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Lesson 7.2: Set Notation: Union, Intersections and the Infinity Symbol




infinity symbol


In set notation, each element of the set is listed and separated by a comma, with all of the elements between curly brackets or braces. The numeric indicator is required with any numeral that immediately follows a bracket or brace since both of these symbols terminate numeric mode. Sets are typically named using capital letters. A single letter other than A, I, or O requires a grade 1 indicator when it is standing alone. Follow print for spacing of symbols.


Set notation describes the relationship of one set to another. The union of a collection of sets is the set of all elements in the collection and is denoted by the union symbol in print, ∪. In braille the union symbol is formed with two cells, dots four six in the first cell and dots two three five in the second cell. The intersection of two sets is the set that contains all elements of one set that also belong to the other, but no other elements. The intersection is denoted by the intersection symbol, ∩. In braille, this symbol is made with two cells, dots four six in the first and dots two three six in the second. Follow print for use and spacing of the symbols.

The infinity symbol is often represented by a figure that looks like a numeral eight in the horizontal position in print. In braille, this symbol is made with two cells; the numeric prefix, dots three four five six in the first cell and a full cell, dots one two three four five six in the second.

Example 1

Infinity plus 1 equals infinity

Example 2

Negative infinity times infinity equals negative infinity

Example 3

59 to infinity

Example 4

The line goes to infinity.

Example 5

[20, infinity)

Example 6

(negative infinity, 15]

Example 7

A intersection B equals {3}

Example 8

A union B equals {1, 2, 3}

Example 9

B prime equals {2, 4, 6}

Example 10

A intersection B equals empty set

Example 11

P prime union Q prime equals open parenthesis P intersection Q close parenthesis prime

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