The wedge sum$A \vee B$ of two pointed sets$A$ and $B$ is the quotient set of the disjoint union$A \uplus B$ where both copies of the basepoint (the one in $A$ and the one in $B$) are identified. The wedge sum $A \vee B$ can be identified with a subset of the cartesian product$A \times B$; if this subset is collapsed to a point, then the result is the smash product$A \wedge B$.

For $X$ a CW complex with filtered topological space structure $X_0 \hookrightarrow \cdots \hookrightarrow \X_k \hookrightarrow X_{k+1} \hookrightarrow \cdots \hookrightarrow X$ the quotient topological spaces $X_{k+1}/X_k$ are wedge sums of $(k+1)$-spheres.

Revised on October 26, 2012 01:10:32
by Toby Bartels
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