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Let f : A → B be a function and let Γ ⊂ B × B be an equivalence relation on B. Prove that the set (f × f)^-1 (Γ) ⊂ A × A (this can be described as {(a, a′) ∈ A × A|(f(a), f(a′)) ∈ Γ}) is an equivalence relation on A.

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3. The attempt at a solution

Let (f(a),f(a’)) ⊂ Γ. Since f(a) and f(a’) hold an equivalence relation with eachother, it follows that a and a’ hold an equivalence relation with eachother. Since f(a) and f(a’) are arbitrary elements of Γ, it follows that (fxf)-1Γ ⊂ A x A is an equivalence relation on A.

I'm not sure if thi is the right approach. In particular im not sure that i can say that f(a) and f(a') holding an equivalence relation means that a and a' hold one too.

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