Video: Understanding Sets

Do your favourite fruits form a set?

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Do your favourite fruits form a set?

The answer to this question is either going to be yes or no. But the only way we can find out which one to use is by understanding what the word set means. It’s simple to define. We can say that a set is a collection of things. We could use the word elements, where elements here could be a collection of numbers. They could be a collection of letters, shapes, or in the case of the question, fruits.

Now, this question isn’t asking you what your favourite fruits are. They could be anything. You might like dates, pineapples, and bananas. Or, perhaps you prefer mangos, oranges, and lemons. As long as we can gather your favourite fruits together and put them into a collection and we could title this favourite fruits, then we’ve formed a set.

Let’s imagine a sorting circle. If we give this sorting circle a title, my favourite fruits, then we know that whatever goes inside there is a set. So, this simple question has a simple answer. We know a set is a collection of different elements. And we know that our favourite fruits is a type of collection. So, do your favourite fruits form a set? Doesn’t matter what your favourite fruits are. The answer is yes.

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