# Cross-Cap Surface

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The Cross-cap is a representation of the projective plane. (A “projective plane” is a plane with a line added at infinity. It developed out of study of projective geometry.)

Cross-cap is like a shrinked Torus where there's no middle hole and the side has been pinched together in such way that the top cross to the bottom.

One way to think of cross-cap is as a hemi-sphere (or a bowl), and imagine each point on the rim is connected to points on opposite side.

One way to think of cross-cap is, draw a filled circle on paper, and imagine each point on the rim is connected to the point on the opposite side.

The significance of this surface is that it gives us a visual guide of the topology of the real projective plane. [see Intro to Real Projective Plane]

Other surfaces immersed in 3D that are topologically equivalent to the projective plane are: