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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences




In this paper we investigate for which closed subsets P of the real line R there exists a continuous map from P onto P 2 and, if such a function exists, how smooth can it be. We show that there exists an infinitely many times differentiable function f : R → R 2 which maps an unbounded perfect set P onto P 2 . At the same time, no continuously differentiable function f : R → R 2 can map a compact perfect set onto its square. Finally, we show that a disconnected compact perfect set P admits a continuous function from P onto P 2 if, and only if, P has uncountably many connected components.

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