Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH220/December 2009/Question 02 (b)
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Question 02 (b) 

Let A, B, C be sets. Prove the following distributive law from first principles: 
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Hint 

Proving this from first principles would mean to show that an element of the set on the left must be an element of the set on the right and vice versa. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We prove double inclusion of sets. First suppose that . To be a member of the set on the right, we must show that and that . If , then we are done. So suppose otherwise, that is, . Since we know that and and . Thus completing the proof in this direction. For the reverse direction, suppose that . If , then we are done. So suppose otherwise, that is . Then as and we must have that and since . Thus completing this inclusion and hence the proof. 