"What is the difference between reflexive and identity relation?" is a big question having had by the students who study math in both school level and college level.

The reason for why they have such a big question is, both reflexive and identity relation appear as if they were same. But there is a huge difference between them.

The difference between reflexive and identity relation can be described in simple words as given below.

**Reflexive = **" Every element is related to itself "

**Identity =** " Every element is related to itself only "

Let us consider an example to have better understanding of the difference between the two relations. (Reflexive vs Identity)

Let **A = {1, 2, 3}**

Let **R₁** and **R₂**
be two relations defined on set A such that

**R₁ = { (1,1) , (2,2) , (3,3) , (1,2) }**

**R₂ = { (1,1) , (2,2) , (3,3) }**

When we look at **R₁** , every element of A is related to itself and also, the element "1" is related to a different element "2".

**More details about R₁**

(i) "1" is related to "1", "2" is related to "2" and "3" is related to "3"

(ii) Apart from "1" is related to "1", "1" is also related to "2"

Here we can not say that "1" is related to "1" only. Because "1" is related to "2" also.

This is the point which makes the reflexive relation to be different from identity relation.

**Hence R₁ is reflexive relation**

When
we look at **R₂**, every element of A is related to it self and no element
of A is related to any different element other than the same element.

**More details about R₂**

(i) "1" is related to "1", "2" is related to "2" and "3" is related to "3"

(ii) "1" is related to "1" and it is not related to any different element.

The same thing happened to "2" and "3".

(iii)
From the second point, it is very clear that every element of R is
related to itself only. No element is related to any different element

This is the point which makes identity relation to be different from reflexive relation.

**Hence ****R₂** is identity relation

That is, **Reflexive = **" Every element is related to itself "

From the example explained above,
students would be able to understand the stuff "Difference between
reflexive and identity relation".

Very few websites explain the difference between the reflexive relation and identity relation. Even though those websites explain the difference, students find it difficult to understand it. We consider all these factors and give a detailed explanation for difference between reflexive relation and identity relation with an example. The example given above clearly illustrates the difference between reflexive relation and identity relation.

**You can visit the following pages also. **

**3. One to one or injective function**

**4. Onto or surjective function**

**5. Bijective function (One to one onto)**

HTML Comment Box is loading comments...

**WORD PROBLEMS**

**HCF and LCM word problems**

**Word problems on simple equations **

**Word problems on linear equations **

**Word problems on quadratic equations**

**Area and perimeter word problems**

**Word problems on direct variation and inverse variation **

**Word problems on comparing rates**

**Converting customary units word problems **

**Converting metric units word problems**

**Word problems on simple interest**

**Word problems on compound interest**

**Word problems on types of angles **

**Complementary and supplementary angles word problems**

**Markup and markdown word problems **

**Word problems on mixed fractrions**

**One step equation word problems**

**Linear inequalities word problems**

**Ratio and proportion word problems**

**Word problems on sets and venn diagrams**

**Pythagorean theorem word problems**

**Percent of a number word problems**

**Word problems on constant speed**

**Word problems on average speed **

**Word problems on sum of the angles of a triangle is 180 degree**

**OTHER TOPICS **

**Time, speed and distance shortcuts**

**Ratio and proportion shortcuts**

**Domain and range of rational functions**

**Domain and range of rational functions with holes**

**Graphing rational functions with holes**

**Converting repeating decimals in to fractions**

**Decimal representation of rational numbers**

**Finding square root using long division**

**L.C.M method to solve time and work problems**

**Translating the word problems in to algebraic expressions**

**Remainder when 2 power 256 is divided by 17**

**Remainder when 17 power 23 is divided by 16**

**Sum of all three digit numbers divisible by 6**

**Sum of all three digit numbers divisible by 7**

**Sum of all three digit numbers divisible by 8**

**Sum of all three digit numbers formed using 1, 3, 4**

**Sum of all three four digit numbers formed with non zero digits**

**Sum of all three four digit numbers formed using 0, 1, 2, 3**

**Sum of all three four digit numbers formed using 1, 2, 5, 6**

HTML Comment Box is loading comments...