A complex or cell CW complex is a mathematical object from the area of algebraic topology. It is a generalization of the simplicial complex, and was introduced by John Henry Constantine Whitehead.
A cell is a topological space that is homeomorphic to. An open - cell is a topological space that is homeomorphic to the interior of. is called the dimension of the cell.
A cell complex or CW complex ( closure - finite weak- topology ) is a Hausdorff space which is divided into open cells, where:
Every CW - complex is normal, but does not necessarily satisfy the first axiom of countability, is not necessarily metrizable. Every CW - complex is locally contractible.
- Every simplicial complex is a CW - complex.
- CW is a complex. Consider the cells, and the characteristic images.
The skeleton of a CW - complex is the union of all its cells of dimension.
A CW - Figure ( or cellular imaging ) is a continuous mapping, the mapping of each cell in the skeleton of. (n- cells need not necessarily be mapped to n- cells. )