Welcome to the comprehensive course material on Sets in Further Mathematics. Sets form the fundamental building blocks of mathematics, allowing us to organize elements based on common characteristics and properties. In this extensive study, we will delve into the core concepts of sets, exploring their definitions, notations, and various operations that can be performed on them.

One of the key objectives of this topic is understanding the idea of a set defined by a property. A set is a collection of distinct objects, known as elements, that share a specific property. By identifying and defining this property, we can construct sets that encapsulate unique characteristics, enabling us to categorize and analyze data efficiently.

Set notations play a crucial role in mathematics, providing concise ways to represent sets and their relationships. Symbols such as ∪ (union), ∩ (intersection), { } (set brackets), ∉ (not an element of), ∈ (is an element of), ⊂ (subset), ⊆ (subset or equal to), U (universal set), and A’ (complement of set A) are essential tools for communicating set operations and properties.

Moreover, the concept of disjoint sets, universal sets, and complements of sets will be explored in depth. Disjoint sets are sets that have no elements in common, leading to separate and non-overlapping groupings. Understanding the universal set provides a framework for encompassing all possible elements under consideration, while the complement of a set includes all elements not belonging to the set.

Venn diagrams offer a visual representation of sets and their relationships, facilitating problem-solving and logical reasoning. By utilizing Venn diagrams, we can visualize set operations such as union, intersection, and complement, leading to clearer insights into complex mathematical scenarios. The ability to interpret and work with Venn diagrams is essential for mastering the use of sets in various contexts.

Furthermore, the course material will cover the commutative and associative laws of sets, which govern the order and grouping of set operations. Understanding these fundamental properties ensures consistency and predictability when manipulating sets in mathematical expressions. Additionally, we will explore the distributive properties over union and intersection, allowing for the simplification and optimization of set operations.

By the end of this course, you will have gained a solid foundation in sets, enabling you to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to solve a wide range of mathematical problems efficiently and effectively. Get ready to unlock the power of sets and enhance your problem-solving abilities in Further Mathematics!


  1. Apply the commutative and associative laws to sets
  2. Understand the idea of a set defined by a property
  3. Be able to interpret set notations and their meanings
  4. Identify and work with disjoint sets
  5. Master the use of sets and Venn diagrams to solve complex problems
  6. Utilize the concept of a universal set and complement of a set in problem-solving
  7. Understand and apply the distributive properties over union and intersection

Lesson Note

In mathematics, a set is a collection of distinct objects, considered as an object in its own right. For example, the numbers 1, 2, and 3 are distinct objects when considered separately, but when they are considered collectively as the set {1, 2, 3}, they form a single object. Sets are fundamental objects in mathematics. Many mathematical concepts can be defined using sets. For instance, numbers, vectors, and functions can be considered as sets of certain objects.

Lesson Evaluation

Congratulations on completing the lesson on Sets. Now that youve explored the key concepts and ideas, its time to put your knowledge to the test. This section offers a variety of practice questions designed to reinforce your understanding and help you gauge your grasp of the material.

You will encounter a mix of question types, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, and essay questions. Each question is thoughtfully crafted to assess different aspects of your knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Use this evaluation section as an opportunity to reinforce your understanding of the topic and to identify any areas where you may need additional study. Don't be discouraged by any challenges you encounter; instead, view them as opportunities for growth and improvement.

  1. A set is defined by a property "A = {x: x is a prime number}" in this case what does the set A represent? A. All real prime numbers B. All even numbers C. All odd numbers D. All composite numbers Answer: A. All real prime numbers
  2. Which of the following set notations represents "All even numbers less than 10"? A. {x: x is an even number and x < 10} B. {x ∈ Z: x is an even number and x < 10} C. {x ∈ N: x is an even number and x < 10} D. {x: x is an even number less than 10} Answer: B. {x ∈ Z: x is an even number and x < 10}
  3. If set A = {2, 4, 6} and set B = {3, 6, 9}, what is A ∩ B? A. {2, 3, 4, 6, 9} B. {6} C. {1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9} D. {3, 6} Answer: B. {6}
  4. In a universal set U = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}, if the complement of set A is A' = {2, 4}, what is set A? A. {2, 4} B. {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} C. {1, 3, 5} D. {1, 5} Answer: C. {1, 3, 5}
  5. If set A = {a, b} and set B = {b, c}, what is A ∪ B? A. {a, b, c} B. {a, b} C. {b} D. {b, c} Answer: A. {a, b, c}
  6. Given the universal set U = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}, if A = {1, 2, 3} and B = {3, 4, 5}, what is A' ∩ B'? A. {1, 2} B. {1, 2, 4, 5} C. {3} D. {4, 5} Answer: A. {1, 2}
  7. If set A = {1, 2, 3} and set B = {3, 4, 5}, what is A ∩ B'? A. {1, 2} B. {3} C. {4, 5} D. {1, 2, 4, 5} Answer: A. {1, 2}
  8. If C = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} and D = {2, 3, 4}, what is C ∆ D? A. {2, 3} B. {1, 5} C. {1, 5, 2, 3, 4} D. {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} Answer: B. {1, 5}
  9. If set X = {a, b, c, d} and Y = {a, b, e, f}, what is X ∩ Y? A. {a, b} B. {a, b, c, d, e, f} C. {a, b, e, f} D. {c, d} Answer: A. {a, b}

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Past Questions

Wondering what past questions for this topic looks like? Here are a number of questions about Sets from previous years

Question 1 Report

A solid rectangular block has a base that measures 3x cm by 2x cm. The height of the block is ycm and its volume is 72cm3 3 .

i. Express y in terms of x.

ii. An expression for the total surface area of the block in terms of x only;

iii. the value of x for which the total surface area has a stationary value.

Practice a number of Sets past questions