**Description: **Define the value of a
function, ,
also known as function
application. For example, . Typically,
function is
defined using maps-to notation (see df-mpt 3820), but
this is not required. For example, F = { 2 , 6 ,
3 , 9 } -> ( F 3 ) = 9 . We will later define
two-argument functions using ordered pairs as
. This
particular definition is
quite convenient: it can be applied to any class and evaluates to the
empty set when it is not meaningful. The left apostrophe notation
originated with Peano and was adopted in Definition *30.01 of
[WhiteheadRussell] p. 235,
Definition 10.11 of [Quine] p. 68, and
Definition 6.11 of [TakeutiZaring]
p. 26. It means the same thing as
the more familiar notation for a function's value at ,
i.e. " of
," but without
context-dependent notational
ambiguity. (Contributed by NM, 1-Aug-1994.) Revised to use .
(Revised by Scott Fenton, 6-Oct-2017.) |