In these lessons, we will learn the complement of the intersection of sets, the symmetric difference of two sets and the symmetric difference of three sets.

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Intersection Of Two Sets

Intersection Of Three Sets

Venn Diagrams

More Lessons On Sets

The complement of the set X ∩ Y is the set of elements that are members of the universal set U but not members of X ∩ Y. It is denoted by (X ∩ Y) ’.

The symmetric difference of two sets is the collection of elements which are members of either set but not both - in other words, the union of the sets excluding their intersection. Forming the symmetric difference of two sets is simple, but forming the symmetric difference of three sets is a bit trickier.

The following Venn Diagrams show the Complement of the Intersection of Two Sets and the Complement of the Intersection of Three Sets. Scroll down the page for examples and solutions.

The following Venn Diagrams show the Symmetric Difference of Two Sets and the Symmetric Difference of Three Sets. Scroll down the page for examples and solutions.

**Example:**

Suppose U = set of positive integers less than 10,

X = {1, 2, 5, 6, 7} and Y = {1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8} .

a) Draw a Venn diagram to illustrate ( X ∩ Y ) ’

b) Find ( X ∩ Y ) ’

**Solution:**

a) First, fill in the elements for X ∩ Y = {1, 5, 6}

Fill in the other elements for X and Y and for U

Shade the region outside X ∩ Y to indicate (X ∩ Y ) ’

b) We can see from the Venn diagram that

(X ∩ Y ) ’ = {2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9}

Or we find that X ∩ Y = {1, 5, 6} and so

(X ∩ Y ) ’ = {2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9}

**Symmetric Difference of two sets and three sets**

**Symmetric Difference of Sets**

Definition and properties of the symmetric difference of two sets.

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