# Thread: Need help understanding very basic set theory

1. ## Need help understanding very basic set theory

1) 3 E {1,2,3}
2) 1 is not a subset of {1}
3){2} is not a subset of {1,{2},{3}}
4){1} is a subset of of {1,{2}}

I kind of understand the basics but am still lost when it comes to knowing how to read these in my head and understand what going on....

Thanks

2. 1) 3 E {1,2,3}
2) 1 is not a subset of {1}
3){2} is not a subset of {1,{2},{3}}
4){1} is a subset of of {1,{2}}

1. 3 is an element of the set
2. 1 is not a subset of the set, just an element
3. {2} is a subset of the set
4. {1} is not a subset of the set,
if the set were{{1},{2}} then {1} would be a subset of it

3. Originally Posted by statman101
1) 3 E {1,2,3}
2) 1 is not a subset of {1}
3){2} is not a subset of {1,{2},{3}}
4){1} is a subset of of {1,{2}}

1. 3 is an element of the set
2. 1 is not a subset of the set, just an element
3. {2} is a subset of the set
4. {1} is not a subset of the set,
if the set were{{1},{2}} then {1} would be a subset of it
statman101
If I read you correctly, the you missed 3 & 4.
$\displaystyle \{2\}\not\subseteq\{1,\{2\},\{3\}\}$ but this is true $\displaystyle \{2\}\in\{1,\{2\},\{3\}\}$.

$\displaystyle \{1\}\subseteq\{1,\{2\},\{3\}\}$ because $\displaystyle 1\in\{1,\{2\},\{3\}\}$

4. thanks for the reply guys