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1 2.1 Symbols and Terminology Definitions: set is a collection of objects. The objects belonging to the set are called elements, ormembers, oftheset. Sets can be designated in one of three different ways: 1. Word description: The set of even counting numbers less than ten 2. The listing method {2, 4, 6, 8} 3. Or set builder notation. {x x is an even counting number less than 10} Sets of Numbers: Natural or counting numbers: {1, 2, 3,...} Whole numbers: {0, 1, 2, 3,...} Integers: {..., 1, 2, 3, 0, 1, 2, 3,...} Rational numbers: {p/q p and q are integers, and q 0}: Real numbers: {x x is a number that can be written as a decimal} Irrational numbers: {x x is a real number and x cannot be written as a quotient of integers.} Definitions: The number of elements in a set is called the cardinal number, orcardinality, oftheset. The symbol n(), which is read n of, represents the cardinal number of the set. If the cardinal number of a set is a whole number then we call that set a finite set. If the set has so many elements that it cannot be represented by a whole number we say the set is an infinite set. 1

2 Examples Example 1. Match each set in column I with the appropriate description in column II. The set of all even integers. The set of the five least postive integer powers of 2 1. {x x is an even integer greater than 4 andlessthan6} 2. {..., 6, 4, 2, 0, 2, 4, 6,...} 3. {..., 5, 3, 1, 1, 3, 5,...} 4. {1, 3, 5, 7, 9} C. The set of even positive integers less than 10 D. The set of all odd integers E. The set of all negative integers F. The set of odd positive integers less than 10 G. H. The set of the five least positive integer multiples of 2 Example 2. List the elements of the set. se set notation to describe the set: 1. The set of all whole numbers greater than 8 and less than The set of all counting numbers between 4 and 14 Example 3. Denote each set by the listing method. 1. The set of all counting numbers greater than The set of all integers between -200 and {x x is an odd integer between -8 and 7} Example 4. Identify each set as finite or infinite. 1. {2, 4, 6,...,32} 2. {-10, -8, -6,...} 3. {x x is a natural number less than 50} 2

3 Example 5. Find n() for each set. 1. = {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7} 2. = {2, 4, 6,..., 1000} 3. = {a, b, c,...,z} 4. = {x x is a vowel in the English alphabet} We use the symbol to indicate is an element of. Example 6. 3 {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} We use the symbol to indicate is not an element of. Example 7. 7 {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} We say set is equal to set provided the following two conditions are met: 1. Every element of is an element of, and 2. Every element of is an element of In other words two sets are equal if they contain the same elements regardless of order. Example 8. Write true or false for each of the following statements. 3 {2, 5, 6, 8} m {l, m, n, o, p} 6 { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6} 9 {6, 3, 4, 8} {k, c, r, a} = {k, c, a, r} {5, 8, 9} = {5, 8, 9, 0} {x x is a natural number less than 3} = {1, 2} {x x is a natural number greater than 10} = {11, 12, 13,...} 3

4 2.2 Venn Diagrams and Subsets Definitions: The niversal set,, is the set of everything you are talking about. Venn Diagrams are drawings used to represents sets. In a Venn diagram the universal set is represented by a rectangle and any oval inside the rectangle represents some piece of the universal set. The inside of the oval is given a name, for example, and the outside of the oval is called (read prime ). Complement of : We say that is the complement of. It contains all the elements of that are not in. In set notation it is written as = {x x and x/ }. setis a subset of set if every element of is also an element of. Insymbolswe write. If and are sets then we say and are equal if and. Wewrite =. Set is a proper subset of set if and. Insymbols:. The number of subsets of a set of n elements is 2 n. The number of proper subsets of a set of n elements is 2 n 1. Examples Suppose = {a, b, c, d, e} = {a, c, e, b, d} C = {a, c, d} D = {a, c, f} then the following are true: =,,, C, C, C, D 4

5 Insert,, and/or in each blank to make the statement true. 1. { 2, 0, 2} { 1, 1, 1, 2} 2. {2, 5} {0, 1, 5, 3, 4, 2} 3. { } {a, b, c, d, e} 4. {,C,D} {,C,D,F} 5. { 1, 0, 1, 2, 3} {0, 1, 2, 3, 4} Tell whether each statements 1-5 are True or False. nswer the rest of the questions. Let = {a, b, c, d, e, f, g}, = {a, e}, = {a, b, e, f, g}, C = {b, f, g}, D = {d, e} D D 6. Find the number of subsets of C. Find the number of proper subsets of C. 7. Find the number of subsets of. Find the number of proper subsets of. 8. Find the number of subsets of. 9. Draw a Venn Diagram representing the relationship among the sets, C, and. 5

6 2.3 Set Operations and Cartesian Products Definitions: The intersection of sets and, written is the set of elements common to both and. In symbols we write = {x x and x }. Disjoint sets are sets that have no elements in common. Specifically =. The union of sets and, written is the set of all elements belonging to either of the sets. In symbols we write = {x x or x }. The difference of sets and, written, is the set of all elements belonging to set and not to set. In symbols it is written as = {x x and x/ }. When two items are paired the order is important. To distinguish an ordered pair from a set we use parentheses () instead of braces {}. Intheordered pair (a, b), a is called the first component and b is called the second component. In general (a, b) (b, a). The Cartesian Product of sets and, written, is = {(a, b) a and b }. The cardinal number of a cartesian product If n() =a and n() =b, then n( ) =n( ) =n() n() =n() n() =ab De Morgan s Laws: For any sets and, ( ) = and ( ) = Examples Suppose = {a, b, c, d, e, f, g} X = {a, c, e, g} Y = {a, b, c} Z = {b, c, d, e, f} then perform the indicated operation: 6

7 1. X Y 2. Y Z 3. X 4. X 5. X Y 6. X (Y Z). 7. (Y Z ) X. se a Venn Diagram to shade each of the following sets ( ). 7

8 4. ( ) C C 5. ( ) C C 6. ( ) C C 8

9 2.4 Cardinal Numbers and Surveys The Cardinal Number Formula: For any two sets and n( ) =n()+n() n( ) Examples 1. se the numerals representing the cardinalities in the Venn diagrams to give the cardinality of each set specified (a) n( ) (b) n( ) (c) n( ) (d) n( ) 2. se the numerals representing the cardinalities in the Venn diagrams to give the cardinality of each set specified C (a) n( C) (b) n( C ) (c) n( C) (d) n( C) (e) n( C ) 9

10 3. Evaluate n( ) ifn() =8,n() = 14, and n( ) =5. 4. se the given information to fill in the number of elements for each region (w, x, y, z) in the Venn diagram: z x w y n() = 18, n() = 15, n( ) = 11 and n( )=30 5. Paula Story is a fan of the music of Paul Simon and rt Garfunkel. In her collection of 22 compact discs, she has the following: 5 on which both Simon and Garfunkel sing 8 on which Simon sings 7 on which Garfunkel sings 12 on which neither Simon nor Garfunkel sings. (a) How many of her CDs feature only Paul Simon? (b) How many of her CDs fearture only rt Garfunkel? (c) How many of the CDs feature at least on of these two artists? S G 10

11 6. The following list shows the movies viewed by a group of 55 students. 17 had seen The Natural 17 had seen Field of Dreams 23 had seen The Rookie 6 had seen The Natural and Feild of Dreams 8 had seen The Natural and The Rookie 10 had seen Field of Dreams and The Rookie 2 had seen all three of these movies N D R How many students had seen: (a) Exactly two of these movies? (b) exactly one of these movies? (c) none of these movies? (d) The Natural but none of the others? 11

12 7. It was once said that Country-Western songs emphasize three basic themes: love, prison, and trucks. survey of the local Country-Western radio station produced the following data: 12 songs about a truck driver who is in love while in prison 13 about a prisoner in love 28 about a person in love 18 about a truck driver in love 3 about a truck driver in prison who is not in love 2 about people in prison who are not in love and do not drive trucks 8 about people who are out of prison, are not in love, and do not drive trucks 16 about truck drivers who are not in prison T P L (a) How many songs were surveyed? Find the number of songs about: (b) truck drivers (c) prisoners (d) truck drivers in prison (e) people not in prison (f) people not in love 12

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