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2022-06-13

How can I prove that a function is surjective?

I understood by scrolling through the old posts, that if i have a function like this:

$f:\mathbb{R}-\{2\}\to \mathbb{R}-\{5\}\mid f(x)=\frac{5x+1}{x-2}$

If it is given to me something like this: $f:\mathbb{N}\times \mathbb{N}\to \mathbb{N}\mid f((n,m))={2}^{n-1}(2m-1)$, how can i prove that is surjective? The fact that i have 2 variable is confusing me. Thanks, I hope the question is well asked.

### Answer & Explanation

Rebekah Zimmerman

Beginner2022-06-14Added 32 answers

Step 1

You can follow the definition of surjectivity. A function $f:X\to Y$ is said to be surjective iff for each $y\in Y$ there exists $x\in X$ such that $f(x)=y$. So, if you want to prove a function $f:X\to Y$ is surjective, your proof looks like the following.

Let $y\in Y$ be given. Take $x=\dots \in X$. Then $f(x)=\cdots =y$. Therefore, f is surjective.

A function with more than one variable can be understood as a function on the Cartesian product of sets. Actually, the set $\mathbb{N}\times \mathbb{N}$ is the set of all pairs (m,n) of natural numbers. Therefore, your proof looks like the following.

Step 2

Let $k\in \mathbb{N}$ be given. Take $(m,n)=\dots \in \mathbb{N}\times \mathbb{N}$. Then $f((m,n))=\cdots =k$. Therefore, f is surjective.

Here, the part "Take $(m,n)=\dots \in \mathbb{N}\times \mathbb{N}$. can be replaced by "Take $m=\dots \in \mathbb{N}$, and take $n=\dots \in \mathbb{N}$, because a pair is determined by its components.

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