﻿ Interval and List Notation
INTERVAL and LIST NOTATION
LESSON READ-THROUGH
by Dr. Carol JVF Burns (website creator)
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Note:
For brevity, ‘parenthesis’ is read as ‘paren’.
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Recall:
Braces look like $\,\{\;\;\}\,$ and are used for list notation.
Parentheses look like $\,(\;\;)\,$ and are used in interval notation when an endpoint IS NOT included.
Brackets look like $\,[\;\;\;]\,$ and are used in interval notation when an endpoint IS included.

EXAMPLES:
Question: Is $\,2\,$ in the set $\,(2,3)\,$?
Solution: No.
The parenthesis next to the $\,2\,$ indicates that $\,2\,$ is not included.
Question: Is $\,2\,$ in the set $\,[2,3)\,$?
Solution: Yes.
The bracket next to the $\,2\,$ indicates that $\,2\,$ is included.
Question: Is $\,2.5\,$ in the set $\,(2,3)\,$?
Solution: Yes.
The interval $\,(2,3)\,$ contains all real numbers between $\,2\,$ and $\,3\,$, but does not include either endpoint.
Question: Is $\,2\,$ in the set $\,\{2,3\}\,$?
Solution: Yes.
This set has two members: the number $\,2\,$, and the number $\,3\,$.
The braces indicate that list notation is being used here.
Question: Is $\,100\,$ in the set $\,\{1,2,3,\ldots\}\,$?
Solution: Yes.
The “$\,\ldots\,$” indicates that the established pattern continues ad infinitum.
This set contains all positive integers.
Question: Is $\,100.5\,$ in the set $\,\{1,2,3,\ldots\}\,$?
Solution: No.
The number $\,100.5\,$ is not an integer.
Question: Is $\,100.5\,$ in the set $\,(2,\infty)\,$?
Solution: Yes.
This set contains all real numbers strictly greater than $\,2\,$.
Question: Is $\,2\,$ in the set $\,(-\infty,2)\,$?
Solution: No.
The parenthesis next to the $\,2\,$ indicates that $\,2\,$ is not included.
Question: Is $\,2\,$ in the set $\,(-\infty,2]\,$?
Solution: Yes.
The bracket next to the $\,2\,$ indicates that $\,2\,$ is included.
Question: Is $\,1.9999\,$ in the set $\,(-\infty,2)\,$?
Solution: Yes.
This interval contains all real numbers less than $\,2\,$.
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