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Homework Help: Real Analysis Proof

  1. Mar 9, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I'm trying to show equivalence of two statements:

    Let f:S-->T be a function, show that f is 1-1 (injective) is equivalent to f(A n B) = f(A) n f(B) for all A,B subsets of S.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know equivalence means iff, so I started by assuming f is 1-1 and showing f(A n B) = f(A) n f(B) by showing containment both ways (I think I did that part right, since f(A n B) subset of f(A) n f(B) is easy, and f(A) n f(B) subset of f(A n B) uses the fact that f is 1-1).

    Now I assume f(A n B) = f(A) n f(B) and try to show f is 1-1. I let x,y be elements of S such that f(x) = f(y). And I don't know where to go from here. I guess I don't know how to combine f(x) = f(y) and f(A n B) = f(A) n f(B) but I'm pretty sure I have to, somehow. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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  3. Mar 9, 2010 #2


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    Perhaps let A={x} and B={y}?
  4. Mar 9, 2010 #3
    Or maybe A={x} and B=S-{x}.
  5. Mar 9, 2010 #4
    Thanks for the replies, I think I figured it out a way to do it. Since it is p iff q, and I can prove if p then q, for the if q then p I just proved the contrapositive, if not p then not q. This should be valid, right? Logic is confusing :rolleyes:
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