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Determine whether or not each of the definition of $\ast$ given below gives a binary operation. In the event that $\ast$ is not a binary operation, give justification for this - On$ \; Z^+,\,$ defined $*\,$ by$\; a*b= a-b $

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  • A binary operation $∗$ on a set $A$ is a function $∗$ from $A \times A$ to $ A$. Therefore, if $a,b \in A \Rightarrow a*b \in A\; \forall\; a,b, \in A$
Given On $Z^+ *$ is defined by $a*b=a-b$
Consider $a=1, b = 2$ under $* \Rightarrow 1 * 2 = 1- 2 = -1$.
However, $ -1 \notin Z^+$, therefore $*$ is not a binary operation.
answered Feb 26, 2013 by meena.p
edited Mar 19, 2013 by balaji.thirumalai

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