# Math Help - equivalence relations

1. ## equivalence relations

So this is a problem for one of my classes. I don't even know where to start...thanks for any help!

Let A be a non-empty set, and let E1 and E2 be equivalence relations on A with associated partitions D1 and D2 , respectively. Let E be the equivalence relation on A defined by E = E1 ∩ E2 , and D its associated partition. Come up with a proposition describing the relationship between
D1 , D2 and D. Prove your result.

2. Originally Posted by junebug5389
Let A be a non-empty set, and let E1 and E2 be equivalence relations on A with associated partitions D1 and D2 , respectively. Let E be the equivalence relation on A defined by E = E1 ∩ E2 , and D its associated partition. Come up with a proposition describing the relationship between D1 , D2 and D. Prove your result.
Given an equivalence relation $E$ on a set $A$, each cell in a partition determined by $E$ is one of these sets: $E_x = \left\{ {y \in A:\left( {x,y} \right) \in E} \right\}$.
Therefore the partition determined by $D$ is $\left\{ {E1_x \cap E2_x :x \in A} \right\}$.