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Master of Science (MS)


Mathematics and Statistics


Charles Cunkle


Considerable study has been made concerning the properties of the iterations of a homeomorphism on a metric space. Much of this material is scattered throughout the literature and understood solely by a specialist. The main object of this paper is to put into readable form proofs of theorems found in G.T. Whyburn's "Analytic Topology" pertaining to this topic in topology. Properties of the decomposition space of point-orbits induced by the iterations of a homeomorphism will compose a major part of the study. Some theorems will be established through series of lemmas required to fill in much of the detail lacking in proofs found the book.

Although an elementary knowledge of topology is assumed throughout the paper, references are given for basic definitions and theorems used in developing some of the proofs.

The following symbols and notation will be used throughout the paper. X will denote a metric space with metric p, S a topological space, I the set of positive integers, A, B, C... sets of points or elements. Small letters, such as a, b, c, x, y, z... will designate elements or points of sets. U and V will denote open sets Sr(x) a spherical neighborhood of x with radius r. A' denotes the set of limit points of A. A- the set of closure points of A/ U, N, C will denote union, intersection, and set inclusion respectively. The symbol E will mean "is an element of". 0 denotes the empty set. S - A is the set of points in S which are not in A.