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Theorem ac3 9486
Description: Axiom of Choice using abbreviations. The logical equivalence to ax-ac 9483 can be established by chaining aceq0 9141 and aceq2 9142. A standard textbook version of AC is derived from this one in dfac2a 9152, and this version of AC is derived from the textbook version in dfac2b 9153, showing their logical equivalence (see dfac2 9154).

The following sketch will help you understand this version of the axiom. Given any set 𝑥, the axiom says that there exists a 𝑦 that is a collection of unordered pairs, one pair for each nonempty member of 𝑥. One entry in the pair is the member of 𝑥, and the other entry is some arbitrary member of that member of 𝑥. Using the Axiom of Regularity, we can show that 𝑦 is really a set of ordered pairs, very similar to the ordered pair construction opthreg 8677. The key theorem for this (used in the proof of dfac2b 9153) is preleq 8675. With this modified definition of ordered pair, it can be seen that 𝑦 is actually a choice function on the members of 𝑥.

For example, suppose 𝑥 = {{1, 2}, {1, 3}, {2, 3, 4}}. Let us try 𝑦 = {{{1, 2}, 1}, {{1, 3}, 1}, {{2, 3, 4}, 2}}. For the member (of 𝑥) 𝑧 = {1, 2}, the only assignment to 𝑤 and 𝑣 that satisfies the axiom is 𝑤 = 1 and 𝑣 = {{1, 2}, 1}, so there is exactly one 𝑤 as required. We verify the other two members of 𝑥 similarly. Thus, 𝑦 satisfies the axiom. Using our modified ordered pair definition, we can say that 𝑦 corresponds to the choice function {⟨{1, 2}, 1⟩, ⟨{1, 3}, 1⟩, ⟨{2, 3, 4}, 2⟩}. Of course other choices for 𝑦 will also satisfy the axiom, for example 𝑦 = {{{1, 2}, 2}, {{1, 3}, 1}, {{2, 3, 4}, 4}}. What AC tells us is that there exists at least one such 𝑦, but it doesn't tell us which one.

(New usage is discouraged.) (Contributed by NM, 19-Jul-1996.)

Assertion
Ref Expression
ac3 𝑦𝑧𝑥 (𝑧 ≠ ∅ → ∃!𝑤𝑧𝑣𝑦 (𝑧𝑣𝑤𝑣))
Distinct variable group:   𝑥,𝑦,𝑧,𝑤,𝑣

Proof of Theorem ac3
Dummy variable 𝑢 is distinct from all other variables.
StepHypRef Expression
1 ac2 9485 . 2 𝑦𝑧𝑥𝑤𝑧 ∃!𝑣𝑧𝑢𝑦 (𝑧𝑢𝑣𝑢)
2 aceq2 9142 . 2 (∃𝑦𝑧𝑥𝑤𝑧 ∃!𝑣𝑧𝑢𝑦 (𝑧𝑢𝑣𝑢) ↔ ∃𝑦𝑧𝑥 (𝑧 ≠ ∅ → ∃!𝑤𝑧𝑣𝑦 (𝑧𝑣𝑤𝑣)))
31, 2mpbi 220 1 𝑦𝑧𝑥 (𝑧 ≠ ∅ → ∃!𝑤𝑧𝑣𝑦 (𝑧𝑣𝑤𝑣))
Colors of variables: wff setvar class
Syntax hints:  wi 4  wa 382  wex 1852  wne 2943  wral 3061  wrex 3062  ∃!wreu 3063  c0 4063
This theorem was proved from axioms:  ax-mp 5  ax-1 6  ax-2 7  ax-3 8  ax-gen 1870  ax-4 1885  ax-5 1991  ax-6 2057  ax-7 2093  ax-8 2147  ax-9 2154  ax-10 2174  ax-11 2190  ax-12 2203  ax-13 2408  ax-ext 2751  ax-ac 9483
This theorem depends on definitions:  df-bi 197  df-an 383  df-or 835  df-tru 1634  df-ex 1853  df-nf 1858  df-sb 2050  df-eu 2622  df-clab 2758  df-cleq 2764  df-clel 2767  df-nfc 2902  df-ne 2944  df-ral 3066  df-rex 3067  df-reu 3068  df-v 3353  df-dif 3726  df-nul 4064
This theorem is referenced by:  axac2  9490
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