Symmetric Difference using Venn Diagram

The symmetric difference using Venn diagram of two subsets A and B is a sub set of U, denoted by A △ B and is defined by

A B = (A – B) ∪ (B – A)

Let A and B are two sets. The symmetric difference of two sets A and B is the set (A – B) ∪ (B – A) and is denoted by A △ B.

Thus, A B = (A – B) ∪ (B – A) = {x : x A ∩ B}

or, A B = {x : [x ∈ A and x ∉ B] or [x ∈ B and x ∉ A]}

Symmetric Difference using Venn Diagram

The shaded part of the given Venn diagram represents  B.

A △ B is the set of all those elements which belongs either to A or to B but not to both.

A △ B is also expressed by (A ∪ B) - (B ∩ A).

It follows that A △ ∅ = A for all subset A,

             A △ A = ∅ for all subset A


Properties of symmetric difference:

(i) A △ B = B △ A;                                       [Commutative property]

(ii) A △ (B △ C) = (A △ B) △ C                       [Associative property]


Example to find the symmetric difference using Venn diagram:

1. If A = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8} and B = {1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9}, then A – B = {2, 4}, B – A = {9} and A B = {2, 4, 9}.

Symmetric Difference Venn Diagram

Therefore, the shaded part of the Venn diagram represents A △ B = {2, 4, 9}.


2. If A = {1, 2, 4, 7, 9} and B = {2, 3, 7, 8, 9} then A △ B = {1, 3, 4, 8}

Symmetric Difference

Therefore, the shaded part of the Venn diagram represents A △ B = {1, 3, 4, 8}.


3. If P = {a, c, f, m, n} and Q = {b, c, m, n, j, k} then P △ Q = {a, b, f, j, k}

Symmetric Difference of Two Sets

Therefore, the shaded part of the Venn diagram represents P △ Q = {a, b, f, j, k}.

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