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More examples of Quotient Spaces

Topology MTH 441 Fall 2009

Abhijit Champanerkar

1. Let P = {{(x, y)| x y = c}| c R} be a partition of R2 . Note that

P is a union of parallel lines. Describe the quotient space R2 / .
2. Let X be a topological space and A X. Let P be a partition of X
which consists of the sets A and {x} for x X A. Let X/A denote
the quotient space with respect to this partition. In X/A, the set A is
identified to a point. Describe X/A and draw pictures for the following:
(a) X = {(x, y, z)| x2 + y 2 = 1} and A = {(x, y, 0)| x2 + y 2 = 1}.
(b) X = S 2 and A is the equator in the xy-plane.
3. (Torus) Let T 2 be the torus defined as a quotient space of the square.
Let b > a > 0. Consider the map F : [0, 1] [0, 1] R3 defined by
F (s, t) = ((b+a cos(2t)) cos(2s), (b+a cos(2t)) sin(2s), a sin(2t)).
Show that:
(a) F is a quotient map onto its image.
(b) F factors to a map f from T 2 to R3 .
(c) f is a homeomorphism onto its image.
Note: The image of F is an imbedding of the torus in R3 thought of
as a boundary of a doughnut. The equations in F are obtained by a
parametrization of this torus as a surface of revolution of a circle of
radius a centered at (b, 0, 0) in the xzplane and revolving about the
zaxis in counterclockwise direction. This shows that the torus as a
quotient space of [0, 1] [0, 1] is homeomorphic to the torus we draw in
R3 . Since we know that T 2 is homeomorphic to S 1 S 1 , this exercise
shows that the boundary of a doughnut is homemorphic to S 1 S 1 .


4. For x = (x1 , . . . , xn ) Rn let |x| = x21 + . . . + x2n . |x| is the length
of x. Let B n = {x Rn | |x| < 1 }. B n is the open unit ball in Rn in
the Euclidean metric. Define h : B n Rn and k : Rn B n by
h(x) =

1 |x|

k(x) =

1 + |x|

Show that h and k are continuous and inverses of each other. This
shows that B n is homeomorphic to Rn .
5. (Spheres) Let S n = {x Rn+1 | |x| = 1 }. The n-sphere S n is the set
of all unit vectors in Rn+1 . Let Dn = {x Rn | |x| 1 }. Dn is the
closed unit ball in Rn . Note that the boundary of Dn is S n1 . This
exercise will show that S n is obtained by identifying the boundary of
Dn to one point.
Let N = (0, . . . , 0, 1) S n be the north pole. Define f : S n N Rn
f (x) = (
1 xn+1
1 xn+1
This map is called the stereographic projection. Define g : Rn
S n N by
|x|2 1
g(x) = ( 2
,..., 2
, 2
|x| + 1
|x| + 1 |x| + 1
We can use any any point of S n instead of the north pole. The picture
below illustrates the stereographic projection for S 2 .



(a) Show that f and g are continuous and inverses of each other. This
shows that S n N and Rn are homeomorphic.
(b) Define F : Dn S n by

F (x) =

g(h(x)) if |x| < 1

if |x| = 1

Show that F is a quotient map.

(c) Show that Dn /S n1 is homeomorphic to S n .
6. (Projective spaces) Define the following quotient spaces:
For x S n , let x x. Let X = S n / .
For x Dn , let x x if |x| = 1 otherwise x x. Let Y =
Dn / .
For x, y Rn+1 {0}, let x y if y = x for some non-zero real
. Let Z = Rn+1 / .
Show that
(a) The spaces X, Y and Z are homeomorphic to each other. This
space is known as the n-dimensional real projective space and
denoted by RPn .
(b) RP2 is homeomorphic to the projective plane P 2 .
7. (Hawaiian earring) Let X = {(x, y)| (x n1 )2 + y 2 = ( n1 )2 , n Z+ }.
X is called a Hawaiian earring and it consists of infinitely many circles
glued at one point. Let Y = R/Z. Y also consists of infinitely many
circles glued at one point. Draw pictures of both. Show that X is not
homeomorphic to Y . This is an example where the quotient space is
not homeomorphic to the picture imbedded in R2 .

8. (Attaching maps) We can use continuous functions to glue two spaces to

each other. Let X and Y be topological spaces, A Y and f : A X
be a continuous function. Define a relation on X t Y (disjoint union
of X and Y ) as follows:
a f (a) for a A
x x for x X f (A)
y y for x Y A
The quotient space (X t Y )/ is denoted by X f Y and f is called
the attaching map. Find X f Y for the following:
(a) X = Y = D2 , A = S 1 and f : S 1 D2 is the inclusion.
(b) X be the Mobius band, Y = D2 , A = S 1 and f : S 1 M be
the homeomorphism of S 1 with the boundary circle of the Mobius
(c) For  > 0 and very small, let B = {(x, y)| (x1/2)2 +(y 1/2)2 <
} [0, 1] [0, 1]. Let X = Y = T 2 B. Note that X and Y
are homeomorphic to a torus with a small open disc removed and
have a circle as boundary. Let A = Y and let f : Y X be
the identification with the boundary of X.