# Homework Help: DISCRETE: A-ø=? (A is defined)

1. Feb 4, 2014

### MelissaJL

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Suppose A={ø,1,2,{1,2},{3}}. Determine if each statement is true or false. Give a brief justification for your answers.
(I finished the majority of them except for the last two)
g) A-ø=A
h) A-ø={1,2,{1,2},{3}}

2. Relevant equations
The definition of difference between two sets.
Let A and B both be sets. Then A-B={x: x$\in$A and x$\notin$B}

3. The attempt at a solution
So basically one of the questions is false and the other is true. Immediately I want to say (h) is true just because A has an empty set in it but after thinking about it I think (g) is true.
This is because we are trying compare what is in the empty set that A also contains... but the empty set has nothing in it so there is nothing to take from A. Therefore A-ø=A. Is this right? If it's not can someone explain to me why?
I'm getting quite conflicted as to which one I believe is true. Help understanding which is true would be greatly appreciated. :)

2. Feb 4, 2014

### Dick

Think about the difference between A-ø and A-{ø}. ø (which has no elements) and {ø} (which has one element ø) are two different things. That might help.

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3. Feb 4, 2014

### MelissaJL

Thanks, so (g) is true and (h) is false. If (h) were to be true then it would be A-{emptyset}={1,2,{1,2},{3}}?

4. Feb 4, 2014

### Dick

Yes, A-{ø}={1,2,{1,2},{3}}. A-ø=A. You were right.

5. Feb 4, 2014

### MelissaJL

Thank you so much :)