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that are used to distinguish topological spaces.
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, which neither implies nor follows from connectedness.
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(with its unique topology) as a connected space, but this article does not follow that practice.
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are ''X'' and the empty set.
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(sets for which each is disjoint from the other's closure).
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functions from ''X'' to $\backslash $ are constant, where $\backslash $ is the two-point space endowed with the discrete topology.
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at the beginning of the 20th century. See for details.
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The components of any topological space $X$ form a of $X$: they are , non-empty, and their union is the whole space.
Every component is a closed subset
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of the original space. It follows that, in the case where their number is finite, each component is also an open subset. However, if their number is infinite, this might not be the case; for instance, the connected components of the set of the rational number
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sets containing $x$ (called quasi-component of $x.$) Then $\backslash Gamma\_x\; \backslash subset\; \backslash Gamma\text{'}\_x$ where the equality holds if $X$ is compact Hausdorff or locally connected.
Disconnected spaces

A space in which all components are one-point sets is called . Related to this property, a space ''X'' is called if, for any two distinct elements ''x'' and ''y'' of ''X'', there exist disjoint open sets ''U'' containing ''x'' and ''V'' containing ''y'' such that ''X'' is the union of ''U'' and ''V''. Clearly, any totally separated space is totally disconnected, but the converse does not hold. For example take two copies of the rational numbers Q, and identify them at every point except zero. The resulting space, with thequotient topology
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, is totally disconnected. However, by considering the two copies of zero, one sees that the space is not totally separated. In fact, it is not even , and the condition of being totally separated is strictly stronger than the condition of being Hausdorff.
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excluding the origin, $(0,\; 0),$ is connected, but is not simply connected. The three-dimensional Euclidean space without the origin is connected, and even simply connected. In contrast, the one-dimensional Euclidean space without the origin is not connected.
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s with the usual topology, is connected.
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is disconnected.
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, e.g. any Hilbert space
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or Banach space
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, over a connected field (such as $\backslash R$ or $\backslash Complex$), is simply connected.
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consists of two points and is connected. It is an example of a Sierpiński space.
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is totally disconnected; since the set contains uncountably many points, it has uncountably many components.
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to a connected space, then ''X'' is itself connected.
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is an example of a set that is connected but is neither path connected nor locally connected.
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and integral domains are connected. More generally, the following are equivalent
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over ''R'' has constant rank.
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$\backslash ne\; 0,\; 1$ (i.e., ''R'' is not a product of two rings in a nontrivial way).
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induced by two-dimensional Euclidean space.
Path connectedness

A is a stronger notion of connectedness, requiring the structure of a path. A path from a point ''x'' to a point ''y'' in atopological space
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''X'' is a continuous function ''ƒ'' from the unit interval
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,1to ''X'' with ''ƒ''(0) = ''x'' and ''ƒ''(1) = ''y''. A of ''X'' is an equivalence class
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of ''X'' under the equivalence relation
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which makes ''x'' equivalent to ''y'' if there is a path from ''x'' to ''y''. The space ''X'' is said to be path-connected (or pathwise connected or 0-connected) if there is exactly one path-component, i.e. if there is a path joining any two points in ''X''. Again, many authors exclude the empty space (note however that by this definition, the empty space is not path-connected because it has zero path-components; there is a unique equivalence relation on the empty set which has zero equivalence classes).
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R are connected if and only if
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they are path-connected; these subsets are the intervals of R.
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Arc connectedness

A space ''X'' is said to be or if any twotopologically distinguishable
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points can be joined by an arc, which is an embedding
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\to X. An arc-component of $X$ is a maximal arc-connected subset of $X$; or equivalently an equivalence class of the equivalence relation of whether two points can be joined by an arc or by a path whose points are topologically indistinguishable.
Every Hausdorff space
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that is path-connected is also arc-connected; more generally this is true for a Δ-Hausdorff space, which is a space where each image of a path is closed. An example of a space which is path-connected but not arc-connected is given by the line with two origins; its two copies of 0 can be connected by a path but not by an arc.
Intuition for path-connected spaces does not readily transfer to arc-connected spaces. Let $X$ be the line with two origins. The following are facts whose analogues hold for path-connected spaces, but do not hold for arc-connected spaces:
* Continuous image of arc-connected space may not be arc-connected: for example, a quotient map from an arc-connected space to its quotient with countably many (at least 2) topologically distinguishable points cannot be arc-connected due to too small cardinality.
* Arc-components may not be disjoint. For example, $X$ has two overlapping arc-components.
* Arc-connected product space may not be a product of arc-connected spaces. For example, $X\; \backslash times\; \backslash mathbb$ is arc-connected, but $X$ is not.
* Arc-components of a product space may not be products of arc-components of the marginal spaces. For example, $X\; \backslash times\; \backslash mathbb$ has a single arc-component, but $X$ has two arc-components.
*If arc-connected subsets have a non-empty intersection, then their union may not be arc-connected. For example, the arc-components of$X$ intersect, but their union is not arc-connected.
Local connectedness

A topological space is said to belocally connected In this topological space, ''V'' is a neighbourhood of ''p'' and it contains a connected open set (the dark green disk) that contains ''p''.
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at a point ''x'' if every neighbourhood of ''x'' contains a connected open neighbourhood. It is locally connected if it has a base
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of connected sets. It can be shown that a space ''X'' is locally connected if and only if every component of every open set of ''X'' is open.
Similarly, a topological space is said to be if it has a base of path-connected sets.
An open subset of a locally path-connected space is connected if and only if it is path-connected.
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is locally path-connected.
Locally connected does not imply connected, nor does locally path-connected imply path connected. A simple example of a locally connected (and locally path-connected) space that is not connected (or path-connected) is the union of two separated intervals in $\backslash R$, such as $(0,1)\; \backslash cup\; (2,3)$.
A classical example of a connected space that is not locally connected is the so called topologist's sine curve
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, defined as $T\; =\; \backslash \; \backslash cup\; \backslash left\backslash $, with the Euclidean topologyIn mathematics, and especially general topology, the Euclidean topology is the natural topology induced on n-dimensional Euclidean space \R^n by the Euclidean distance, Euclidean metric.
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by inclusion in $\backslash R^2$.
Set operations

The intersection of connected sets is not necessarily connected. The union of connected sets is not necessarily connected, as can be seen by considering $X=(0,1)\; \backslash cup\; (1,2)$. Each ellipse is a connected set, but the union is not connected, since it can be partitioned to two disjoint open sets $U$ and $V$. This means that, if the union $X$ is disconnected, then the collection $\backslash $ can be partitioned to two sub-collections, such that the unions of the sub-collections are disjoint and open in $X$ (see picture). This implies that in several cases, a union of connected sets necessarily connected. In particular: # If the common intersection of all sets is not empty ($\backslash bigcap\; X\_i\; \backslash neq\; \backslash emptyset$), then obviously they cannot be partitioned to collections withdisjoint union
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s. Hence ''the union of connected sets with non-empty intersection is connected''.
# If the intersection of each pair of sets is not empty ($\backslash forall\; i,j:\; X\_i\; \backslash cap\; X\_j\; \backslash neq\; \backslash emptyset$) then again they cannot be partitioned to collections with disjoint unions, so their union must be connected.
# If the sets can be ordered as a "linked chain", i.e. indexed by integer indices and $\backslash forall\; i:\; X\_i\; \backslash cap\; X\_\; \backslash neq\; \backslash emptyset$, then again their union must be connected.
# If the sets are pairwise-disjoint and the quotient space $X\; /\; \backslash $ is connected, then must be connected. Otherwise, if $U\; \backslash cup\; V$ is a separation of then $q(U)\; \backslash cup\; q(V)$ is a separation of the quotient space (since $q(U),\; q(V)$ are disjoint and open in the quotient space).
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of connected sets is not necessarily connected. However, if $X\; \backslash supseteq\; Y$ and their difference $X\; \backslash setminus\; Y$ is disconnected (and thus can be written as a union of two open sets $X\_1$ and $X\_2$), then the union of $Y$ with each such component is connected (i.e. $Y\; \backslash cup\; X\_$ is connected for all $i$).
Theorems

*Main theorem of connectedness: Let ''X'' and ''Y'' be topological spaces and let ''ƒ'' : ''X'' → ''Y'' be a continuous function. If ''X'' is (path-)connected then the image ''ƒ''(''X'') is (path-)connected. This result can be considered a generalization of theintermediate value theorem
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.
*Every path-connected space is connected.
*Every locally path-connected space is locally connected.
*A locally path-connected space is path-connected if and only if it is connected.
*The closure of a connected subset is connected. Furthermore, any subset between a connected subset and its closure is connected.
*The connected components are always closed (but in general not open)
*The connected components of a locally connected space are also open.
*The connected components of a space are disjoint unions of the path-connected components (which in general are neither open nor closed).
*Every quotient
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of a connected (resp. locally connected, path-connected, locally path-connected) space is connected (resp. locally connected, path-connected, locally path-connected).
*Every product of a family of connected (resp. path-connected) spaces is connected (resp. path-connected).
*Every open subset of a locally connected (resp. locally path-connected) space is locally connected (resp. locally path-connected).
*Every manifold
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is locally path-connected.
*Arc-wise connected space is path connected, but path-wise connected space may not be arc-wise connected
*Continuous image of arc-wise connected set is arc-wise connected.
Graphs

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s have path connected subsets, namely those subsets for which every pair of points has a path of edges joining them.
But it is not always possible to find a topology on the set of points which induces the same connected sets. The graph (and any ''n''-cycle with ''n'' > 3 odd) is one such example.
As a consequence, a notion of connectedness can be formulated independently of the topology on a space. To wit, there is a category of connective spaces consisting of sets with collections of connected subsets satisfying connectivity axioms; their morphisms are those functions which map connected sets to connected sets . Topological spaces and graphs are special cases of connective spaces; indeed, the finite connective spaces are precisely the finite graphs.
However, every graph can be canonically made into a topological space, by treating vertices as points and edges as copies of the unit interval (see topological graph theory#Graphs as topological spaces). Then one can show that the graph is connected (in the graph theoretical sense) if and only if it is connected as a topological space.
Stronger forms of connectedness

There are stronger forms of connectedness forhyperconnected space
:''For hyper-connectivity in node-link graphs, see Connectivity_(graph_theory)#Super-_and_hyper-connectivity.''
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is, by definition, also required to be path connected, any simply connected space is also connected. Note however, that if the "path connectedness" requirement is dropped from the definition of simple connectivity, a simply connected space does not need to be connected.
*Yet stronger versions of connectivity include the notion of a contractible space
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. Every contractible space is path connected and thus also connected.
In general, note that any path connected space must be connected but there exist connected spaces that are not path connected. The deleted comb space furnishes such an example, as does the above-mentioned topologist's sine curve
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See also

*Connected component (graph theory)
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*Connectedness locus
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*Locally connected spaceImage:Neighborhood illust1.svg, In this topological space, ''V'' is a neighbourhood of ''p'' and it contains a connected open set (the dark green disk) that contains ''p''.
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* ''n''-connected
* Uniformly connected space
*Pixel connectivity
References

Further reading

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