SETS
A = {1, 3, 2, 5}
n(A) = | A | = 4
Sets use “curly” brackets
The number of elements
in Set A is 4
Sets are denoted by
...
A set is a distinct collection of objects. The objects are
called elements.
{1, 2, 3, 4} = {2, 3, 1, 4}
Order does not mat...
If a set doesn't contain any elements it is called the
empty set or the null set. It is denoted by ∅ or { }.
NOT {∅} 
It ...
?
Number of
Elements in Set
Possible Subsets Total Number of
Possible Subsets
1. {A} {A} ∅ 2
2. {A , B} {A , B} {A} {B} ∅ ...
A ∪ B
This is the union symbol. It means the set that consists of all
elements of set A and all elements of set B.
= {1, 2...
These sets can be visualized with circles in what is called a
Venn Diagram.
A ∪ B
A B
Everything that is in
A or B.
A B
A ...
Often will have a set that contains all elements that we
wish to consider. This is called the universal set. All other
set...
100 people were surveyed. 52 people in a survey owned a
cat. 36 people owned a dog. 24 did not own a dog or cat.
Draw a Ve...
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  1. 1. SETS A = {1, 3, 2, 5} n(A) = | A | = 4 Sets use “curly” brackets The number of elements in Set A is 4 Sets are denoted by Capital letters A3∈ A7∉ 3 is an element of A 7 is not an element of A
  2. 2. A set is a distinct collection of objects. The objects are called elements. {1, 2, 3, 4} = {2, 3, 1, 4} Order does not matter. If a set contains the same elements as another set, the sets are equal. {1, 3, 2, 3, 5, 2} We never repeat elements in a set.{1, 3, 2, 5} This symbol means "is a subset of" This is read "A is a subset of B".A ⊂ B A = {1, 2, 3} B = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} {1, 2, 3, 5} In ascending order
  3. 3. If a set doesn't contain any elements it is called the empty set or the null set. It is denoted by ∅ or { }. NOT {∅}  It is agreed that the empty set is a subset of all other sets so: where is any set.A A∅ ⊆ List all of the subsets of {1, 2, 3}. ∅ Notice the empty set is NOT in set brackets. {1} {2} {3} {1, 2} {1, 3} {2, 3} {1, 2, 3} A⊂∅
  4. 4. ? Number of Elements in Set Possible Subsets Total Number of Possible Subsets 1. {A} {A} ∅ 2 2. {A , B} {A , B} {A} {B} ∅ 4 3. {A , B , C} {A , B , C} {A , B} {A , C} {B , C} {A} {B} {C} ∅ 8 4. {A , B , C, D} {A , B , C , D} {A , B , C} {A , B , D} {A , C , D} {B , C , D} {A , B} {A , C} {A , D} {A , B} …… {D} ∅ 16 The number of possible subsets of a set of size n is ?2n
  5. 5. A ∪ B This is the union symbol. It means the set that consists of all elements of set A and all elements of set B. = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9} Remember we do not list elements more than once. A ∩ B This is the intersect symbol. It means the set containing all elements that are in both A and B. = {1, 3, 5} A = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} B = {1, 3, 5, 7, 9}
  6. 6. These sets can be visualized with circles in what is called a Venn Diagram. A ∪ B A B Everything that is in A or B. A B A ∩ B Everything that is in A AND B. A B
  7. 7. Often will have a set that contains all elements that we wish to consider. This is called the universal set. All other sets are subsets of this set. Universal Set A B A ∩ B = ∅ There are no elements in both A and B. When this is the case they are called disjoint sets. A This means the complement of A, and means the set of all elements in the universal set that are not in A. A A
  8. 8. 100 people were surveyed. 52 people in a survey owned a cat. 36 people owned a dog. 24 did not own a dog or cat. Draw a Venn diagram. universal set is 100 people surveyed C D Set C is the cat owners and Set D is the dog owners. The sets are NOT disjoint. Some people could own both a dog and a cat. 24 Since 24 did not own a dog or cat, there must be 76 that do. n(C ∪ D) = 76 This n means the number of elements in the set 52 + 36 = 88 so there must be 88 - 76 = 12 people that own both a dog and a cat. 12 40 24 Counting Formula: n(A ∪ B) = n(A) + n(B) - n(A ∩ B)

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