Closure of Infinite Union may not equal Union of Closures

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Let $T$ be a topological space.

Let $I$ be an infinite indexing set.

Let $\family {H_i}_{i \mathop \in I}$ be an indexed family of subsets of a set $S$.

Let $\ds H = \bigcup_{i \mathop \in I} H_i$ be the union of $\family {H_i}_{i \mathop \in I}$.

Then it is not always the case that:

$\ds \bigcup_{i \mathop \in I} \map \cl {H_i} = \map \cl {\bigcup_{i \mathop \in I} H_i}$

where $\map \cl {H_i}$ denotes the closure of $H_i$.

Proof 1

Proof by Counterexample:

Consider the real number line $\struct {\R, \tau_d}$ with the usual (Euclidean) topology $\tau_d$.


$H_n \subseteq \R: H_n = \closedint {\dfrac 1 n} 1$ for $n \ge 2$

where $\closedint {\dfrac 1 n} 1$ denotes the closed real interval from $\dfrac 1 n$ to $1$.

From Closed Real Interval is Closed Set, $\closedint {\dfrac 1 n} 1$ is a closed set of $\struct {\R, \tau_d}$.

Then from Set is Closed iff Equals Topological Closure:

$\map \cl {H_n} = H_n$


$\ds \bigcup_{n \mathop \ge 2} \map \cl {H_n} = \bigcup_{n \mathop \ge 2} H_n = \hointl 0 1$


$\ds \map \cl {\bigcup_{n \mathop \ge 2} H_n} = \closedint 0 1$


$\ds \bigcup_{n \mathop \ge 2} \map \cl {H_n} \ne \map \cl {\bigcup_{n \mathop \ge 2} H_n}$

Proof 2

Proof by Counterexample:

Let $\struct {\R, \tau_d}$ denote the real number line with the usual (Euclidean) topology $\tau_d$.

Let $\struct {\Q, \tau_d}$ be the rational number space, also under the usual (Euclidean) topology $\tau_d$.

For a rational number $\alpha \in \Q$, let $B_\alpha$ denote the singleton containing $\alpha$.

From Union of Closures of Singleton Rationals is Rational Space:

$\ds \bigcup_{\alpha \mathop \in \Q} \map \cl {B_\alpha} = \Q$

From Closure of Union of Singleton Rationals is Real Number Line:

$\ds \map \cl {\bigcup_{\alpha \mathop \in \Q} B_\alpha} = \R$

So it is seen that:

$\ds \bigcup_{\alpha \mathop \in \Q} \map \cl {B_\alpha} \subset \ds \map \cl {\bigcup_{\alpha \mathop \in \Q} B_\alpha}$

but it is not the case that:

$\ds \bigcup_{\alpha \mathop \in \Q} \map \cl {B_\alpha} = \ds \map \cl {\bigcup_{\alpha \mathop \in \Q} B_\alpha}$

and the result is apparent.