Example 1 in James Munkres' book, Topology (2nd Edition) reads as follows:

Munkres states that the map p is 'readily seen' to be surjective, continuous and closed.

My problem is with showing (rigorously) that it is indeed true that the map p is continuous and closed.

Regarding the continuity of a function Munkres says the following on page 102:

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Let $\displaystyle X$ and $\displaystyle Y$ be topological spaces. A function $\displaystyle f \ : \ X \to Y $ is said to be continuous if for each open subset V of Y, the set $\displaystyle f^{-1} (V) $ is an open subset of X.

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Yes ... fine ... but how do we use such a definition to prove or demonstrate the continuity of p in the example?

Can someone show me how we use the definition (or some theorems) in practice to demonstrate/ensure continuity?

I have a similar issue with showing p to be a closed map.

On page 137 Munkres writes the following:

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A map $\displaystyle p$ "is said to be a closed map if for each closed set $\displaystyle A$ of $\displaystyle X$ the set $\displaystyle p(A)$ is closed in $\displaystyle Y$"

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Again, I understand the definition, I think, but how do we use it to indeed demonstrate/prove the closed nature of the particular map p in Munkres example?

Hope someone can help clarify the above issues?

Peter

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