# Continuous Image of Connected Space is Connected/Proof 2

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## Theorem

Let $T_1$ and $T_2$ be topological spaces.

Let $S_1 \subseteq T_1$ be connected.

Let $f: T_1 \to T_2$ be a continuous mapping.

Then the image $f \left({S_1}\right)$ is connected.

## Proof

Suppose that $S_2 = f \left({S_1}\right)$ is not connected in $T_2$.

Then by definition there exist open sets $U_2$ and $V_2$ in $T_2$ such that:

- $S_2 \subseteq U_2 \cup V_2$
- $U_2 \cap V_2 \cap S_2 = \varnothing$
- $U_2 \cap S_2 \ne \varnothing$
- $V_2 \cap S_2 \ne \varnothing$

By hypothesis, $f: T_1 \to T_2$ is continuous.

Thus $U_1 = f^{-1} \left({U_2}\right)$ and $V_1 = f^{-1} \left({V_2}\right)$ are open in $T_1$.

We have that:

- $U_2 \cap S_2 \ne \varnothing$

Therefore:

- $\exists x \in S_1: f \left({x}\right) \in U_2$

Then:

- $x \in f^{-1} \left({U_2}\right) = U_1$

and:

- $x \in S_1$

so:

- $U_1 \cap S_1 \ne \varnothing$

Similarly:

- $V_1 \cap S_1 \ne \varnothing$

Suppose there exists $x \in S_1$ such that $x \in U_1 \cap V_1 \cap S_1$.

Then:

- $f \left({x}\right) \in U_2 \cap V_2 \cap S_2$

which is a contradiction.

It follows that:

- $U_1 \cap V_1 \cap S_1 = \varnothing$

Thus by definition $S_1$ is not connected in $T_1$.

The result follows by the Rule of Transposition.