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Definition (transitive relation): A relation R on a set A is called transitive if and only if for any a, b, and c in A, whenever<a, b>∈R , and<b, c>∈R ,<a, c>∈R .

Example 8: The relation ≤ on the set of integers {1, 2, 3} is transitive, because for<1, 2>and<2, 3>in ≤,<1, 3>is also in ≤, for<1, 1>and<1, 2>in ≤,<1, 2>is also in ≤, and similarly for the others. As a matter of fact ≤ on any set of numbers is also transitive. Similarly ≥ and = on any set of numbers are transitive.

Figure 5 show the digraph of relations with different properties.

(a) is reflexive, antisymmetric, symmetric and transitive, but not irreflexive.

(b) is neither reflexive nor irreflexive, and it is antisymmetric, symmetric and transitive.

(c) is irreflexive but has none of the other four properties.

(d) is irreflexive, and symmetric, but none of the other three.

(e) is irreflexive, antisymmetric and transitive but neither reflexive nor symmetric.

Operations on binary relations

Set operations

A relation is a set. It is a set of ordered pairs if it is a binary relation, and it is a set of ordered n-tuples if it is an n-ary relation. Thus all the set operations apply to relations such as ∪, ∩, and complementing.

For example, the union of the "less than" and "equality" relations on the set of integers is the "less than or equal to" relation on the set of integers. The intersection of the "less than" and "less than or equal to" relations on the set of integers is the "less than" relation on the same set. The complement of the "less than" relation on the set of integers is the "greater than or equal to" relation on the same set.

Composite relations

If the elements of a set A are related to those of a set B, and those of B are in turn related to the elements of a set C, then one can expect a relation between A and C. For example, if Tom is my father (parent-child relation) and Sarah is a sister of Tom (sister relation), then Sarah is my aunt (aunt-nephew/niece relation). Composite relations give that kind of relations.

Definition(composite relation): Let R1 be a binary relation from a set A to a set B, R2 a binary relation from B to a set C. Then the composite relation from A to C denoted by R1R2 (also denoted by R1 ∘ R2 is defined as

R1R2 = {<a, c>| a ∈A ⋀c ∈C ⋀∃b [b ∈B ⋀<a, b>∈R1 ⋀<b, c>∈R2 ] } .

In English, this means that an element a in A is related to an element c in C if there is an element b in B such that a is related to b by R1 and b is related to c by R2. Thus R1R2 is a relation from A to C via B in a sense. If R1 is a parent-child relation and R2 is a sister relation, then R1R2 is an aunt-nephew/niece relation.

Example 1: Let A = {a1 , a2} , B = {b1 , b2 , b3} , and C = {c1 , c2} . Also let R1 = {<a1 , b1>,<a1 , b2>,<a2 , b3>} , and R2 = {<b1 , c1>,<b2 , c1>,<b2 , c2>,<b3 , c1>} . Then R1R2 = {<a1 , c1>,<a1 , c2>,<a2 , c1>} .

This is illustrated in Figure 6. The dashed lines in the figure of R1R2 indicate the ordered pairs in R1R2, and dotted lines show ordered pairs that produce the dashed lines. (The lines in the left figure are all supposed to be solid lines.)

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
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nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
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what are the products of Nano chemistry?
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There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
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Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
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Application of nanotechnology in medicine
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ya I also want to know the raman spectra
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please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
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Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
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industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
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How we are making nano material?
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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scanning tunneling microscope
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what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
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if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
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Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
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what is Nano technology ?
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write examples of Nano molecule?
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The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
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nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
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Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
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why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
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yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
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why?
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biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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