Definition:Composition of Mappings/Binary Operation

Definition

Let $\sqbrk {S \to S}$ be the set of all mappings from a set $S$ to itself.

Then the concept of composite mapping defines a binary operation on $\sqbrk {S \to S}$:

$\forall f, g \in \sqbrk {S \to S}: g \circ f = \set {\tuple {s, t}: s \in S, \tuple {f \paren s, t} \in g} \in \sqbrk {S \to S}$

Thus, for every pair $\tuple {f, g}$ of mappings in $\sqbrk {S \to S}$, the composition $g \circ f$ is another element of $\sqbrk {S \to S}$.