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Proof in relation with totally and partially ordered sets

  1. Aug 24, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data.

    Let A be a chain and B a partially ordered set. Now let f be an injective function from A to B and suppose that if a,b are elements of A and a≤b, then f(a)≤f(b). Prove that f(a)≤f(b) implies a≤b.

    3. The attempt at a solution.

    I want to check if this proof by contradiction is correct:

    Let a,b be elements in A such that f(a)≤f(b). Since A is a chain, a and b must satisfy a≤b or a>b. Suppose a>b, then the statement a≥b is also true, so, by hypothesis, f(a)≥f(b). But then, f(a)<=f(b)<=f(a). B is a partially ordered set, so by the antisymmetric property of posets f(a)≤f(b) and f(a)≥f(b) imply f(a)=f(b). The function f is injective and, by definition of injectivity, f(a)=f(b) implies a=b, which contradicts the assumption a>b. Therefore, it must be a≤b.
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  3. Aug 25, 2013 #2


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    Looks good to me.
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