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Homework Help: Complements of Ranges and Domains

  1. Oct 16, 2012 #1
    Given is the function of Set V towards Set W where A is a subset of V and B is a subset of W.

    Does the range of the complement of A equal the complement of the range of A?
    Does the domain of the complement of B equal the complement of the domain of B?

    I am not entirely sure how to answer this question.
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  3. Oct 16, 2012 #2


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    Or, apparently, even how to state it. What is B, just any subset of W? If A is a subset what does the "range of A" mean? What is the "domain of a set"?
  4. Oct 17, 2012 #3
    I am sorry if I didn't formulate the question properly, I had to translate this from Dutch, I don't know if range and domain are the proper terms. The question is about any function in general from V to W without any further specifications.

    I would think that these statements are both untrue, because all the elements in Set V and Set W are not necessarily paired, except when we are specifically talking about a bijection. Am I right?
  5. Oct 17, 2012 #4


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    I think that you may mean image rather than range, and pre-image rather than domain.


    Does the image of the complement of A equal the complement of the image of A?

    Does the pre-image of the complement of B equal the complement of the pre-image of B?
  6. Oct 17, 2012 #5
    Yes, that is right.

    I didn't know the English translation of these terms, although now I see that the Dutch word is a literal translation of the word image. Pre-image is called the complete image in Dutch.
  7. Oct 17, 2012 #6
    Searching for preimage I found that the second rule is true: http://mathprelims.wordpress.com/category/topology/page/2/

    I think that this must be true, because for every x in V there is only one y. But the other one is not true, because there can be more than one x's in V that have the same y in W.
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