# Complete Guide For Class 11 Math Chapter 1 – Sets

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## Introduction To Sets

A set is a well-defined collection of distinct objects or elements. The chapter covers various types of sets, including finite, infinite, equal, and empty sets. Key operations on sets, such as union, intersection, difference, and complement, are discussed, along with Venn diagrams for visual representation. It also explores subsets, power sets, and the concept of a universal set. Understanding these basic set operations and representations lays the foundation for advanced mathematical concepts in algebra, geometry, and calculus.

In a classroom setting, let’s define groups of students:

- Girl students of age group 15 to 17 years
- Students of Dance

These collections are **well-defined** and form sets.

On the other hand, consider the collection of **Good Students**. This is **not well-defined**, as the criteria for determining a “good student” can vary from person to person. Hence, this collection does not form a set.

**Sets**

**Definition**

A set is a **well-defined collection** of objects.

**Examples:**

- The collection of rivers in India forms a set.
- The collection of all prime numbers less than 30 forms a set.
- The collection of all vowels in the English alphabet forms a set.
- The collection of even natural numbers less than 8 forms a set.

**Symbols: ∈ and ∉**

- If an element belongs to a set, we use the Greek symbol
**∈**. - If an element does not belong to a set, we use the symbol
**∉**.

**Example:**If A is the set of all prime numbers, then

2 ∈ A, 3 ∈ A, but 4 ∉ A.

**Representations of Sets**

**Methods of Representations**

**Roster or Tabular Form****Set-builder Form**

**1. Roster or Tabular Form**

In this method, a set is represented by **listing all the elements**, separated by commas, and enclosed within braces {}.

**Example:** The set of all vowels in the English alphabet is represented in Roster form as

{a, e, i, o, u}.

**Remarks:**

- Repetitions of elements are generally not allowed in roster form.
- The order in which elements are listed is not important.

**2. Set-builder Form**

In this form, a set is described by stating a **single common property** of its elements.

**Key Points:**

- A variable followed by a colon denotes each element of the set.
- After the colon, the characteristic property is written.
- The whole description is enclosed within braces.

**Example:**

{x: = p/q, where p and q are integers and q≠0}. This is the set of all rational numbers.

**Empty Set**

**Definition**

A set that **does not contain any elements** is called an empty set. It is also known as the null set or void set.

A null set is denoted by ϕ or {}.

**Example:**The set of natural numbers less than 1 is empty.

**Finite and Infinite Sets**

**Finite Set**

A set that contains **finite elements** is called a finite set.

**Example:**Let the set of boys be denoted by A.

A = {Raj, Ashu, Amit, Somveer, Dhanu, Sanju}

**Infinite Set**

A set that contains **infinite elements** is called an infinite set.

**Example:**The set of multiples of 3 is represented by T.

T = {3,6,9,12,15,… }

**Definition Recap**

A set that is **empty or contains finite elements** is finite. Otherwise, it is an infinite set.

**Examples:**

- The set {x:x ∈ Z and x² = 9} is finite because it contains only two elements: 3 and -3.
- The set {x:x ∈ N and x is even} is infinite.

**Equal Sets**

**Definition**

Two sets A and B are **equal** if they have **the same elements**.

**Example:**A = {x: x − 5 = 0}

B = {x : x ∈ N and x² = 25}

Both sets are equal.

**Subsets**

**Definition**

A set A is a subset of set B if **every element** of A is also an element of B. This is symbolically represented as A ⊆ B.

If A is **not** a subset of B, we write A ⊈ B.

**Intervals as Subsets of R**

Let a < b and a, b ∈ R, then:

- (a,b) = {x: a < x < b} (open interval, excluding a and b)
- [a,b] = {x: a ≤ x ≤ b} (closed interval, including a and b)
- [a,b) = {x: a ≤ x < b}(including a but not b)
- (a,b] = {x: a < x ≤ b} (including b but not a)

The set (−∞,∞) describes the set of real numbers R, and all the intervals described above are subsets of R.

**Power Set**

**Definition**

For any set A, the **power set** is the collection of **all subsets** of A. It is denoted by P(A).

If the number of elements in A = m, then the number of subsets in the power set of A is 2ᵐ.

**Example:**If A = {a,b}, then

P(A) = {∅,{a},{b},{a,b}}.

**Universal Set**

**Definition**

A **universal set** is the set of **all objects or elements** under consideration. It is denoted by U.

**Example:**For the set of all integers, the universal set can be the set of all rational numbers.

**Venn Diagrams**

A **Venn diagram** is a **diagrammatic representation** of sets. It typically consists of a rectangle (representing the universal set) and closed curves, usually circles, representing subsets within the universal set.

**Example:**If A = {1,3,6}, B = {6,7} and U = {1,3,4,6,7}, the Venn diagram would look like this:

**Operations on Sets**

**Union of Sets****Intersection of Sets****Difference of Sets****Complement of a Set**

**1. Union of Sets**

The **union** of sets A and B is the set containing **all elements of A and B**, but common elements are taken only once. It is denoted by A∪B.

**Example:**A∪B = {x: x ∈ A or x ∈ B}

**2. Intersection of Sets**

The **intersection** of sets A and B is the set of elements **common** to both sets. It is denoted by ABA.

**Example:**A∩B = {x: x ∈ A and x ∈ B}

**Example:**If A = {1,3,5,7,9} and B = {2,4,5,6,8}, then:

(i) A∩B = {5}

(ii) A∪B = {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9}

**Properties of Union and Intersection**

**Commutative Law:**- A∩B = B∩A
- A∪B = B∪A

**Associative Law:**- A∩(B∩C) = (A∩B)∩CA
- A∪(B∪C) = (A∪B)∪CA

**Laws of ∅ and U:**- A∩∅ = ∅
- U∩A = A
- A∪∅ = A
- U∪A = U

**Idempotent Law:**- A∩A = A
- A∪A = A

**Difference of Sets**

The difference between sets A and B written as “A – B” is the set of all the elements of A which do not belong to B.

Example

If A = {3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24} and B = {6, 12, 18, 24, 30}, then

A – B = {3, 9, 15, 21}

**Complement of a Set**

If U is the universal set, then the complement of a set A is the set of all elements of U which are not the elements of A.

The complement of a set A is denoted by A’ or Aᶜ. Thus,

A’ = U – A = {x: x ∈ U and x ∉ A }

**Properties of Complement Sets**

**Complement Law:**- A∪A′ = U, where U is the universal set.
- A∩A′ = ϕ, where ϕ is the empty set.

**Law of Double Complementation:**- (A′)′ = A, i.e., the complement of the complement of set A is the set A itself.

**De Morgan’s Laws:**- (A∪B)′ = A′∩B′
- (A∩B)′ = A′∪B′

**Complement of the Universal Set:**- U′ = ϕ, i.e., the complement of the universal set is the empty set.

**Complement of the Empty Set:**- ϕ′ = U, i.e., the complement of the empty set is the universal set.

These properties are essential for simplifying set expressions and solving problems involving operations with sets.

**Number of Elements in Sets**

The **number of elements in a set** refers to the total count of distinct elements in a finite set. This is denoted by n(A), where A is a set.

**Important Results on Number of Elements in Sets:**

**Union of Two Sets:**

If A and B are two finite sets, then the number of elements in their union is given by:

n(A∪B) = n(A) + n(B) − n(A∩B)

This formula accounts for the common elements that are included in both sets.

**Disjoint Sets:**

If A and B are disjoint sets (i.e., A∩B = ϕ), then:

n(A∪B) = n(A) + n(B).

## Let’s Conclude

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