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Möbius strip
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Context
Topology
topology (point-set topology , point-free topology )

see also differential topology , algebraic topology , functional analysis and topological homotopy theory

Introduction

Basic concepts

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finer/coarser topology

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embedding

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convergence

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Extra stuff, structure, properties

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Examples

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Sierpinski space

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Euclidean space

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classifying space

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mapping spaces : compact-open topology , topology of uniform convergence

Zariski topology

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Peano curve

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Basic statements

Theorems

Analysis Theorems

topological homotopy theory

Contents
Idea
The Möbius strip is the topological space obtained from the “open strip”, hence the square , by gluing two of its opposite sites but after applying half of a full rotation to one of them.

Realizations
As a quotient of the open strip
As a topological space , the Möbius strip is the quotient topological space obtained from the square $[0,1]^2$ by the equivalence relation which identifies two of the opposite sides, but with opposite orientation

$((x_1,y_1) \sim (x_2,y_2))
\;\;\Leftrightarrow \;\;
\left(
(x_1,y_1) = (x_2, y_2)
\;\text{or}\;
\left(
x_1 = (1-x_2) \in \{0,1\}
\;\text{and}\;
y_1 = (1-y_2)
\right)
\right)$

As the tautological line bundle over $\mathbb{R}P^1$
Regarded a vector bundle over the circle, the Möbius strip is the tautological line bundle over the 1-dimensional real projective space $\mathbb{P}P^1$ .

For more discussion of the topological vector bundle structure see this example and this prop.

Properties
Regarded as a manifold , the Möbius strip is among the simplest examples of a manifold that is not orientable .

Regarded as a real vector bundle over the circle , the Möbius strip is among the simplest examples of a non-trivial vector bundle .

References
Named after August Möbius .

Terry Lawson, Topology: A Geometric Approach , Oxford University Press (2003) (pdf )
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