cardinality

• Dec 8th 2009, 03:43 PM
Mathgirl2008
cardinality
Show that the sets [2,4] u [6,10] and (-2,2) have the same cardinality.(using the Schroeder-Berstein Theorem) so I have to define f: [2,4] u [6,10] --> (-2,2) by f(x)= any f(x) I get that works... when you inverse it so that I define f: (-2,2) --> [2,4] u [6,10] by g(x)= I can't get to work... can anyone help me?
• Dec 9th 2009, 12:37 PM
emakarov
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when you inverse it...
I am not sure if you mean inversing the first function. If you use Cantor–Bernstein–Schroeder theorem, you don't have to construct a bijection (which has to have an inverse). You just have to provide two injections: one from $[2,4]\cup [6,10]$ to $(-2,2)$ and one back.

Well, that should be easy. You can use linear functions $f(x)=ax+b$ for some $a,b$ to map $[2,4]$ inside $(-2,2)$, say, into $[-1.5,-0,5]$, and $[6,10]$ into, say, $[0.5,1.5]$. So, use make two linear functions and then glue them into one using a declaration like $f(x)=f_1(x)$ if ..., and $f(x)=f_2(x)$ if ... .

Conversely, you can inject $(-2,2)$ into, say, $(6,10)\subseteq [2,4]\cup [6,10]$.