Partial Orders and Lattices (Set-2) | Mathematics

Prerequisite: Partial Orders and Lattices | Set-1

Well Ordered Set –
Given a poset, (X, ≤) we say that ≤ is a well-order (well-ordering) and that is well-ordered by ≤ iff every nonempty subset of X has a least element. When X is non-empty, if we pick any two-element subset, {a, b}, of X, since the subset {a, b} must have a least element, we see that either a≤b or b≤a, i.e., every well-order is a total order.
E.g. – The set of natural number (N) is a well ordered.

Bounded Lattice:
A lattice L is said to be bounded if it has the greatest element I and a least element 0.
E.g. – D18= {1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 18} is a bounded lattice.

Note: Every Finite lattice is always bounded.

Complemented Lattice:
A lattice L is said to be complemented if it is bounded and if every element in L has a complement. Here, each element should have atleast one complement.
E.g. – D6 {1, 2, 3, 6} is a complemented lattice.

In the above diagram every element has a complement.

    Distributive Lattice:
    It is a lattice in which meet (∧) and join (∨) operations distribute over each other.

  • x ∧ (y ∨ z) = (x ∧ y) ∨ (x ∧ z)
  • x ∨ (y ∧ z) = (x ∨ y) ∧ (x ∨ z)


  • A complemented distributive lattice is a boolean algebra or boolean lattice.
  • A lattice is distributive if and only if none of its sublattices is isomorphic to N5 or M3.
  • For distributive lattice each element has unique complement. This can be used as a theorm to prove that a lattice is not distributive.

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