Cardinalities on the ER diagram

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Post icon  Posted 19 October 2008 - 01:19 PM

A car rental company has several car rental agencies across the country. The agencies rent several classes of vehicles:compact, midsize, full size, sport utility. Each vehicle is managed by one agency. Customers rent vehicles from the different agencies. When a vehicle is rented, a new rental record is added to the Rental table with dateout as the current date and dateReturned is left null. When a vehicle is returned the record is updated by filling in the DateReturned field. A portion of the car rental table is given below.

Vehicle(VehicleId, VehicleClassId, AgencyId)
Rental( RentalId, VehicleId, CustomerId, DateOut , DateReturned)
Customer( CustomerId, CustomerName, CustomerBalance)
Agency( AgencyId, AgencyLocation)
vehicleClass(VehicleClassId, VehicleClass, RentalRate)

need help in constructing an ER diagram showing the cardinalites

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 11:20 AM

How to draw an ER for dummies:
- Draw a box per entity (a line in your listing)
- Put its name in it
- From every entity , draw a line to the entity which it has an Id for
- Put a one* on the originating end, and a Star on the other end
- Tadaah!

* Note: This is the only thing you need your two brain cells for. Think whether the destination needs to be linked to the originating entity always once, so does the destination _always_ need the originator. In your case: does a rental always need a car? Then it's a one. If you can insert a rent, but the company does not directly link it to a car, then it is a 0/1 (either zero or one)
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 03:04 PM

if you still need help make sure to post what you have so far and we can go from there
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