Exercises for Chapter 1: Preliminaries CC-BY-NC

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1Section 1.1

1.1Question 1

If $A$ and $B$ are sets, show that $A \subseteq B$ if and only if $A \cap B = A$.

First, we show that if $A \subseteq B$, then $A \cap B = A$. Well, if $a \in A$, then $a \in B$ by virtue of the fact that $A$ is a subset of $B$. So every element in $A$ is also in $B$. Recall that the intersection of $A$ and $B$ contains all elements that are contained in both $A$ and $B$. An element $b \in B$ that is not an element of $A$ would also not be in their intersection. So the intersection $A \cap B$ would only contain elements in $A$, and so $A cap B \subseteq A$. Since every element in $A$ is also an element of $A \cap B$ (as $A \subseteq B$) then we also have that $A \subseteq A \cap B$ and so $A \cap B = A$.

Next, we prove the statement in the other direction: if $A \cap B = A$, then $A \subseteq B$. $A \cap B = A$ tells is that for any $a \in A$, $a \in A \cap B$ as well. So all the elements that are in $A$ are also part of the intersection of $A$ and $B$. But this can only happen if all the elements in $A$ are also in $B$, and so it must be that $A \subseteq B$.

Since $A \subseteq B$ and $B \subseteq$, $A = B$. $\blacksquare$

1.2Question 2

Prove the second De Morgan Law: $A \setminus (B \cap C) = (A \setminus B) \cup (A \setminus C)$.

First, we show that $(A \setminus (B \cap C)) \subseteq ((A \setminus B) \cup (A \setminus C))$. Let $d \in (A \setminus (B \cap C))$ represent an arbitrary element in that set. $d$ must be in $A$, but must not be in the intersection of $B$ and $C$, meaning that it can be at most one of $B$ or $C$. If it is in $B$ but not in $C$, then it is in $A \setminus C$ but not $A \setminus B$; if it is $C$ but not in $B$, then it is in $A \setminus B$ but not $A \setminus C$; and if it is in neither $B$ nor $C$ then it is in both $A \setminus B$ and $A \setminus C$. In all three cases, $d$ must be in the union of $A \setminus B$ and $A \setminus C$, and so any element in $A \setminus (B \cap C)$ must also be in $(A \setminus B) \cup (A \setminus C)$. This tells us that $(A \setminus (B \cap C)) \subseteq ((A \setminus B) \cup (A \setminus C))$, which completes the first part of the proof.

Next, we show that $((A \setminus B) \cup (A \setminus C)) \subseteq (A \setminus (B \cap C))$. Let $e \in ((A \setminus B) \cup (A \setminus C))$. $e$ must be in $A$, and at most one of $B$ or $C$ (for if it were in both, then neither $A \setminus B$ nor $A \setminus C$ would contain it and so it would not be in the union). Consequently, $e \notin B \cap C$, as it cannot be in both $B$ and $C$. Therefore, $e \in (A \setminus (B \cap C))$, and so $((A \setminus B) \cup (A \setminus C)) \subseteq (A \setminus (B \cap C))$.


1.3Question 3

Prove the distributive laws:
(a) $A \cap (B \cup C) = (A \cap B) \cup (A \cap C)$
(b) $A \cup (B \cap C) = (A \cup B) \cap (A \cup C)$

(a) Let $d \ in A \cap (B \cup C)$. So $d$ must be in $A$, and it must also be in $B \cup C$, i.e., either $B$ or $C$ or both. If it is in $B$, and not $C$, it is in $A \cap B$, but not $A \cap C$; consequently, it would be in $(A \cap B) \cup (A \cap C)$. Similarly, if $d \in C$ and $d \notin B$, then it is in $A \cap C$ but not $A \cap B$ and so it would again be in their union. If it is in both $B$ and $C$, then it would be in both $A \cap B$ and $A \cap C$ and so would again be in their union. Consequently, for any $d \in A \cap (B \cup C)$, $d \in (A \cap B) \cup (A \cap C)$, and so $A \cap (B \cup C) \subseteq (A \cap B) \cup (A \cap C)$.

Now we prove the other direction. Let $e \in (A \cap B) \cup (A \cap C)$. $e$ must be in either $A \cap B$ or $A \cap C$, or both. If it is the first case, then it's in $A \cap B$ and so in both $A$ and $B$, but not $C$. In this case it would be in $A$, and in the union of $B \cup C$, and consequently it would be in $A \cap (B \cup C)$. The argument is pretty similar for the other cases. Consequently, for any $e \in (A \cap B) \cup (A \cap C)$, $e \in A \cap (B \cup C)$, and so $(A \cap B) \cup (A \cap C) \subseteq A \cap (B \cup C)$.

By the previous parts, we conclude that $A \cap (B \cup C) = (A \cap B) \cup (A \cap C)$

(b) This proof is pretty similar to the above.

1.4Question 4

(a) Show that the symmetric difference (can also be thought of as XOR), $D$, of $A$ and $B$ is equivalent to $(A \setminus B) \cup (B\setminus A)$.
(b) Show that $D$ is also given by $(A \cup B) \setminus (A \cap B)$.

(a) Let $d \in D$. From the definition, we know that $d$ is in exactly one of $A$ and $B$. If $d \in A$, then $d \notin B$, and so it would be in $A \setminus B$. Otherwise, if $d \in B$, then $d \notin A$, and so $d \in (B \setminus A)$. Either way, it would be in the unions of $A \setminus B$ and $B \setminus A$. Consequently, for any $d \in D$, $d \in (A \setminus B) \cup (B \setminus A)$, and so $D \subseteq (A \setminus B) \cup (B \setminus A)$.

Now we prove the other direction. Let $e \in (A \setminus B) \cup (B \setminus A)$. So it must be in $(A \setminus B)$, or $(B \setminus A)$, or both. If it is in only $(A \setminus B)$, then it is in $A$ and not $B$, so it is in $D$ by definition. Similarly if it is in $B \setminus A$. It can't actually be in both, for then it would have to be in $A$ and not in $B$, and also in $B$ but not in $A$, which is a contradiction. So it must be that $e \in D$. Consequently, for any $e \in (A \setminus B) \cup (B \setminus A)$, $e \in D$, and so $(A \setminus B) \cup (B \setminus A) \subseteq D$.

By the previous parts, we conclude that $(A \setminus B) \cup (B \setminus A) = D$.

(b) If $d \in D$, then it could be in $A$ but not $B$ or $B$ but not $A$. If it's in the former, then it's in $A \cup B$ but not in $A \cap B$, so it would be in $(A \cup B) \setminus (A \cap B)$. Similarly, if it's in the latter, it would also be in $(A \cup B) \setminus (A \cap B)$. Consequently, for any $d \in D$, $d \in (A \cup B) / (A \cap B)$ and so $D \subseteq (A \cup B) / (A \cap B)$.

Now we prove the other direction. Let $e \in (A \cup B) / (B \cup A)$. So $e$ must be in at least one of $A$ and $B$, to be in their union, but it cannot be in their intersection, so it cannot be in both $A$ and $B$. Consequently, it must be in exactly one of $A$ or $B$, which is in fact the definition of $D$. So $(A \cup B) / (A \cap B) \subseteq D$.

By the previous parts, we conclude that $D = (A \cup B) / (A \cap B)$.

1.5Question 5

For each $n \in \mathbb{N}$, let $A_n = \{(n + 1)k : k \in \mathbb{N}\}$.

(a) What is $A_1 \cap A_2$?
(b) Determine the sets $\bigcup \{A_n:n\in \mathbb{N}\}$ and $\bigcap \{A_n : n \in \mathbb{N}\}$.

(a) $A_1 = \{2, 4, 6, 8, \ldots \}$. $A_2 = \{3, 6, 9, 12, \ldots \}$. Their intersection is given by $\{6, 12, 18, 24, \ldots \}$, i.e., $\{6k: k \in \mathbb{N}\}$. So, all numbers that are divisible by the product of $(1 + 1)$ and $(2 + 1)$, which is 6.

(b) The union is $\{n: n \in \mathbb{N} / \{1\}\}$ (so $\{2, 3, 4, 5, \ldots \}$). The intersection is empty.

1.6Question 6

Just diagrams. Easy enough. Skipping.

1.7Question 7

Let $A = B = \{x \in\mathbb{R}: -1 \leq x \leq 1\}$ and consider the subset $C = \{(x, y): x^2 + y^2 = 1\}$ of $A \times B$. Is $C$ a function?

No. There would have to be a unique $y$ for each $x$. But for $x = 0$, for example, both $y = 1$ and $y = -1$ satisfy the equation, and so we have $(0, 1)$ and $(0, -1)$ in the subset. But that violates one of the defining properties of a function (specifically, the "vertical line test").

1.8Question 8

Let $f(x) = \frac{1}{x^2}$, $x \neq 0$, $x \in \mathbb{R}$.

(a) Determine the direct image $f(E)$ where $E = \{x \in \mathbb{R}: 1 \leq x \leq 2\}$.
(b) Determine the inverse image $f^{-1}(G)$ where $G = \{x \in \mathbb{R}: 1 \leq x \leq 4\}$.

(a) $f(E) = \{x \in \mathbb{R}: \frac{1}{4} \leq x \leq 1\}$
(b) The singleton $\{1\}$.

1.9Question 9

Let $g(x) = x^2$ and $f(x) = x+2$ for $x \in \mathbb{R}$, and let $h$ be the composite function $h = g \circ f$.

(a) Find the direct image $h(E)$ of $E = \{ x \in \mathbb{R}: 0 \leq x \leq 1\}$.
(b) Find the inverse image $h^{-1}(G)$ of $G = \{x \in \mathbb{R}: 0 \leq x \leq 4\}$.

$h(x) = (x+2)^2$.

(a) $\{4 \leq x \leq 9\}$

(b) $\{-2 \leq x \leq 0\}$

1.10Question 10

Really long question for which I don't have a valid answer, so, skipped for now. Basically $E \cap F = \varnothing$? Is that important?

1.11Question 11

Skipped for now

1.12Question 12

Show that if $f: A \to B$ and $E, F$ and subsets of $A$, then $f(E \cup F) = F(E) \cup f(F)$ and f(E \cap F) \subseteq f(E) \cap f(F)$.


1.13Question 13


1.14Question 14

Show that the function $f$ defined by $f(x) = x / \sqrt{x^2+1}, x\in \mathbb{R}$, is a bijection of $R$ onto $\{y : -1 < y < 1\}$.

To show that it is injective: Assume that $f(x_1) = f(x_2)$, somehow prove that $x_1 = x_2$.

To show that it is surjective: Show that the range is indeed $-1 < y < 1$.

To be continued

2Section 1.2

2.1Question 1

Prove that that the following holds for all $n \in \mathbb N$.
$$\frac{1}{1 \cdot 2} + \frac{1}{2 \cdot 3} + \ldots + \frac{1}{n(n+1)} = \frac{n}{n+1}$$

Proof by induction. Base case, $n=1$:

$$\frac{1}{1\cdot 2} = \frac{1}{2} \, \checkmark$$

Assume that it holds for $n=k$. Then:

$$\begin{align}\frac{1}{1 \cdot 2} + \frac{1}{2 \cdot 3} + \ldots + \frac{1}{k(k+1)} + \frac{1}{(k+1)(k+2)} & = \frac{k}{k+1} + \frac{1}{(k+1)(k+2)} \tag{by IH} \\ & = \frac{k(k+2) + 1}{(k+1)(k+2)} \\ & = \frac{k^2+2k + 1}{(k+1)(k+2)} \\ & = \frac{(k+1)^2}{(k+1)(k+2)} = \frac{k+1}{k+2} \\ & = \frac{k+1}{(k+1) +1} \, \checkmark \end{align}$$

2.2Question 2

Prove that that the following holds for all $n \in \mathbb N$.
$$1^3+2^3+\ldots + n^3 = \left ( \frac{1}{2} n(n+1) \right )^2$$

Base case: $1^3 = 1 = 1^2$ $\checkmark$

IH: assume that it holds for $n=k$. Then:

$$\begin{align}1^3+3^3+\ldots+k^3+(k+1)^3 & = \left ( \frac{1}{2} k(k+1) \right )^2 + (k+1)^3 \tag{by IH} \\ & = \left( \frac{1}{2} \right )^2 k^2 (k+1)^2 + k^3 + 3k^2 + 3k + 1 \\ & = \frac{1}{4}(k^2(k^2+2k+1)) + \frac{1}{4}(4k^3+12k^2+12k + 4) \\ & = \frac{1}{4}(k^4+2k^3+k^2 + 4k^3+12k^2+12k + 4) \\ & = \frac{1}{4}(k^4+6k^3 + 13k^2+12k + 4) \\ & = \frac{1}{4} (k^2+3k+2)^2 = \frac{1}{4}((k+1)(k+2))^2 \\ & = \left ( \frac{1}{2}(k+1)(k+2) \right )^2 \,\checkmark \end{align}$$

2.3Question 3

Prove that the following holds for all $n \in \mathbb N$:
$$3 + 11 + \ldots + (8n-5) = 4n^2-n$$

Base case: $3 = 4 -1$ $\checkmark$

IH: assume it holds for $n=k$. Then:

$$\begin{align} 3+11+(8k-5) + (8(k+1)-5) & = 4k^2-k + (8(k+1) - 5 \tag{by IH} \\ & = 4k^2-k + (8k+3) = 4k^2-k+8k + 3 \\ & = (4k^2 + 8k + 4) -k - 1 = 4(k^2+2k+1) - (k+1) \\ & = 4(k+1)^2 - (k+1) \,\checkmark\end{align}$$

2.4Question 6

(Skipped 4-5 because they're pretty the same as the previous ones.)

Prove that $n^3+5n$ is divisible by 6 for all $n \in \mathbb N$.

Base case: $1^3+5(1) = 6$ which 6 does divide $\checkmark$

Assume $6 \mid k^3 + 5k$. Then:

$$\begin{align} (k+1)^3 + 5(k+1) & = k^3+3k^2+3k + 1 + 5k + 5 \\ & = (k^3 + 5k) + (3k^2+3k+6) = (k^3+5k) + 3(k^2+k+2) \end{align}$$


2.5Question 10

Conjecture and prove a formula for the sum
$$\frac{1}{1\cdot 3} + \frac{1}{3\cdot 5} + \ldots + \frac{1}{(2n-1)(2n+1)}$$

Conjectured formula: $\displaystyle \frac{n}{2n+1}$

Base case, $n=1$: $\displaystyle \frac{1}{1\cdot 3} = \frac{1}{3} \checkmark$

Assume IH for $n=k$. Then:

$$\begin{align} \frac{1}{1\cdot 3} + \ldots + \frac{1}{(2n-1)(2n+1)} + \frac{1}{2(n+1)-1)(2(n+1)+1)} & = \frac{n}{2n+1} + \frac{1}{2(n+1)-1)(2(n+1)+1)} \tag{by IH} \\ & = \frac{n}{2n+1} + \frac{1}{(2n+1)(2n+3)} = \frac{n(2n+3)}{(2n+1)(2n+3)} \\ & = \frac{n(2n+3) + 1}{(2n+1)(2n+3)} = \frac{2n^2+3n+1}{(2n+1)(2n+3)} \\ & = \frac{(2n+1)(n+1)}{(2n+1)(2n+3)} = \frac{n+1}{2n+3} \\ & = \frac{n+1}{2(n+1)+1} \,\checkmark \end{align}$$

2.6Question 11

Conjecture and prove a formula for the sum of the first odd natural numbers:

Conjectured formula: $n^2$.

Base case, $n=1$: $1 = 1^2 \checkmark$ lol

Assume IH for $n=k$. Then:

$$\begin{align} 1 + 3 + \ldots(2n-1) + (2(n+1) -1) & = n^2 + (2(n+1) -1) \tag{by IH} \\ & = n^2+(2n+1) = (n+1)^2\, ♥ \,\checkmark \tag{that was easy} \end{align}$$

3Section 1.3