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1 M.Sc. program in mathematics INTRODUCTORY SET THEORY Katalin Károlyi Department of Applied Analysis, Eötvös Loránd University H-1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt CONTENTS 1. SETS Set, equal sets, subset, the empty set, power set of a set; union, intersection, difference of sets; de Morgan s laws; ordered pairs, Cartesian product of sets EXERCISES LOGIC Proposition, logical values; negation, conjunction, disjunction, implication, equivalence, truth tables; universal and existential quantifiers; negation of propositions; direct and indirect methods of proofs EXERCISES RELATIONS Relation, domain and range of relations; reflexive, irreflexive, symmetric, antisymmetric, transitive relations; equivalence relation, order relation; inverse relation; classifications of sets, equivalence classes, classifications corresponding to equivalence relations EXERCISES FUNCTIONS Function, domain, range, target of functions; restrictions of functions; injective, surjective, bijective functions; equality of functions; inverse function, composition of functions; image of sets under a function, inverse image of sets under a function EXERCISES CARDINALITY OF SETS Cardinality of sets, equivalent sets, Bernstein s theorem; finite and infinite sets, countably infinite sets, countable and uncountable sets; continuum cardinality, Cantor s theorem EXERCISES

2 M.Sc. program in mathematics Department of Applied Analysis, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest INTRODUCTORY SET THEORY 1. SETS Undefined terms: set and to be an element of a set We do not define neither the set nor the element of a set, their meanings can be understood intuitively (not needing definition). However, we say that a set is any collection of definite, distinguishable objects, and we call these objects the elements of the set. Notations. (1) Sets are usually denoted by capital letters (A, B, C,...). The elements of the set are usually denoted by small letters (a, b, c,...). (2) If X is a set and x is an element of X, we write x X. (We also say that x belongs to X.) If X is a set and y is not an element of X, we write y / X. (We also say that y does not belong to X.) (3) When we give a set, we generally use braces, e.g.: (i) S := {a, b, c,...} where the elements are listed between braces, three dots imply that the law of formation of other elements is known, (ii) S := {x X : p(x) is true} where x stands for a generic element of the set S and p is a property defined on the set X. Remark. If we want to emphasize that the elements of the set are also sets, we denote the set by script capital letter, such as: (i) (ii) A := {A, B, C,...} where A, B, C,... are sets, A := {A α : α Γ} where Γ is the so called indexing set and A α s are sets. Examples. 1. N := {0, 1, 2, 3,...} the set of all natural numbers, N + := {n N : n > 0}, 2. Z := {0, 1, +1, 2, +2,...} the set of all integers, 3. Q := {p/q : p Z, q N + } the set of all rational numbers, Q + := {r Q : r > 0}, 4. R := the set of all real numbers, R + := {x R : x > 0}, 5. C := the set of all complex numbers. 1

3 Definitions. (1) Equal sets: We define A = B if A and B have the same elements. (2) Subset: We say that A is a subset of B and we write A B or B A if every element of A is also an element of B. (We also say that A is included in B or B includes A or B is a superset of A. ) (3) Proper subset: We say that A is a proper subset of B and we write A B strictly if A B and A B. (There exists at least one element b B such that b / A. ) (4) The empty set: The set which has no element is called the empty set and is denoted by. (That is = {x A : x / A}, where A is any set. ) (5) Power set of a set: Let X be any set. The set of all subsets of X is called the power set of X and is denoted by P(X). (That is we define P(X) := {A : A X} ) Remarks. Let A and B be any sets. Then the following propositions can be proved easily: (1) A = B if and only if A B and B A, (2) A A and A, (3) A P(A) and P(A), (4) P( ) = { }. ( P( ) is not empty, it has exactly one element, the. ) OPERATIONS BETWEEN SETS Let H be a set including all sets A, B, C,... which occur in the following. Let us call H the basic set. Union of sets: (denoted by, called union or cup ) (1) The union of sets A and B is defined by A B := {x H : x A or x B}. (2) The union of a set A of sets is defined by A := {x H : A A x A}. (x belongs to at least one element of A ) Intersection of sets: (denoted by, called intersection or cap ) (1) The intersection of sets A and B is defined by A B := {x H : x A and x B}. (2) The intersection of a set A = is defined by A := {x H : A A x A}. (x belongs to all elements of A ) 2

4 Definition. (Disjoint sets.) A and B are called disjoint sets if A B = (they have no elements in common). Difference of sets: (denoted by \ ) (1) The difference of sets A and B is defined by A\B := {x H : x A and x / B}. (We also say that A\B is the complement of B with respect to A. ) (2) H\B is called the complement of B and is denoted by B c, that is B c := {x H : x / B}. The following theorems can be proved easily. Theorem. (Commutativity, associativity, distributivity) (1) The union and the intersection are commutative and associative operations: (i) A B = B A, (A B) C = A (B C), (ii) A B = B A, (A B) C = A (B C). (2) The union is distributive with respect to the intersection and the intersection is distributive with respect to the union: (i) (ii) Theorem. A (B C) = (A B) (A C), A (B C) = (A B) (A C). (De Morgan s laws) (1) C\(A B) = (C\A) (C\B), C\(A B) = (C\A) (C\B), (2) C\ ( A ) = {C\A : A A}, C\ ( A ) = {C\A : A A}. Definitions. Ordered pairs: (Ordered pairs, Cartesian product of sets.) Let x and y be any objects (e.g. any elements of the basic set H). The ordered pair (x, y) is defined by (x, y) := { {x}, {x, y} }. We call x and y the first and the second components of the ordered pair (x, y), respectively. In case x=y we have (x, x)={ {x} }. Cartesian product of sets: Let A and B be sets. The Cartesian product of A and B is defined by A B := {(a, b) : a A and b B}, i.e. the Cartesian product A B is the set of all ordered pairs (a, b) with a A, b B. Remarks. (1) (x, y)=(u, v) if and only if x=u and y =v. (2) More generally, we can define the ordered n-tuples (x 1, x 2,..., x n ) and the Cartesian product A 1 A 2... A n (n N +, n > 2) in a similar way. (3) For A A we often write A 2, and similarly, A n stands for A A... A. } {{ } n 3

5 M.Sc. program in mathematics Department of Applied Analysis, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest EXERCISES Prove that A B = B if and only if A B. 2. Prove that A B = B if and only if B A. 3. Prove that A (A B) = A and A (A B) = A. 4. Prove that A\B = A B c. 5. Let A := {A α : α Γ}. Prove that for all α Γ A Aα A, that is for all α Γ {Aβ : β Γ} A α {A β : β Γ}. 6. Let H be the basic set (which includes all the sets A, B, C,... that we consider). A A =? A H =? A =? A A =? A H =? A =? A \ A =? A \ H =? A \ =? (A c ) c =? c =? H c =? 7. Prove the following statements: ( ) (i) A \ C = {A \ C : A A}, (ii) ( A ) \ C = {A \ C : A A}. 8. Prove the following statements: (i) P(A B) = P(A) P(B), (ii) P(A B) P(A) P(B) (strictly, if A B or B A ), (iii) P(A \ B) \ { } P(A) \ P(B) (strictly, if A B ). 9. Let H := {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}, A := {1, 2}, B := {1, 3, 5}. A B =? A B =? A \ B =? B \ A =? A c =? B c =? A B =? B A =? P(A) =? P(B) =? 10. Let A 1, A 2 be any sets. Find disjoint sets B 1, B 2 such that A 1 A 2 = B 1 B Prove that A (B C) = (A B) (A C) for any sets A, B, C. 12. Determine which of the following sets are empty: A 1 := {n Z : n 2 = 2}, A 2 := {x R : x 3 2x 2 + x 2 = 0}, A 3 := {(x, y) R 2 : x 2 + xy + y 2 < 0}. 4

6 2. LOGIC Basic ideas of logic: Proposition: proposition and logical values We define a proposition to be a statement which is either true or false. When we deal with propositions in logic we consider sentences without being interested in their meanings, only examining them as true or false statements. In the following, propositions will be denoted by small letters ( p, q, r,... ). Logical values: There are two logical values: Examples. true and false, denoted by T and F, respectively. 1. p := for each real number x, x 2 +1 is positive. The logical value of the proposition p is true. 2. q := if x=2 then x 2 1=0. The logical value of the proposition q is false. OPERATIONS BETWEEN PROPOSITIONS Negation: (denoted by, called not ) The negation of a proposition p is defined by { true if p is false p := false if p is true. Conjunction: (denoted by, called and ) The conjunction of propositions p and q is defined by { true if p and q are both true p q := false if at least one of p and q is false. Disjunction: (denoted by, called or ) The disjunction of propositions p and q is defined by { true if at least one of p and q is true p q := false if p and q are both false. Implication: (denoted by, read implies ) The implication between propositions p and q is defined by { true if p and q are both true, or p is false p q := false if p is true and q is false. 5

7 Equivalence: (denoted by, read is equivalent to ) The equivalence between propositions p and q is defined by { true if p and q have the same logical value p q := false if p and q have different logical values. Remarks. (1) For p q we can also say that if p then q, p only if q, p is a sufficient condition for q, q is a necessary condition for p. (2) For p q we can also say that p if and only if q, ( p iff q ), p is a necessary and sufficient condition for q. (3) The following truth tables can be useful to resume the definitions of the logical operations: p p p q p q p q p q p q T F F T T T T T T T T F F T F F F T F T T F F F F F T T (4) The following propositions can be proved easily: (i) p q is equivalent to (p q) (q p), that is, for all values of p and q p q = (p q) (q p), (ii) p q = ( p) q for all values of p and q. (5) A proposition which is always true is called tautology, and a proposition which is always false is called contradiction. According to (4) we have ( ) ( ) ( ) (i) p q (p q) (q p) T, (ii) (p q) ( p) q T, ( ) ( ) ( ) i.e., p q (p q) (q p) and (p q) ( p) q are tautologies; p ( p) is also a tautology, while p ( p) is a contradiction. 6

8 Universal and existential quantifiers: Let S be a set and for all elements s of S let p(s) be a proposition. We define the propositions s S p(s) and s S p(s) such as (i) s S p(s) := (ii) s S p(s) := { true if p(s) is true for all s S false if there exists at least one s S such that p(s) is false, { true if there exists at least one s S such that p(s) is true false if p(s) is false for all s S. The symbol is read for all and is called the universal quantifier, the symbol is read there exists and is called the existential quantifier. Negation of propositions. It is of crucial importance that we can negate propositions correctly. In the following we show how to negate propositions in accordance with the definitions of the logical operations and the universal and existential quantifiers. (1) When the quantifiers do not occur in the proposition, we have (i) (p q) ( p) ( q), (ii) (p q) ( p) ( q), (iii) (p q) ( ( p) q ) ( ( p) ) ( q) p ( q), (iv) (p q) ( (p q) (q p) ) ( (p q) ) ( (q p) ) ( p ( q) ) ( q ( p) ) ( p q ) ( ( p) ( q) ). (2) When quantifiers occur in the proposition, we have (i) ( s S p(s) ) s S p(s), (ii) ( s S p(s) ) s S p(s). As a general rule, we have to change into and change into, and finally negate the proposition which follows the quantifier. Methods of proofs. There are two main methods to prove theorems: (1) direct methods: Since ( (p r) (r q) ) ( p q ) T, we can prove p q by proving p r and r q, where r is any other proposition. (2) indirect methods: (i) Since (p q) ( ( p) q ) ( ( q) ( p) ), we can prove p q by proving its contrapositive, ( q) ( p) (contrapositive proof). (ii) If r is any false proposition, then ( p ( q) ) r p q, thus we can prove p q by proving ( p ( q) ) r (proof by contradiction). 7

9 M.Sc. program in mathematics Department of Applied Analysis, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest EXERCISES Prove that for all values of p, q, r the following statements are true. p q = q p (p q) r = p (q r) p q = q p (p q) r = p (q r) p (q r) = (p q) (p r) p (q r) = (p q) (p r) 2. Answer the questions for any values of p. p p =? p T =? p F =? p p =? p T =? p F =? p p =? p T =? p F =? p p =? p T =? p F =? 3. Determine which of the following propositions are true: (a) n Z n 2 > 1 (b) x R x 3 2x 2 +x 2 = 0 (c) (x, y) R 2 x 2 +xy+y 2 < 0 4. Negate the following propositions, then determine which of them are true. (a) p R + K R + x (K, + ) x 2 px + 1 > 0 (b) p R + K R + x (K, + ) x sin p x > 0 (c) p R + K R + x (K, + ) cos p x > 0 (d) p R + K R + x (K, + ) p < log 2 x (e) p R + K R + x (K, + ) x p < 10 6 (f) p R + K R + x (K, + ) (p+1) x < 10 6 (g) ε R + 1 x (0, π/4] sin x = ε + 1/ε (h) δ R + x (0, δ] ε R + 1 sin x = ε + 1/ε 5. Prove that ( (p r) (r q) ) ( p q ) T. 6. Prove that k N + n N + n k is an integer or an irrational number. 7. Prove that ( (n N + ) (n 2 is odd) ) (n is odd). 8

10 3. RELATIONS Definition. (Relations.) Any subset of a Cartesian product of sets is called a relation. ( I.e., a relation is a set of ordered pairs. ) If X and Y are sets and ρ X Y, we say that ρ is a relation from X to Y. (We can also say that ρ is a relation between the elements of X and Y.) If ρ X X, we say that ρ is a relation in X. If (x, y) ρ, we often write x ρ y. Examples. 1. The relation of equality in a nonempty set X. ρ 1 := { (x, x) : x X }, thus (x, y) ρ 1 X X iff x=y. 2. The relation of divisibility in N +. ρ 2 := { (m, n) N + N + : k N + n = k m }, thus (m, n) ρ 2 N + N + iff m n, that is n can be divided by m without remainder (n is divisible by m). 3. The relation of congruence modulo m in Z. ρ 3 := { (a, b) Z Z : k Z a b = k m }, (m N + ), thus (a, b) ρ 3 Z Z iff m a b, that is (a b) can be divided by m without remainder; (a b) is divisible by m; dividing a and b by m we get the same remainder. 4. The relation of less in R. ρ 4 := { (x, y) R R : x < y }, thus (x, y) ρ 4 R R iff y x is a positive number. 5. The relation of greater or equal in R. ρ 5 := { (x, y) R R : x y }, thus (x, y) ρ 5 R R iff x y is a nonnegative number. 6. Relation between the elements of the set T of all triangles of the plane and the elements of the set R + 0 of all nonnegative numbers, ρ 6 := { (t, a) T R + 0 : the area of the triangle t is a }. 7. Relation between the elements of the set R + 0 of all nonnegative numbers and the elements of the set T of all triangles of the plane, ρ 7 := { (a, t) R + 0 T : the area of the triangle t is a }. 8. Relation between the elements of the set C of all circles of the plane and the elements of the set L of all lines of the plane, ρ 8 := { (c, l) C L : l is a tangent of c }. 9

11 Definitions. (Domain and range of relations.) Let X and Y be sets and ρ be a relation from X to Y (ρ X Y ). (1) Domain of the relation ρ: The domain of ρ is defined by D(ρ) := {x X : y Y (x, y) ρ}. (2) Range of the relation ρ: The range of ρ is defined by R(ρ) := {y Y : x X (x, y) ρ}. Definitions. (Properties of relations.) Let X be a set and ρ be a relation in X (ρ X 2 ). (1) Reflexivity: ρ is called reflexive if x X (x, x) ρ. (2) Irreflexivity: ρ is called irreflexive if x X (x, x) / ρ. (3) Symmetry: ρ is called symmetric if (x, y) ρ (y, x) ρ, that is (x, y) ρ implies (y, x) ρ. (4) Antisymmetry: ρ is called antisymmetric (5) Transitivity: ρ is called transitive Examples. (see page 9) if if ( (x, y) ρ and (y, x) ρ ) ( (x, y) ρ and (y, z) ρ ) implies x=y. implies (x, z) ρ. 1. Equality is a reflexive, symmetric, antisymmetric and transitive relation. 2. Divisibility is a reflexive, antisymmetric and transitive relation. 3. Congruence modulo m is a reflexive, symmetric and transitive relation. 4. The relation less is irreflexive, antisymmetric and transitive. 5. The relation greater or equal is reflexive, antisymmetric and transitive. Definitions. (Special relations.) Let X be a nonempty set and ρ be a relation in X (ρ X 2 ). (1) Equivalence relation: We say that ρ is an equivalence relation if it is (a) reflexive, (b) symmetric, (c) transitive. (2) Order relation: We say that ρ is an order relation if it is (a) reflexive, (b) antisymmetric, (c) transitive. We say that the order relation ρ is a total (linear) order relation if for each (x, y) X 2 (x, y) ρ or (y, x) ρ is satisfied; otherwise ρ is said to be a partial order relation. 10

12 Examples. (see page 9) 1. Equality (both equivalence and order relation) is a partial order relation. 2. Divisibility is a partial order relation. 5. The relation greater or equal is a total order relation. Definition. (Inverse relation.) Let X and Y be sets and ρ be a relation from X to Y. The inverse of ρ (denoted by ρ 1 ) is defined by ρ 1 := {(y, x) Y X : (x, y) ρ}. Definition. (Classifications of sets.) Let X be a nonempty set. A set A (of subsets of X) is called a classification of X if the following properties are satisfied: (i) A ( A A is a nonempty ) subset of X, (ii) A, B A and A B implies A B =, (iii) A = X. The elements of A are called the classes of the classification. Definition. (Equivalence classes.) Let X be a nonempty set and ρ be an equivalence relation in X. For each x X we define A x := {y X : (x, y) ρ} P(X). A x is called the (equivalence) class of x. Theorem (3.1). Let X be a nonempty set and ρ be an equivalence relation in X. Then (i) x ( X A x is a nonempty ) subset of X, (ii) x, y X and x y implies ( ) A x A y = or A x = A y, (iii) { Ax : x X } = X, that is {A x : x X} is a classification of X. Proof. (i) Since ρ is reflexive we have x A x for all x X, hence we have (i). (ii) We prove (ii) by contradiction. Let us suppose that x, y X, x y, such that ( ) A x A y and A x A y. We prove that A x = A y, which is a contradiction. Let z be an element of A x A y. Then (x, z) ρ and (y, z) ρ, thus (x, y) ρ and (y, x) ρ (by the symmetry and transitivity of ρ). (a) A x A y since p A x (x, p) ρ (p, x) ρ (and (x, y) ρ) (p, y) ρ (y, p) ρ p A y, (b) A y A x can be proved similarly to (a). (iii) If z X then z A z, thus z {A x : x X } X, hence we have (iii). 11

13 Definition. (Classifications corresponding to equivalence relations.) Let X be a nonempty set and ρ be an equivalence relation in X. The set of all equivalence classes corresponding to ρ (which is a classification of X according to the theorem (3.1) ) is called the classification of X corresponding to the relation ρ, and is denoted by X/ρ, i.e. X/ρ := {A x : x X}. (We also say that X/ρ is the classification of X defined by ρ.) Examples. (see page 9) 1. The classification of X corresponding to the relation of equality is the set X/ρ 1 = { {x} P(X) : x X }. 3. The classification of Z corresponding to the relation of congruence modulo m is the set of all remainder classes modulo m (m N + ), that is Z/ρ 3 = { {r + k m : k Z} P(Z) : r {0, 1,..., m 1} }. Remark. Theorem (3.1) shows that each equivalence relation determines a classification of the set. The following theorem shows the opposite direction, that is each classification of a set determines an equivalence relation in the set. Theorem (3.2). Let X be a nonempty set and A be a classification of X. Then (i) the relation defined by ρ := { (x, y) X X : A A x, y A } is an equivalence relation in X, (ii) the classification of X corresponding to ρ is equal to A, that is X/ρ = A. Proof. (i) x X ( A A x A) (x, x) ρ ρ is reflexive, (x, y) ρ ( A A x, y A) y, x A (y, x) ρ ρ is symmetric, (x, y) ρ and (y, z) ρ ( A 1 A x, y A 1 ) and ( A 2 A y, z A 2 ) y A 1 A 2 A 1 =A 2 x, z A 1 (x, z) ρ ρ is transitive, thus ρ is an equivalence relation. (ii) We prove that X/ρ A and A X/ρ. (a) Let B X/ρ b B and B = {x X : (b, x) ρ}, b X A A b A, x B (b, x) ρ (and b A) x A, B A, x A (and b A) (b, x) ρ x B, A B, B =A B A, (b) Let A A a A, let B := {x X : (a, x) ρ} X/ρ, x A (and a A) (a, x) ρ x B, A B, x B (a, x) ρ (and a A) x A, B A, A=B A X/ρ. 12

14 M.Sc. program in mathematics Department of Applied Analysis, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest EXERCISES Let X be a nonempty set and ρ be a relation in X. Prove the following propositions: (a) if ρ is reflexive, then D(ρ) = R(ρ) = X and ρ 1 is also reflexive, (b) if ρ is irreflexive, then ρ 1 is also irreflexive, (c) if ρ is symmetric, then D(ρ) = R(ρ) and ρ 1 is also symmetric, (d) if ρ is antisymmetric, then ρ 1 is also antisymmetric, (e) if ρ is transitive, then ρ 1 is also transitive. 2. Which properties have the following relations? (a) ρ := { (x, y) Q Q : x > y }, (b) ρ := { (x, y) R R : x y }, (c) ρ := { (A, B) P(X) P(X) : A B }, (X ), (d) ρ := { ((m 1, m 2 ), (n 1, n 2 )) (N + ) 2 (N + ) 2 : m 1 n 1 and m 2 n 2 }. 3. Prove that the following relations are equivalence relations and determine the corresponding classifications. (a) ρ := { (p, q) N N : m q p }, (m N + ), (b) ρ := { ((m 1, m 2 ), (n 1, n 2 )) (N + ) 2 (N + ) 2 : m 1 + n 2 = m 2 + n 1 }, (c) ρ := { ((m 1, m 2 ), (n 1, n 2 )) (Z Z\{0}) (Z Z\{0}) : m 1 n 2 = m 2 n 1 }, (d) ρ := { (x, y) R R : y x Q }, (e) ρ := { (p, q) Q Q : n Z n p < n+1 and n q < n+1 }. (f) ρ := { (x, y) (R\{0}) 2 : x y = y x }, 4. Determine the equivalence classes A α determined by the following equivalence relations: (a) ρ := { (p, q) N N : m q p }, (m N + ), α = 3, (d) ρ := { (x, y) R R : y x Q }, α = π, (e) ρ := { (p, q) Q Q : n Z n p < n+1 and n q < n+1 }, α = 3, Determine the inverse relations of the relations given in Examples on page 9. 13

15 4. FUNCTIONS Definition. (Functions.) Let X and Y be sets. A relation f X Y is called a function from X to Y if (i) D(f) = X, (ii) x X the set { y Y : (x, y) f } has exactly one element. (I.e. x X there exists exactly one element y Y such that (x, y) f. ) We also say that f is a map, mapping or transformation from X to Y. If f is a function from X to Y, we write f : X Y. The notations y = f(x) (traditionally said y is a function of x ) and x y mean that (x, y) f. We call f(x) the element associated with x. We also say that f(x) is the image of x under f or the value of f at x. Remarks. (Domain, range and target of functions.) Let X, Y be sets and f : X Y be a function. According to the definitions for relations, D(f) is the domain of the function f and R(f) = { f(x) : x D(f) } is the range of the function f. If X Z, we can also write f : Z Y, which means that D(f) Z. Y is called the target of the function f. Definition. (Restrictions of functions.) Let X, Y, A be sets, A X, and f : X Y be a function. The function g : A Y, g(x):=f(x) is called the restriction of f to A, and we use the notation f A := g. Definitions. (Injective, surjective, bijective functions.) Let X, Y be sets and f : X Y be a function. (1) Injective function: We say that f is injective if for all x, z X f(x)=f(z) implies x=z, that is x z implies f(x) f(z). (We also say that f is an injection, or a one to one correspondence.) (2) Surjective function: We say that f is surjective if y Y there exists x X such that f(x)=y, that is R(f) = Y. (We also say that f is a surjection, or f is a map onto Y.) 14

16 (3) Bijective function: We say that f is bijective if it is both injective and surjective. (We also say that f is a bijection.) Remark. (Equality of functions.) Let f and g be functions. f and g are equal functions (f = g ), iff (i) D(f) = D(g) =: X and (ii) x X f(x)=g(x). Definition. (Inverse function.) If f : X Y is injective, then f : X R(f), f(x) := f(x) is bijective, thus the relation f 1 R(f) X is a function that we call the inverse function of f. I.e., the inverse function of f is defined by f 1 : R(f) X, f 1 (y) := x, where x is the unique element of X such that f(x)=y. Definition. (Composition of functions.) Let g : X Y 1 and f : Y 2 Z be functions. We define the composition of f and g, denoted by f g, such as (f g) : X Z, D(f g) := { x X : g(x) Y 2 }, (f g)(x) := f(g(x)). Definition. (Image and inverse image of sets under functions.) Let f : X Y be a function and A, B be any sets. (1) Image of A under f: We define the set f(a) := { f(x) : x A } and call f(a) the image of A under the function f. (Note that f(a)=f(a X) f(x) = R(f) Y.) (2) Inverse image of B under f: We define the set f 1 (B) := { x X : f(x) B } and call f 1 (B) the inverse image of B under the function f. Remarks. (Note that f 1 (B)=f 1 (B Y ) f 1 (Y ) = f 1 (R(f)) = X.) It is important to see that the set f 1 (B) can be defined for any set B, even if f is not injective (thus, the inverse function of f does not exist). The notation f 1 in f 1 (B) does not mean the inverse function of f. However, we can easily prove that if f is injective, then for any set B f 1 (B) is the image of B under the inverse function of f. We can also prove that the function f is injective if and only if for each y R(f) the set f 1 ({y}) has exactly one element. 15

17 M.Sc. program in mathematics Department of Applied Analysis, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest EXERCISES Determine the domain and the range of the following functions f : R R and examine which of them are injective or surjective: (a) f(x) := x, (b) f(x) := x, (c) f(x) := [x], (d) f(x) := x [x], (e) f(x) := ln x, (f) f(x) := ln x, (g) f(x) := ln x, (h) f(x) := ln x, (i) f(x) := lg x, (j) f(x) := lg x, (k) f(x) := lg x 2, (l) f(x) := 2 lg x, (m) f(x) := ( x 3) 2, (n) f(x) := (x 3) Let f be any injective function. Prove the following propositions: (a) D(f f 1 ) = R(f), (f f 1 )(y) = y for all y R(f), that is f f 1 is the identity function on R(f). (b) D(f 1 f) = D(f), (f 1 f)(x) = x for all x D(f), that is f 1 f is the identity function on D(f). 3. Determine the following functions: (a) ln exp, (b) exp ln, (c) sin arcsin, (d) arcsin sin, (e) cos arccos, (f) arccos cos. 4. Let f : X Y, A, B X and C, D Y. Prove the following propositions: (a) A B implies f(a) f(b), (b) (f is injective and f(a) f(b)) implies A B, (c) A f 1 (f(a)), (d) f(f 1 (C)) C, (e) f(a B) = f(a) f(b), (f) f(a B) f(a) f(b), (g) f 1 (C D) = f 1 (C) f 1 (D), (h) f 1 (C D) = f 1 (C) f 1 (D). 5. Let h : X Y 1, g : Y 2 Z 1, f : Z 2 W functions. Prove the following propositions: (a) f (g h) = (f g) h, (b) If g and h are both injective, then g h is also injective and (g h) 1 = h 1 g 1, (c) If g and h are both surjective and Y 1 =Y 2, then g h : X Z 1 is also surjective. 6. Let f : R R, f(x) := ln 3 (1+ x). Determine the inverse of f. 16

18 5. CARDINALITY OF SETS We do not define the cardinality (cardinal number) of a set in general, but we compare sets considering the number of their elements by putting them in one to one correspondance. Definitions. Let X and Y be any sets. (i) We say that X and Y have the same cardinality and write X = Y or say that X and Y are equivalent sets and write X Y if there exists a bijective function f : X Y. (ii) We say that the cardinality of X is not greater than the cardinality of Y (or the cardinality of Y is not less than the cardinality of X) and write X Y if there exists an injective function f : X Y. (iii) We say that the cardinality of X is less than the cardinality of Y (or the cardinality of Y is greater than the cardinality of X) and write X < Y if X Y and X = Y. Theorem (5.1). Let X, Y and Z be sets. Then (i) X X, (ii) X Y Y X, (iii) (X Y and Y Z) X Z. Proof. (i) id X : X X, x x is bijective, (ii) If f : X Y is bijective, then f 1 : Y X is also bijective, (iii) If g : X Y and f : Y Z are bijective, then (f g) : X Z is also bijective. Theorem (5.2). Let X and Y be sets. Then the following statements are equivalent: (i) There exists an injective function f : X Y. (ii) There exists a surjective function g : Y X. Proof. If X = or Y =, then (i) and (ii) are obviously equivalent. If X and Y, then (1) if f : X Y is injective, then, choosing any x 0 X, the function g : Y X defined by { f g(y) := 1 (y) if y R(f) is a surjection. if y Y \ R(f) x 0 (2) if g : Y X is surjective, then, choosing any y x g 1 ({x}) for each x X, the function f : X Y, f(x) := y x is an injection. 17

19 Remarks. (i) According to the previous theorem we can say that X Y if and only if there exists a surjective function f : Y X. (ii) The following theorem (whose proof is omitted) shows that X = Y if and only if ( X Y and Y X ). Theorem (5.3). (Bernstein s theorem.) Let X and Y be sets. Then the following statements are equivalent: (i) There exists a bijective function f : X Y. (ii) There exist injective functions g 1 : X Y and g 2 : Y X. (iii) There exist surjective functions h 1 : Y X and h 2 : X Y. Definition. (Finite and infinite sets.) (i) A set X is called finite if either X = or m N + such that X {1, 2,..., m}. We call m (that is uniquely determined) the cardinality (cardinal number) of X and write X := m. The cardinality (cardinal number) of the empty set is defined by := 0. (ii) A set X is called infinite if it is not finite. Theorem (5.4). A set X is finite if and only if X < N +. Proof. (1) If X =, then we evidently have X < N +. If X = m N +, then a bijection f : X {1, 2,..., m}, thus f : X N +, f(x) := f(x) is an injection, so we have X N +. If we suppose that a bijection g : X N +, then (g f 1 ): {1, 2,..., m} N + is a bijection, which is obviously impossible. Thus, we have X < N +. (2) If X < N +, then either X = (thus X is finite) or an injection f : X N + and there is no bijection from X to N +. If we suppose that X is infinite, then evidently R(f) is also infinite, which implies that g : R(f) N +, g(n) := {x R(f) : x n} is a bijective function. Thus, (g f) is a bijection from X to N +, which is a contradiction. Hence, we obtain X to be a finite set. Theorem (5.5). If X is an infinite set, then X N + and Y X such that Y = N +. Proof. Let x 0 X and define f : N + X recursively: f(1) := x 0, and for each n N + choosing any x n X \ {x 0,..., x n 1 } let f(n+1) := x n. Since f is injective, it follows that N + X and N + R(f) =: Y. 18

20 Definition. (Countably infinite sets.) A set X is called countably infinite if X = N +. According to (5.5) countably infinite sets have the least infinite cardinality. Definition. (Countable and uncountable sets.) (i) A set X is called countable if X N +. According to the theorem (5.2) X is countable if and only if f : X N + injection or g : N + X surjection. According to the theorems (5.4) and (5.5) X is countable if and only if it is finite or countably infinite. (ii) A set X is called uncountable if it is not countable. According to the theorem (5.5) X is uncountable if and only if X > N +. Examples. 1. N + is countably infinite, since id N+ : N + N + is a bijection. 2. N is countably infinite, since f : N N +, f(n) := n+1 is a bijection. 3. Z is countably infinite, since f : N + Z, f(1) := 0, f(2n) := n, f(2n+1) := n (n N + ) is a bijection. 4. Q + is countably infinite, since it is infinite and countable ( f : Q + N +, f(p/q) := 2 p 3 q p, q N +, (p, q)=1 is an injection ). 5. N + N + is countably infinite, since it is infinite and countable ( f : N + N + N +, f(m, n) := 2 m 3 n is an injection ). Theorem (5.6). If A is a countable set and for all A A A is countable, then A is also countable. Proof. (1) If A = or A = { } then A is the empty set which is countable. (2) If A = then we define an injection from A to N + as follows: There exists an injection f : A N + and for all A A there exists an injection g A : A N +. For each x A there exists at least one set A A such that x A. Now we define F : A N + N +, F (x) := (f(a), g A (x)) N + N +. F is injective, since if F (x)=f (y) =: (m, n) then x, y f 1 (m) =: A, thus n = g A (x) = g A (y), which implies that x = y. Let G : N + N + N + be an injection (e.g. (m, n) 2 m 3 n ). Since (G F ) : A N + is injective, it follows that A is countable. 19

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