We shall describe a method of constructing new topologies from the given ones. If is a topological space and is any subset, there is a natural way in which can “inherit” a topology from the parent set . It is easy to verify that the set , as runs through , is a topology on . This prompts the following definition of (relative topology).

**Relative Topology or Inherited Topology:**

Let be a topological space and a nonempty subset, then is a topology on , called the topology induced by on or relative topology on . The pair is called the subspace of . The topology is also called the inherited topology.

In other words, if is a topological space and is a non empty subset of . The collection consisting of those subsets of which are obtained by the intersections of the members of with is called the relative topology on . It is clear from the definition of the relative topology, , that each of its member is obtained by the intersection of some members of with . It should be noted that not every subset of is a subspace of . The subset of is a subspace of if and only if the topology of is the relative topology.

**Example:**

Let with topology and, using the definition of relative topology generated the topology on will be is a relative topology.

**Remark:**

Let be a topological space and is the subset of . Then every open subsets of is also open in , if and only if, itself is open in . In other words the subspace of a discrete topological space is also discrete space.

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