 # Complement of a Set

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In today’s class, we will be talking about the complement of a set. Enjoy the class!

### Complement of Set In complement of a set if ξ be the universal set and A a subset of ξ, then the complement of A is the set of all elements of ξ which are not the elements of A.

Symbolically, we denote the complement of A with respect to ξ as A’.

###### For example:

If ξ = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7}

A = {1, 3, 7} find A’.

Solution

We observe that 2, 4, 5, 6 are the only elements of ξ which do not belong to A.

Therefore, A’ = {2, 4, 5, 6}

Note:

The complement of a universal set is an empty set.

The complement of an empty set is a universal set.

The set and its complement are disjoint sets.

###### For example:
1. Let the set of natural numbers be the universal set and A is a set of even natural numbers,

then A’ {x: x is a set of odd natural numbers}

1. Let ξ = The set of letters in the English alphabet.

A = The set of consonants in the English alphabet

then A’ = The set of vowels in the English alphabet.

1. Show that;

(a) The complement of a universal set is an empty set.

Let ξ denote the universal set, then

ξ’ = The set of those elements which are not in ξ.

= empty set = ϕ

Therefore, ξ = ϕ so the complement of a universal set is an empty set.

(b) A set and its complement are disjoint sets.

Let A be any set then A’ = set of those elements of ξ which are not in A’.

Let x ∉ A, then x is an element of ξ not contained in A’

So, x ∉ A’

Therefore, A and A’ are disjoint sets.

Therefore, Set and its complement are disjoint sets

Similarly, in the complement of a set when U be the universal set and A is a subset of U. Then the

the complement of A is the set all elements of U which are not the elements of A.

Symbolically, we write A’ to denote the complement of A with respect to U.

Thus, A’ = {x: x ∈ U and x ∉ A}

Obviously, A’ = {U – A}

###### For example:

Let U = {2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16}

A = {6, 10, 4, 16}

A’ = {2, 8, 12, 14}

We observe that 2, 8, 12, 14 are the only elements of U which do not belong to A.

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