I can't handle this relation-evidence.

$xRy \iff (\forall t\in\mathbb{N} \ \text{with $t$ a prime-number}: \ t\mid x \Rightarrow t\mid y)$

($t\mid x$ means $t$ divides $x$; $t\mid y$ means $t$ divides $y$)

Now i have to prove

  • reflexivity: xRx t|x => t|x

  • transitivity:∃z∈N: xRy ∧ yRz => xRz (t|x => t|y)∧(t|y => t|z) => (t|x => t|z)

  • symmetry: xRy <=> yRx (t|x => t|y) <=> (t|y => t|x)

  • asymmetry: xRy => not(yRx) (t|x => t|y) => not(t|y => t|x)

  • antisymmetry: xRy ∧ yRx => x=y (t|x => t|y)∧(t|y => t|x) => (x=y)

I have already shown that it's reflexive.

I also tried to show the other ones, but my proof was either wrong oder not concrete enough.

I also don't know, when $(t\mid x \Rightarrow t\mid y)$ from $t\mid x$ follows $t\mid y$, how can $(t\mid y \Rightarrow t\mid x)$ from $t\mid y$ follows $t\mid x$, and what the implication => means here. And because I don't understand it, i also can't show any example that proofs falseness.

So I am thankful for any help I can get.

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Mathematics Stack Exchange. $2\mid4$ but $4\nmid2$ — it’s not symmetric $\endgroup$ – J. W. Tanner Oct 29 '19 at 10:27
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  • $\begingroup$ BTW you could abbreviate "$\forall t\in\Bbb N$ with $t$ a prime-number" to "$\forall t\in\Bbb P$". $\endgroup$ – J.G. Oct 29 '19 at 10:53
  • $\begingroup$ @J.W.Tanner your counterexample is incorrect. Reread the problem statement again. That being said, the relation won't be symmetric, but then again it won't be antisymmetric either. Every prime divisor of $4$ divides $6$, but $6$ has a prime divisor that does not divide $4$. As such $4\mathcal{R} 6$ but it is not true that $6\mathcal{R}4$. On the other hand we have $4\mathcal{R} 8$ as well as $8\mathcal{R} 4$ as every prime divisor of each is the same despite $4\neq 8$. $\endgroup$ – JMoravitz Oct 29 '19 at 12:21
  • $\begingroup$ Again, the relation rephrased is that $x$ is related to $y$ iff every prime divisor of $x$ is also a prime divisor of $y$. It is possible for $y$ to have more prime divisors than $x$ has. $\endgroup$ – JMoravitz Oct 29 '19 at 12:22

Hint $\, x R y \!\iff\! \cal P_x \subseteq \cal P_y\,$ for $\,\cal P_n = $ set of prime factors of $\,n,\,$ reduces it to easy properties of $ $ '$\subseteq$'

Remark $ $ Similarly many equivalence relations can be obtained via function pullback - see equivalence kernels (e.g. fibers, preimages, level sets / curves, etc).


I assume the relation is given over $\mathbb{N}$

In order to show reflexivity, that is, $x\mathrel{R}x$ (for every $x\in\mathbb{N}$), you need to show that, given any prime number $t$, if $t\mid x$, then $t\mid x$. This is obviously true.

Is the relation antisymmetric? No: you can see that $2\mathrel{R}4$ and $4\mathrel{R}2$, but $2\ne 4$.

Transitivity. Suppose $x\mathrel{R}y$ and $y\mathrel{R}z$; you want to prove that $x\mathrel{R}z$. So, suppose $t$ is a prime with $t\mid x$; then $t\mid y$, because of $x\mathrel{R}y$, and therefore $t\mid z$, because of $y\mathrel{R}z$. The condition that $x\mathrel{R}z$ has been verified.

Try the others.



The $\Rightarrow$ means "implies" so $t\mid x\Rightarrow t\mid y$ means that whenever $x$ has $t$ as a factor so does $y$

For transitivity assume $xRy$ and $yRz$ and think as follows

$$ xRy\iff( t\mid x\Rightarrow \underline{t\mid y}) $$ also $$ yRz\iff( \underline{t\mid y}\Rightarrow t\mid z). $$ Now the underlined parts are the same so you have $t\mid x\Rightarrow t\mid z$ which is $xRz$ which we wanted to prove for transitivity.

You could try now the other ones

Hope this helped


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