Connected and functionally Hausdorff with at least two points implies cardinality at least that of the continuum

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This article gives the statement, and possibly proof, of a topological space satisfying certain conditions (usually, a combination of separation and connectedness conditions) is uncountable.


Any connected functionally Hausdorff space having at least two points is uncountable. In fact, its cardinality is at least equal to the cardinality of the continuum.

Definitions used

Connected space

Further information: Connected space

Functionally Huasdorff space

Further information: functionally Hausdorff space

A topological space X is termed a functionally Huasdorff space if, given any two points x,y \in X, there is a continuous function f:X \to [0,1] such that f(x) = 0 and f(y) = 1.

Related facts


Suppose X is a connected functionally Hausdorff space with at least two points. Say, x \ne y \in X are two points. Then, by the functionally Hausdorff condition, there exists a function f:X \to [0,1] such that f(x) = 0 and f(y) = 1.

Now, we claim that f is surjective. Suppose not; suppose there exists a \in (0,1) such that f^{-1}(a) is empty. Then, f^{-1}[0,a) and f^{-1}(a,1] are disjoint open subsets whose union is X, and both are nonempty (because f(x) = 0 and f(y) = 1. This contradicts the assumption that X is connected, hence f must be surjective.

Thus, the cardinality of X must be at least that of the continuum.