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1 Mathematics Review for MS Finance Students Anthony M. Marino Department of Finance and Business Economics Marshall School of Business Lecture 1: Introductory Material Sets The Real Number System Functions, Ordered Tuples and Product Sets Common Functions Appendix to Lecture 1: Notes on Logical Reasoning 1

2 Sets: Basics A set is a list or collection of objects. The objects which h compose a set are termed the elements or members of the set. Tabular versus set builder notation A = {1, 2, 3} A = {x x is a positive integer, 1 x 3} may be interchanged with : Sets: Basics The symbol " " reads "is an element of". In our example, 2 A. If every element of a set S 1 is also an element of a set S 2, then S 1 is a subset of S 2 and we write S 1 S 2 or S 2 S 1. The set S 2 is said to be a superset of S 1. Def 1: Two sets S 1 and S 2 are said to be equal if and only if S 1 S 2 and S 2 S 1. 2

3 Examples: Sets: Basics #1. If S 1 = {1, 2}, S 2 = {1, 2, 3}, then S 1 S 2 or S 2 S 1. #2 The set of all positive integers is a subset of the set of real numbers. Sets: Basics The largest subset of a set S is the set S itself. The smallest subset of a set S is the set which contains no elements. The set containing no elements is called the null set, denoted. For all sets S, we have S. If all sets are subsets of a given set, we call that set the universal set, denoted U. 3

4 Sets: Basics Def 2: Two sets S 1 and S 2 are disjoint if and only if there does not exist an x such that x S 1 and x S 2. Example: If S = {0} and A = {1, 2, 4}, then S and A are disjoint. Operations Def 3: The operations of union, intersection, ti difference (relative complement), and complement are defined for two sets A and B as follows: (i) A B {x : x A or x B}, (ii) A B {x : x A and x B}, (iii) A - B {x : x A, x B}, (iv) A {x : x A}. 4

5 Operational Laws 1. Idempotent laws 1. a. A A = A 1. b. A A = A 2. Associative laws 2. a. (A B) C = A ( B C) 2. b. (A B) C = A ( B C) 3. Commutative laws 3. a. A B = B A 3. b. A B = B A Operational Laws 4. Distributive laws 4. a. A (B C) = (A B) (A C) 4. b. A (B C) = (A B) (A C) 5. Identity laws 5. a. A = A 5. b. A U=U U 5. c. A U = A 5. d. A = 5

6 Operational Laws 6. Complement laws 6. a. A A = U 6. b. (A ) = A 6. c. A A = 6. d. U =, = U II. The Real Number System The real numbers can be geometrically represented by points on a straight line. Numbers to the right of zero are the positive numbers and those to the left of zero are the negative numbers. Zero is neither positive nor negative. -1-1/2 0 +1/2 +1 6

7 Real Numbers The integers are the whole real numbers. Let I be the set of integers, so that I = {..., -2, -1, 0, 1, 2,...}. The positive integers are called the natural numbers. The rational numbers, Q, are those real numbers which can be expressed as the ratio of two integers. Hence, Def: Q = {x x = p/q, p I, q I, q 0}. Note that I Q. Real Numbers The irrational numbers, Q', are those real numbers which h cannot be expressed as the ratio of two integers. They are the non-repeating infinite decimals. The set of irrationals is just the complement of the set of rationales Q in the set of reals Examples: 5, 3 and 2. 7

8 Real Numbers The prime numbers are those natural numbers say p, excluding 1, which h are divisible only by 1 and p itself. A few examples are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, and 23. Illustration Real Rational Irrational Integers Negative Integers Zero Natural Prime 8

9 The extended real number system. The set of real numbers R may be extended to include - and +. These notions mean to become negatively infinite or positively infinite, respectively. The result would be the extended real number system or the augmented real line, Rˆ Rules: Extended Real Numbers The following operational rules apply. (i) If "a" is a real number, then - < a <+ (ii) a + = + a =, if a - (iii) a + (- ) = (- ) + a = -, if a + (iv) If 0 < a +, then a = a = a (- ) = (- ) a = - (v) If - a < 0, then a = a = - a (- ) = (- ) a = + (vi) If a is a real number, then a/- = a/+ = 0 9

10 Absolute Value of a Real Number Def 1: The absolute value of any real number x, denoted x, is defined as follows: xif x 0 x xifx 0 Properties of x If x is a real number, its absolute value x geometrically ti represents the distance between the point x and the point 0 on the real line. If a, b are real numbers, then a-b = b-a would represent the distance between a and b on the real line. 10

11 Properties of x We have, for a, b R (i) a 0 (ii) a + b a+b (iii) a b = ab (iv) a / b = a/b Intervals on R Let a, b R where a < b, then we have the following terminology: (i) The set A = {x a x b}, denoted A = [a, b], is termed a closed interval on R. (note that a, b A) (ii) The set B = {x a < x b}, denoted B = (a, b], is termed an open-closed interval on R. (note a B, b B) (iii) The set C = {x a x < b}, denoted C = [a, b), is termed a closed-open interval on R. (note a C, b C) (iv) The set D = {x a < x < b}, denoted D = (a, b), is termed an open-interval on the real line. (note a, b D) 11

12 III. Functions, Ordered Tuples and Product Sets Ordered Pairs and Ordered Tuples: An ordered d pair is a set consisting of two elements with a designated first element and a designated second element. If a,b are the two elements, we write (a, b) An ordered n-tuple is the generalization of this idea to n elements (x 1,,x n ) Product Set Let X and Y be two sets. The product set of fx and dy or the Cartesian product of fx and Y consists of all of the possible ordered pairs (x, y), where x X and y Y. Def 1: The product set of two sets X and Y is defined as follows: X Y = {(x, y) x X, y Y} 12

13 Generalization The product set of the n sets X i, i = 1,,n, is given by X 1 x x X n = {(x 1,,x n ) : x i X i, i = 1,,n} (n-terms) Product Set: Examples If A = {a, b}, B = {c, d, e}, then A B = {(a, c), (a, d), (a, e), (b, c), (b, d), (b, e)}. The Cartesian plane or Euclidean two-space, R 2, is formed by R R = R 2. The n-fold Cartesian product of R is Euclidean n-space R R R = R n. (n-terms) 13

14 Functions Def 2: A function from a set X into a set Y is a rule f which assigns to every member x of the set X a single member y = f(x) of the set Y. The set X is said to be the domain of the function f and the set Y will be referred to as the codomain of the function f. If f is a function from X into Y, we write f : X Y. Functions Def. 2. a: The element in Y assigned by f to an x Xi is the value of f at x or the image of x under f. We write y = f(x). Def. 2. b: The graph Gr(f) of the function f:x Y is defined as follows: Gr(f) {(x, f(x)) : x X}, where Gr(f) X Y. 14

15 Functions Def 2. c: The range f [X] of the function f : X Yi is the set of fimages of x X under f or f[x] { f(x): x X}. Note that the range of a function f is a subset of the codomain of f, that is f[x] Y. Functions Def 3: A function f: X Y is said to be onto if and only if f[x] = Y. Def 4: A function f: X Y is said to be one-to-one if and only if images of distinct members of the domain of f are always distinct; t in other words, if and only if, for any two members x, x X, f(x) = f(x ) implies x = x. 15

16 Inverse Function A one-to-one function can be inverted. That is there exists a reverse functional relationship wherein each y maps into a unique x. Such a mapping is written f -1 : f[x] X. We have x = f -1 (y). For example, the inverse of the function y = 2 + 3x is x = y/3 2/3. The former function is one-to-one. Common Functions When we write y = f(x), we mean that a functional relationship between y and x exits (each x maps into one y), however, we have not made the rule of the mapping explicit. In this section, we consider several specific functional types. Each is used in business applications. 16

17 Common Functions The first example is a specific linear function. Let the function f assign to every real number its double: y = 2x Both the domain and the codomain of f are the set of real numbers, R. Hence, f: R R. The image of the real number 2 is f(2) = 4. The range of f is given by f[r] = {2x : x R}. The Gr(f) is given by Gr(f) = {(x, 2x): x R}. Common Functions f(x) 2 1 x Clearly, the function f(x) = 2x is one-to-one. Moreover, f(x) = 2x is onto, that is, f[r] = R. 17

18 Common Functions Example #1 is a specific example of a linear function. More generally, let a and b be two real numbers. The function y = f(x) = a + bx is a linear function of x. The graph of this function is shown below for the case where both a and b are positive. The constant a is called the intercept of the function, because, for x = 0, y = a. Common Functions The constant b is called the slope coefficient, i because the slope of the graph of this function is b at each point. By slope, we mean the rate of change of y per change in x. Let x change by some arbitrary amount x = x - x. This change in x generates a change in y through the functional relationship. 18

19 Common Functions The induced change in y is given by y = (a + bx ) - (a + bx ) = b(x - x ). Thus, the rate of change of y per change in x is just y b(x'' x') = = b. x (x'' x' ) Illustration of Linear Function f(x) = a + bx slope = b y y a x x y 0 x x x x x 19

20 Illustration of Linear Function If in the above example, b = 0, then f is said to be a constant t function. For every value of x, y is equal to the constant a. In this case, the graph of f is a flat line (i.e., the slope is zero). y a x Polynomial Functions Next, we consider a general class of functions termed polynomial. l The term polynomial means multi-term. A polynomial function has the general form y = a o + a 1 x + a 2 x a n x n. If n = 0, then y = a o and we have a constant function. 20

21 Polynomial Functions If n = 1, then y = a o + a 1 x and we have a linear function. If n = 2, then y = a o + a 1 x + a 2 x 2 and we have a quadratic function. If n = 3, then y = a o + a 1 x + a 2 x 2 + a 3 x 3 and we have a cubic function. Polynomial Functions When a quadratic function is plotted, it appears as a parabola. This is a curve with a single bump. A examples are given in the diagram below. y a o, a 1 > 0 and a 2 < 0. y a o, a 2 > 0 and a 1 < 0. ao a o x y = ao + a1x + a2x 2 y = ao + a1x + a2x 2 x 21

22 Polynomial Functions When a cubic function is plotted, it exhibits two bumps as shown in the example below. y ao y = a o + a 1 x + a 2 x 2 + a 3 x 3 (ao, a1, a2 > 0 and a3 < 0) x Rational Functions Rational functions are functions in which y is expressed as the ratio of two polynomial l functions in x. An example is y = x 1. x 2 4x One common rational function encountered in business applications is the rectangular hyperbola. This function has the form y = a/x. 22

23 Rectangular Hyperbola: Illustration Given a > 0 and x 0, thegraphofthisf this function nctionisasinthediagrambelois in the below. y y = a/x, a > 0 x Exponential and Logarithmic The above functions are termed algebraic. Generally, such functions are expressed in terms of polynomials and/or roots of polynomials (e.g, square root of a polynomial.). For example, y = square root {(x 3 + x 2 )} is not rational, but it is algebraic. Nonalgebraic functions include two types that are used in business applications. 23

24 Exponential and Logarithmic The first is the exponential function, y = b x, where the independent d variable appears in the exponent. The second is the closely related logarithmic function, y = log b x. The latter function is the inverse of the former function, Digression on Exponents Above, in the introduction to polynomial functions, we considered d the exponent as the indicator of the power to which a variable or number is to be raised. For example, 3 2 means that the number 3 is to be raised to the second power or that 3 is to be multiplied by itself. We have that 3 2 = 3 3 = 9. 24

25 Digression on Exponents Generally, x x x x (n-terms) = x n. As a special case, x 1 = x. Exponents obey the following rules. Rule 1. x n x m = x n+m. Rule 2. x n /x m = x n-m. Digression on Exponents The proofs of Rules 1 and 2 are obvious. However, if n < m, then the power of x becomes negative from Rule 2. What does this mean? Actually, Rule 2 tells us the answer. If n = 4 and m = 6, then 25

26 Digression on Exponents Thus x -2 = 1/x 2 and this can be generalized into another rule: Rule 3. x -n = 1/x n. Another special case of Rule 2 is where n = m, in which case x n /x n = x 0. This must be one. Thus, in accordance with Rule 2, any nonzero number raised to the zero power is one. Rule 4. x 0 = 1. ( x 0) Digression on Exponents How do we interpret fractional exponents? Using Rule 1, we can interpret t a number such as x 1/2 : x 1/2 x 1/2 = x 1 = x. That is, because x 1/2 multiplied by itself is x, x 1/2 is the square root of x. Likewise, x 1/3 is the cube root of x. Generally, Rule 5. x 1/n = nth root of n. 26

27 Digression on Exponents Two other rules obeyed by exponents are as follows: Rule 6. (x m ) n = x nm. Rule 7. x m y m = (xy) m. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions An exponential function is a function in which the independent variable appears as an exponent: y = b x, where b > 1. We take b > 0 to avoid complex numbers. b > 1 is not restrictive because we can take (b -1 ) x = b -x for this case. A logarithmic function is the inverse function of b x. That is, x = log b y. 27

28 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions The exponential function is graphed below. b x y 1 x Rules of logarithms Rl Rule 1. If x, y >0 0, then log (yx) = log y +log x. Rule 2. If x, y > 0, then log (y/x) = log y - log x. Rule 3. If x > 0, then log x a = a log x. 28

29 Preferred Base A preferred base is the number e (More formally, e = lim [1 + 1/n] n.) e is called the n natural logarithmic base. The corresponding log function is written x = ln y, meaning log e y. a. conversion Conversion and inversion of bases log b u = (log b c)(log c u) (log c u is known) Proof: Let u = c p. Then log c u = p. We know that log b u = log b c p = plog b c. By definition, p = log c u, so that log b u = (log c u)(log b c). b. inversion log b c = 1/(log c b). Proof: Using the conversion rule, 1 = log b b = (log b c)(log c b). Thus, log b c = 1/(log c b). 29

30 Functions of many variables So far we have only considered functions of a single independent variable. However, the concept can be extended to the case of two or more independent variables. We write y = f(x 1, x 2, x n ). The graph of the function is a surface in (n+1)- dimensional space. For n greater than 2, it is of course impossible to graph the function. Notes on Logical Reasoning 1. Notation for logical reasoning: a. means "for all" b. ~ means "not" c. means "there exists 2. A Conditional Let A and B be two statements. A B means all of the following: If A, then B A implies B A is sufficient for B B is necessary for A 30

31 Notes on Logical Reasoning 3. Proving a Conditional: Methods of Proof a. Direct: Show that B follows from A. b. Indirect: Find a statement C where C B. Show that A C. c. Contrapositive: Show that (~B) (~ A). d. Contradiction: Show that (~ B and A) (false statement). Notes on Logical Reasoning 3. A Biconditional Let A and B be two statements. A B means all of the following: A if and only if B ( A iff B) A is necessary and sufficient for B A and B are equivalent A implies B and B implies A 31

32 Notes on Logical Reasoning 4. Proving a Biconditional Use any of the above methods for proving a conditional and show that A B and that B A. 32

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