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    Simple set proofs

    I find these problems easy enough to understand, I just have trouble with proofs that make sense.

    For example, if I wanted to prove:

    (C \cup D) \setminus (C\cap D)=(C\setminus D)\cup(D\setminus C)

    Can I write:

    (C \cup D)-(C\cap D)=\{x:x\in C or x\in D\}\wedge \{x\in C:x\not\in D\}\wedge \{x\in D:x\not\in C\}

    \Rightarrow ( \forall x \in C)(x \in (C\cup D^c )) and ( \forall x \in D)(x \in (D\cup C^c ))

    Hence,

    (C \cup D)\setminus (C\cap D)= (C\cup D^c ) \cup (D\cup C^c ) = (C\setminus D)\cup(D\setminus C)
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    If you can use a non 'pick-a-point' proof, here is one.
    \begin{array}{rcl}<br />
   {\left( {C \cup D} \right)\backslash \left( {C \cap D} \right)} &  \equiv  & {\left( {C \cup D} \right) \cap \left( {C \cap D} \right)^c }  \\<br />
   {} &  \equiv  & {\left( {C \cup D} \right) \cap \left( {C^c  \cup D^c } \right)}  \\<br />
   {} &  \equiv  & {\left( {C \cap D} \right) \cup \left( {D \cap C^c } \right)}  \\<br />
   {} &  \equiv  & {\left( {C\backslash D} \right) \cup \left( {D\backslash C} \right)}  \\<br /> <br />
 \end{array}
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    Yeah, I can do that much, but I think I would be accused of only "showing" it. Is the attempt I made above even an actual proof?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MathSucker View Post
    Yeah, I can do that much, but I think I would be accused of only "showing" it. Is the attempt I made above even an actual proof?
    Well a proof is proof. But follow your instructor’s instructions.

    If x\in(C\cup D)\setminus (C\cap D) means that x\in C\text{ or }x\in D\text{ and }x\notin(C\cap D).
    So the last implies x\notin C\text{ or }x\notin D.
    From there takes cases.
    Last edited by Plato; February 2nd 2011 at 03:53 PM.
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    I am struggling to understand the following.
    Quote Originally Posted by MathSucker View Post
    (C \cup D)-(C\cap D)=\{x:x\in C or x\in D\}\wedge \{x\in C:x\not\in D\}\wedge \{x\in D:x\not\in C\}
    First, \land usually denotes conjunction, which joins propositions, not sets. (Speaking of this, it's not good to use both \land and "and", as well as - and \setminus.) Second, I don't see how the right-hand side immediately follows from the definition of the left-hand side.
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