Composite Mapping is Mapping

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Let $S_1, S_2, S_3$ be sets.

Let $f: S_1 \to S_2$ and $g: S_2 \to S_3$ be mappings.

Then the composite mapping $g \circ f$ is also a mapping.


The composite of $f$ and $g$ is defined as:

$g \circ f := \set {\tuple {x, z} \in S_1 \times S_3: \exists y \in S_2: \tuple {x, y} \in f \land \tuple {y, z} \in g}$

It is necessary to show that $g \circ f$ is both left-total and many-to-one.


From the definition of a mapping:

\(\ds \forall x \in S_1: \exists y \in S_2: \, \) \(\ds \map f x\) \(=\) \(\ds y\) Definition of Mapping
\(\ds \forall y \in S_2: \exists z \in S_2: \, \) \(\ds \map g y\) \(=\) \(\ds z\) Definition of Mapping
\(\ds \leadsto \ \ \) \(\ds \forall x \in S_1: \exists z \in S_3: \, \) \(\ds \map g {\map f x}\) \(=\) \(\ds z\)
\(\ds \leadsto \ \ \) \(\ds \forall x \in S_1: \exists z \in S_3: \, \) \(\ds \map {\paren {g \circ f} } x\) \(=\) \(\ds z\) Definition of Composite Mapping

That is, $g \circ f$ is left-total.



Suppose $x_1, x_2 \in S_1: x_1 = x_2$.

Then as $f$ is a mapping and so by definition many-to-one:

$\map f {x_1} = \map f {x_2}$

and so:

$\map g {\map f {x_1} } = \map g {\map f {x_2} }$

demonstrating that $g \circ f$ is similarly many-to-one.