a. Let (A,<) be a strictly ordered set and b not in A. Define a relation $\displaystyle \prec$ in $\displaystyle B=A \cup ${b} as follows:

x$\displaystyle \prec$y iff (x,y in A and x<y) or (x in A and y=b). Show that $\displaystyle \prec$ is a strict ordering of B and $\displaystyle \prec \cap A^2 =<.$ (Intuitively, $\displaystyle \prec$ keeps A ordered in the same way as < makes b greater than every element of A.)

b. Generalize part (a): Let ($\displaystyle A_1, <_1$) and ($\displaystyle A_2, <_2$) be strict orderings, $\displaystyle A_1 \cap A_2 = \emptyset$. Define a relation $\displaystyle \prec$ on B = $\displaystyle A_1 \cup A_2$ as follows:

x$\displaystyle \prec$y iff x,y in $\displaystyle A_1$ and $\displaystyle x <_1 y $

or x,y in $\displaystyle A_2$ and $\displaystyle x <_2 y$

or x in $\displaystyle A_1$ and y in $\displaystyle A_2$

Show that $\displaystyle \prec$ is a strict ordering of B and $\displaystyle \prec \cap A^{2}_1 = <_1, \prec \cap A^{2}_2=<_2$. (Intuitively, $\displaystyle \prec$ puts every element of $\displaystyle A_1$ before every element of $\displaystyle A_2$ and coincides with the original orderings of $\displaystyle A_1$ and $\displaystyle A_2$

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