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    closure

    prove:

    \overline\emptyset = \emptyset

    \overline X = X
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    both sets are both open (definition of topology). In particular, they are complements of one another, thus the complement of each is open and hence each one is also closed. The closure of a closed set is itself.
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    THANK you,but i meant to prove the two relations by using the definition of a point of adherence and not the theorem:

    A is closed iff \overline A = A
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    So you mean like \overline A = A \cup A'?

    1) Suppose x\in X were a "point of adherence" as you guys call them apparently. Then for any open U containing x, you need U \cap \emptyset \not = \emptyset but this is clearly not possible. So the set of all points of adherence of \emptyset is \emptyset.

    2) Similarly suppose x\in X were a "point of adherence." Then for any open U containing x, U \cap X = U \supset \{x\} \not = \emptyset. So every point in X is a point of adherence, so yeah, you are done.
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