# Union of Sets

Definition of Union

of Sets:

Union of two given sets is the smallest set

which contains all the elements of both the sets.

To find the union of two given sets A and B is a set which consists of all the elements of A and all the elements of B such that no element is repeated.

The symbol for denoting union of sets is ‘**∪**’.

**For example;**

Let set A = {2, 4, 5, 6}

and set B = {4, 6, 7, 8}

Taking every element of both the sets A and B, without repeating any element, we get a new set = {2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8}

This new set contains all the elements of set A and all the elements of set B with no repetition of elements and is named as **union of set A and B**.

The symbol used for the union of two

sets is ‘**∪**’.

Therefore,

symbolically, we write

union of the two sets A and B is A ∪ B which means A union B.

Therefore, A ∪ B = {x : x ∈ A or x ∈ B}

Solved examples to find union of two given sets:

**1.**** **If** **A = {1, 3, 7, 5} and

**B** = {3, 7, 8, 9}. Find union of two set A and B.

**Solution:**

A ∪** B** = {1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9}

No element is repeated in the union of two sets.

The common elements 3, 7 are taken only once.

**2.** Let

**X** = {a, e, i, o, u} **and Y** = {ф}. Find union of two

given sets X and Y.

**Solution:**

X ∪ Y = {a, e,

i, o, u}

Therefore,

union of any set with an empty set is the set itself.

**3.**

If set P = {2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7}, set Q = {0, 3, 6, 9, 12} and set R = {2, 4, 6,

8}.

(i) Find the union of sets P and Q

(ii) Find the union of two set P and R

(iii)

Find the union of the given sets Q and R

**Solution: **

(i) Union of sets P and Q is P ∪ Q

The smallest set which contains all the

elements of set P and all the elements of set Q is {0, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12}.

(ii) Union of two set P and R is P ∪ R

The smallest set which contains all the

elements of set P and all the elements of set R is {2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8}.

(iii) Union of the given sets Q and R

is Q ∪ R

The smallest set which contains all the

elements of set Q and all the elements of set R is {0, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12}.

**Notes:**

A and B are the

subsets of A ∪ B

The union of sets is commutative, i.e., A ∪ B = B ∪ A.

The operations are performed when the sets are

expressed in roster form.

Some properties of the operation of

union:

(i) A∪B = B∪A **(Commutative law)**

(ii) A∪(B∪C) = (A∪B)∪C

**(Associative law)**** **

(iii) A ∪ ϕ = A **(Law of identity element, is the identity of **

**∪**

**)**

(iv) A∪A = A

**(Idempotent law)**** **

(v) U∪A = U

**(Law of ****∪****)** ∪ is the universal set.

**Notes:**

A ∪ ϕ = ϕ ∪ A = A i.e. union of any set with the empty set is

always the set itself.