# POWER SET OF A SET

## About "Power set of a set"

Power set of a set :

The set of all subsets of A is said to be the power set of the set A.

The power set of A is denoted by P(A).

## Power set of a set - Examples

Example 1 :

Let A  =  {1, 2, 3 } find the power set of A.

Solution :

We know that the power set is the set of all subsets.

Here, the given set A contains 3 elements.

Then, the number of subsets  =  2³  =  8

Therefore,

P(A) =  { {1}, {2}, {3}, {1, 2}, {2, 3}, {1, 3}, {1, 2, 3}, { } }

Example 2 :

Let A  =  {a, b, c, d, e} find the cardinality of power set of A

Solution :

The formula for cardinality of power set of A is given below.

n[P(A)]  =  2ⁿ

Here "n" stands for the number of elements contained by the given set A.

The given set A contains "5" elements. So n = 5.

Then, we have

n[P(A)]  =  2

n[P(A)]  =  32

Hence, the cardinality of the power set of A is 32.

Apart from the stuff "Power set of a set", let us come to know some other important stuff about subsets of a set.

## Subset of a given set

A set X is a subset of set Y if every element of X is also an element of Y.

In symbol we write

x ⊆ y

Read ⊆ as "X is a subset of Y" or "X is contained in Y"

Read  as "X is a not subset of Y" or "X is not contained in Y"

## Proper subset

A set X is said to be a proper subset of set Y if X ⊆ Y and X ≠ Y.

In symbol, we write X ⊂ Y

Read X ⊂ Y as "X is proper subset of Y"

The figure given below illustrates this.

## Super set

A set X is said to be a proper subset of set Y if X ⊆ Y and X ≠ Y.

In symbol, we write X ⊂ Y

Here,

Y is called super set of X

## Formula to find number of subsets

If A is the given set and it contains "n" number of elements, we can use the following formula to find the number of subsets.

Number of subsets =  2

Formula to find the number of proper subsets :

Number of proper subsets =  2ⁿ¹

## Cardinality of power set

We already know that the set of all subsets of A is said to be the power set of the set A and it is denoted by P(A).

If A contains "n" number of elements, then the formula for cardinality of power set of A is

n[P(A)]  =  2

Note :

Cardinality of power set of A and the number of subsets of A are same.

## Null set is a subset or proper subset

Null set is a proper subset for any set which contains at least one element.

For example, let us consider the set A  =  { 1 }

It has two subsets. They are { } and { 1 }.

Here null set is proper subset of A. Because null set is not equal to A.

## If null set is a super set

If null set is a super set, then it has only one subset. That is { }.

More clearly, null set is the only subset to itself. But it is not a proper subset.

Because, { }  =  { }

Therefore, A set which contains only one subset is called null set.

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