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The use of Venn diagram is to test your ability about the relation between some items of a group by diagrams. By good understanding of diagram we can easily solve the problem.

Some examples are given below:-

Eg.1: If all the words are of different groups, then they will be shown by the diagram as given below.
Dog, Cow, Horse

All these three are animals but of different groups, there is no relation between them. hence they will be represented by three different circles.

 

Eg.2: If the first word is related to second word and second word is related to third word. Then they will be shown by diagram as given below.
Unit, Tens, Hundreds

Ten units together make one Tens or in one tens, whole unit is available and ten tens together make one hundreds.

 

Eg.3: If two different items are completely related to third item, they will be shown as below.
Pen, Pencil, Stationary

Eg.4: If there is some relation between two items and these two items are completely related to a third item they will be shown as given below
Women, Sisters, Mothers

Some sisters may be mothers and vice-versa. Similarly some mothers may not be sisters and vice-versa. But all the sisters and all the mothers belong to women group.

 

Eg.5: Two items are related to a third item to some extent but not completely and first two items totally different.
Students, Boys, Girls

The boys and girls are different items while some boys may be students. Similarly among girls some may be students.

 

Eg.6: All the three items are related to one another but to some extent not completely.
Boys, Students, Athletes

Some boys may be students and vice-versa. Similarly some boys may be athletes and vice-versa. Some students may be athletes and vice-versa.

 

Eg.7: Two items are related to each other completely and third item is entirely different from two.
Lions, Carnivorous, Cows

All the lions are carnivorous but no cow is lion or carnivorous.

 

Eg.8: First item is completely related to second and third item is partially related to first and second item.
Dogs, Animals, Flesh-eaters

All the dogs are belonging to animals but some dogs are flesh eater but not all.

 

Eg.9: First item is partially related to second but third is entirely different from the first two.
Dogs, Flesh-eaters, Cows

Some dogs are flesh-eaters but not all while any dog or any flesh-eater cannot be cow.

 

In the corresponding cases we can analyse the data using Venn diagrams, which involves set theory.

Now let us observe the exemplary notes.

The objects in a set are called the members or elements of the set. If A= {1,2,3,3,5,6}, then 1,2,3,3,5 & 6 are the members or Elements of the set A.
If A={x:x is a positive integer divisible by 5 and x<30} or, A= {5,10,15,20,25} then 5,10,15,20,25 are the elements of the set A.

Observe the diagram

A∩B read as A intersection B, is the set having the common elements of both the sets A and B.

A∪B read as A union B is the set having all the elements of the sets A and B.

A-B is the set of elements present in A and are not in B. A-B represents the set A exclusively.

The number of elements of a set A is represented by n(A)

n(A∪B)= n(B∪A)

n(A∩B)= n(B∩A)

n(A-B) is not equal to n(B-A)

By the above Venn diagram it is obvious that

n(A)= n(A-B)+n(A∩B)............. (1)

n(B)= n(B-A)+n(A∩B).............. (2)

n(A∪B)= n(A-B)+n(A∩B)+n(B-A)... (3)

Adding (1) and (2) we get,

n(A)+n(B)= n(A-B)+n(B-A)+n(A∩B)+n(A∩B)

or n(A)+n(B)-n(A∩B)= n(A-B)+n(B-A)+n(A∩B)............ (4)

From (3) and (4) we have

n(A∪B)=n(A)+n(B)-n(A∩B)............ (5)

 

Exercise Questions

 

1) Statements : All C’s are D’s.
                       All  D’s are E’s.

    Conclusions: I. All C’s are E’s.
                      II. All E’s are C’s.
                      III. Some D’s are C’s.
                      IV. Some D’s are not C’s.

 

1) Only I and IV follow

2) Only III and IV follow

3) Only I and III follow

4) All follow    

5) None of these

Ans: Choice (3)

Conclusions  I and III are true in all the above diagrams. Conclusions II is not true in A and B. Conclusion IV is not true in diagram C, hence it does not follow.

 

 

2) Statements : All computers are complicated.
                        All complicated things are costly.
                        No machine is costly. 

   Conclusions: I. All computers are costly.
                     II. All complicated things are computers.
                    III. No computer is machine.

  (1) Only I, III and IV follow

  (2) Only II follows.

  (3) Only III and IV follow.

  (4) All follow

  (5) None of these

Ans: Choice (1).

Conclusions I, III and IV are true in all the above diagrams, hence they follow. II is not true in diagram A, hence it does not follow. 

 

3) Statements: All flowers are yellow.
                       All yellow things are fresh.
                       No lemon is fresh. 

   Conclusions: I. All flowers are fresh.
                     II. No yellow thing is fresh.
                    III. No lemon is fresh.

  (1) Only I and III follow

  (2) Only II follows.

  (3) Only III follow.

  (4) Both (1) and (3)

  (5) None of these

Ans: Choice (4).

Conclusion I and III are true in both the above diagrams. Conclusion II is not true in either of the two diagrams. Hence it does not follow.