Lots of Views of the Klein Bottle

Chiefly for your Amusement

We begin by recalling that a Klein bottle can be made from a square with its sides glued together in a particular way:

How can the Klein bottle be seen as a pair of bands sewn to a square disk along their single edge?

Lets see:

Here we see a Klein bottle drawn as the union of a pair of bands (Left) and a disk (middle).

note this is the same as fattening the curves on the left on the klein bottle when it is formed from a square.

A Klein bottle is also two Mobius bands stitched together along their single edge!

In the gluing-up-the-square diagram, these Mobius bands look like:


Find this band in the Klein Bottle!

Is it one sided or two sided?
What are the remaining pieces of the Klein bottle when this band is removed?

Another thing:
After you cut a Mobius band down the middle, you can arrange the result to look like the above! How many twists does this band have?


Extra Bonus: classify all surfaces!

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  Chaim Goodman-Strauss
  Dept. Mathematics
  Univ. Arkansas
  Fayetteville, AR 72701

(c)1992-1994 Chaim Goodman-Strauss
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