By Charles C. Pinter

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The classical notation for this t is α(s). One calls this the image of s under α. In many books on algebra (including our previous ones) we find the notations sα and sα for α(s). This has advantages when we deal with the composite of maps. However, since the consensus clearly favors the classical notation α(s), we have decided to adopt it in this book. 32 Two maps are regarded as equal if and only if they have the same domain, the same co-domain and the same graphs. 3 If A is a subset of S, then we write α(A) = {α(a)|a ∈ A} and call this the image of A under α.

Moreover, the relation between E and π are reciprocal in the sense that πEπ = π and EπE = E. First, suppose E is given. If a ∈ S we let E (or simply ) = {b ∈ S|bEa}. We call E the equivalence class (relative to E or E-equivalence class) determined by a. In the first example considered in the last paragraph, the equivalence class E is the horizontal line through a and in the second, the equivalence class is the circle through a having center O: In both examples it is apparent that the set of equivalence classes is a partition of the plane.

For any infinite set there always exist bijective maps onto proper subsets. If S and T are finite sets then |S × T| = |S||T| and |ST| = |S||T| where ST is the set of maps of T into S. 64 An important result on cardinal numbers of infinite sets is the Schröder-Bernstein theorem: If we have injective maps of S into T and of T into S then |S| = |T|. 1 For a general reference book on set theory adequate for our purposes we refer the reader to the very attractive little book, Naive Set Theory. by Paul R.