Tips and Tricks and Shortcuts for Set Theory

Tips and Tricks and Shortcuts for Set theory

A set is a collection of some items (elements). To define a set we can simply list all the elements in curly brackets,

For Ex- To define a set A that consists of the two elements x and y, we write A={x,y}.

To say  that y belongs to A, we write  y ∈ A, where “∈” is pronounced “belong to”. To say that an element does not belong to a set, we use “∉”. For example – B ∉ A

  • The set of natural number N = {1,2,3……}. Z={⋯,−3,−2,−1,0,1,2,3,⋯}

    “> Q


  • The set of integers Z={….., -3,-2,-1,0,1,2,3…..}.
  • The set of Real number is R
  • The set of Rational number is Q
Set Thoery tips and tricks

Set Theory Tips and Tricks

Example of Subsets
If E= {1,4} and C = {1,4,9}, then E⊂C

  • N⊂Z
  • Q⊂Z


Tips and Tricks For Set Theory

Question 1

In a presidential election, there are four candidates. Call them A,B,C and D. Based on our polling analysis, we estimate that A has 20% chance of winning the election. While B has 40% chance of winning. What is the probability that a or A or B win the election?

None of these


Notice that the events that {A wins}, {B wins}, {C wins} and {D wins} are disjoint since more than one of them cannot occur at the same time. If A wins then B cannot win. From the third axiom of probability, the probability of the union of two disjoint events is the summation of individual probabilities. Therefore,

P(A wins or B wins) = P( {A wins} ∪ { B wins} )

=  P ( {A wins} + P{B wins} )

= 0.2 + 0.4
= 0.6
Correct options (B)

Set Theory Tips and Tricks and Shortcuts

Question 2

If you roll a fair die. What is the probability of E = {1,5}?

\frac{1}{3} \

(b) \frac{2}{8} \

(c) \frac{2}{6} \

P({1}) = P({2}) =…….= P({6})

1 = P{S}
= P ( {1}∪{2}∪ ….. ∪{6} )

= P({1}) + P({2}) + ……. +P({6})
= 6P({1})


P({1}) = P({2}) = …. = P({6}) = \frac{1}{6} \

P(E) = P({1,5}) = P({1}) + P({5}) = \frac{2}{6} \ = \frac{1}{3} \