Math Help - Symmetric Difference

1. Symmetric Difference

I have a problem which s related to this symmetric propety.
Show that there exist a unique set $N$ such that $(A \Delta N)=A$ for all $A$. The set $N$ is obviously the empty set. But then how do I prove the uniqueness part of $N$, i.e. if $(A \Delta N1)=A$ and $(A \Delta N2)=A$, then $N1=N2$= the empty set

2. Originally Posted by santiagos11
I have a problem which s related to this symmetric propety.
Show that there exist a unique set $N$ such that $(A \Delta N)=A$ for all $A$. The set $N$ is obviously the empty set.
$A\Delta N = A\, \Rightarrow \,\left( {A\backslash N} \right) \cup (N\backslash A) = A\; \Rightarrow \;A \cap N^c \subseteq A\;\& \;N \cap A^c \subseteq A$
We know that $N = \left( {N \cap A} \right) \cup \left( {N \cap A^c } \right)$.
But that along with the above means that $N \subseteq A$. WHY?

Now suppose that $\left( {\exists p} \right)\left[ {p \in N} \right]$ this means that $p \in N \cap A\; \Rightarrow \;p \notin N\backslash A \wedge p \notin A\backslash N$.
Is that a contradiction?

3. thank you. You are very good in your arguments.

4. I have yet another simmilar problem.
Suppose $A,B$ are sets. Show that there exist a unique set $C$ such that $(A \Delta C)=B$. If $A,B$ are disjoint, then $C=A \cup B$. But if not, then what would C have to be?

5. never mind. i got it