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CHAPTER I [:] Notions from Set Theory [...] §3. FUNCTIONS. "end quote
These pages assume that the reader has the book and is reading along.
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Please read these notes from the beginning to here and then paragraph 9 of §3.

THE INVERSE IMAGE OF A SET UNDER A FUNCTION

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If   f : XY   is a function and   Y Y,   then the subset of   X   given by

f ( Y ) = { xX   :   f (x)Y }
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is called the inverse image of   Y under   f.   It consists of those elements of   X   which correspond under   f   to elements of   Y .
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And now, without confusion (among those who have mastered the concepts I suppose):

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If   f : XY   happens to be one-one onto we have another use for the symbol   f ,   namely the inverse function   f : YX.   These two uses of   f   must be carefully distinguished, though confusion rarely arises.   If   f : XY   is one-one onto then the two uses of   f are related by

{ f (y) } = f ( { y } )   for each   yY.
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To avoid confusion, just look again at the topic of this page. If what is inside the parentheses is a set, then we have the inverse image of a set.

on to §4 ?