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I have two sets $A = \{1 \leq x \leq 5\}$ and $B = \{5 \leq x \leq 8\}$. Now I want to find the Union and Intersection of $A$ and $B$.

I tried Union[A, B], I got {1 <= x <= 5, 5 <= x <= 8} and for Intersection[A, B], I got {}. The correct answer for $A \cup B$ is [1, 8] and $A \cap B$ is {5}. How do I tell Mathematica to do that?

And if $A = \{1 < x < 5\}$ and $B = \{x > 5\}$. Now I want to find the Union and Intersection of $A$ and $B$. How do I tell Mathematica to do that?

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You will want to use Interval. –  David Carraher Oct 1 '12 at 1:13

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a = Interval[{1, 5}];
b = Interval[{5, 8}];
IntervalUnion[a, b]

Interval[{1, 8}]

IntervalIntersection[a, b]

Interval[{5, 5}]

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Thank you very much. –  minthao_2011 Oct 1 '12 at 1:23
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Interval[{1,5},{5,8}] also gives IntervalUnion[a,b] (+1) –  kguler Oct 1 '12 at 1:28
    
Nice. I wasn't aware of that. –  David Carraher Oct 1 '12 at 1:30
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@minthao: B = Interval[{1, ∞}]. –  J. M. Oct 1 '12 at 1:52
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@minthao. Mathematica seems to work only with closed intervals. Interval[{1,5] includes the numbers 1 and 5, and therefore does not match your original inequality, 1<x<5. I don't know whether there is a way to not include the end points. Perhaps this is a question worth asking. –  David Carraher Oct 1 '12 at 2:31

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