# Variational methods - properties of convex hull

1. Mar 3, 2008

Show the following properties of convex hull:
(a) Co(CoA) = Co(A)
(b) Co(AUB) $$\supseteq$$Co(A) U Co(B)
(c) If A$$\subseteq$$B then Co(AUB)=Co(B)
(d) If A$$\subseteq$$B then Co(A)$$\subseteq$$Co(B)

The definition of a convex hull is a set of points A is the minimum convex set containing A.
(c) is quite trivial and i can get it.
but i am wondering about (a) and (b) and (d), anyone know if (d) is proven using (b) and (c) or is there another method of doing it.
I am having difficulty explaining (a), I think i understand why they are equal.. it is quite obvious, but i can't explain it well.
and as for (b) i am also lost for words for the explanation

any help would be greatly appreciated

2. Mar 3, 2008

### e(ho0n3

How about this explanation for (a): The minimum convex set of a convex set is itself and the result follows. For (b), pick two points in the union of Co(A) and Co(B) and show that they're also in Co(A U B).