Equivalence class proof

  1. May 4, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Prove that if (a1, b1) ~ (a2, b2) and (c1, d1) ~ (c2, d2), then (a1, b1) + (c1, d1) ~ (a2, b2) + (c2, d2)
    and (a1, b1) [tex]\bullet[/tex] (c1, d1) ~ (a2, b2)[tex]\bullet[/tex] (c2, d2).
    Let [a, b] denote the equivalence class with respect to ~ of (a, b) in Z x (Z-{0}), and define Q to be the set of equivalence classes of Z x (Z-{0}).
    For all [a, b], [c, d] in Q define [a, b] + [c, d] = [(a, b) + (c, d)] and [a, b][tex]\bullet[/tex] [c, d] = [(a, b) (c, d)]; these definitions make sense, i.e., they do not depend on the choice of representatives.

    2. Relevant equations

    (a, b) + (c, d) = (ad + bc, bd) and (a, b) [tex]\bullet[/tex] (c, d) = (ac, bd)
    (a, b) ~ (c, d) if and only if ad = bc

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I tried using those definitions.
    I know you have to assume that (a1, b1) ~ (a2, b2) and (c1, d1) ~ (c2, d2).
    But I get stuck afterwards. Where do I go from there? Do I need something more?
  2. jcsd
  3. May 5, 2009 #2
    Are you asking how to prove this?

    Write down what (a1, b1) ~ (a2, b2) means and what (c1, d1) ~ (c2, d2) means; these are given.

    Write down what (a1, b1) + (c1, d1) is, what (a2, b2) + (c2, d2) is, and then what (a1, b1) + (c1, d1) ~ (a2, b2) + (c2, d2) means. This is what you must prove. The proof practically writes itself once you write down what these statements mean.

    Repeat for *, which may require a tiny trick.

    Write out your work for us and ask questions if you get stuck.
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