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bijection between closed and open interval

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For mapping the end points of the closed unit interval\, $[0,\,1]$\, and its inner points bijectively onto the corresponding open unit interval\, $(0,\,1)$,\, one has to discern suitable denumerable subsets in both sets:
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& [0,\,1]\, \;=\; \{0,\,1,\,1/2,\,1/3,\,1/4,\,\ldots\}\cup S,\\
&(0,\,1) \;=\; \{1/2,\,1/3,\,1/4,\,\ldots\}\cup S,
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where
$$S \;:=\; [0,\,1]\smallsetminus\{0,\,1,\,1/2,\,1/3,\,1/4,\,\ldots\}.$$
Then the mapping $f$ from\, $[0,\,1]$\, to\, $(0,\,1)$\, defined by
$$f(x) \;:=\;
\begin{cases}
 1/2 \quad \mbox{for}\quad x = 0,\\
 1/(n\!+\!2) \quad \mbox{for} \quad x = 1/n \quad (n = 1,\,2,\,3,\,\ldots),\\
 x \qquad \mbox{for} \quad x \in S
\end{cases}$$
is apparently a bijection.\, This means the equicardinality of both intervals.\\

Note that the bijection is neither monotonic (e.g. $0 \mapsto \frac{1}{2}$,\; $\frac{1}{2}\mapsto \frac{1}{4}$,\; 
$1 \mapsto \frac{1}{3}$) nor continuous.\, Generally, there does not exist any continuous surjective mapping\, 
$[0,\,1] \to (0,\,1)$,\, since by the intermediate value theorem a continuous function maps a closed interval to a closed interval.

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\bibitem{L}{\sc S. Lipschutz}: {\em Set theory}.\, Schaum Publishing Co., New York (1964).
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