(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Define f: Z+ X Z+ -> Z+ by

f(a,b) = 2^(a-1)(2b-1) for all a,b in Z+

where Z+ is the set of all positive integers,

and X is the Cartesian product

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

If we assume (a,b) as ordered pairs and write them as follows:

(1,1) (1,2) (1,3) (1,4)..........(a,b+n)

(2,1) (2,2) (2,3) (2,4)..........(a+1,b+n)

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(a+n,b)..............................(a+n,b+n)

Using diagonal processing, we deduce that f is one-one.

Now can we also assume it is onto because f(a,b) maps to exactly one ordered pair?

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