S_1 onto P by \varphi(0)=(-\infty,0]\cup[2\pi,\infty) and \varphi(\theta)=\{\theta\} whenever \theta\in(0,2\pi). Then the map from S_1\times S_1 to P\times P=\mathbb{R}^2/\sim defined by (\theta_1,\theta_2)\mapsto(\varphi(\theta_1),\varp  hi(\theta_2)) is a homeomorphism... or at least I think it is.

    My first question is, do I really have a solution, or have I made a mistake? My second question is, assuming that my solution works, how do I prove it?

    Thanks!
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    From "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torus#Topology",
    "The torus can also be described as a quotient of the Cartesian plane under the identifications

    (x,y) ~ (x+1,y) ~ (x,y+1).
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