Union of sets A & B has all the elements of set A and set B

It is represented by symbol ∪

Let A = {1, 2, 3, 4} , B = {3, 4, 5, 6}

A ∪ B = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}

The blue region is A ∪ B

**Properties of Union**

- A ∪ B = B ∪ A (Commutative law)
- (A ∪ B) ∪ C = A ∪ (B ∪ C) (Associative law )
- A ∪ ∅ = A (Law of identity element, ∅ is the identity of ∪)
- A ∪ A = A (Idempotent law)
- U ∪ A = U (Law of U)

Let us discuss these laws

Let us take sets

Let A = {1, 2, 3, 4} , B = {3, 4, 5, 6}, C = {6, 7, 8}

and Universal set = U = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10}

**A ∪ B ****= B ****∪ A ****(Commutative law****)**

A ∪ B = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}

B ∪ A = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}

∴ **A ∪ B = B ∪ A**

**(A ∪ B) ∪ C ****= A ****∪ (B ∪ C) (****Associative law )**

A ∪ B = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}

(A ∪ B) ∪ C = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6} ∪ {6, 7, 8} = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8}

B ∪ C = {3, 4, 5, 6} ∪ {6, 7, 8}

B ∪ C = {3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8}

A ∪ (B ∪ C) = {1, 2, 3, 4} ∪ {3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8} = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8}

∴ (A ∪ B) ∪ C = A ∪ (B ∪ C)

**A ****∪ ****∅ ****= ****A (Law of identity element, ****∅ ****is ****the identity of ∪****)**

In union, all the elements of set A and empty set (∅) will be there.

Since ∅ has no element, the union will have all the elements of set A only.

That is, union will be A

A U ∅ = {1, 2, 3, 4} ∪ {}

A U ∅ = {1, 2, 3, 4} = A

∴ A ∪ ∅ = A

**A ∪ A ****= A (Idempotent law****)**

A U A = {1, 2, 3, 4} ∪ {1, 2, 3, 4}

A U A = {1, 2, 3, 4} = A

**U ∪ A = U (Law of U)**

Union will have all the elements of Universal set and A

Since Universal set has all the elements, union will be the universal set

U ∪ A = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10} ∪ {1, 2, 3, 4}

U ∪ A = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10} = U

∴ U ∪ A = U