Logic

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Logic is the systematic use of symbolic and mathematical techniques to determine the forms of valid deductive or inductive argument.

Statements

A statement is either true or false, but it will never be both or neither. An example of statement can be "A duck is a bird." which is true. Another example is "A pencil does not exist" which is false.

Conditional

If $P$ then $Q$.

Inverse

The inverse of the conditional statement is: If not $P$ then not $Q$.

Converse

The converse of the conditional statement is: If $Q$ then $P$.

Contrapositive

The contrapositive of the conditional statement is: If not $Q$ then not $P$.


The conditional is equivalent to the contrapositive. The inverse is equivalent to the converse. When both the conditional and the converse are true at the same time, this is equivalent to an Iff statement.

Logical Notations

Main article: Logical notation

A Logical notation is a special syntax that is shorthand for logical statements.

Negations

The negation of $p$, denoted by $\neg p$, is the statement that is true when $p$ is false and is false when $p$ is true. This means simply "it is not the case that $p$."

Conjunction

The conjunction of two statements basically means "$p$ and $q$" and is denoted by $p \land q$.

Disjunction

The disjunction of two statements basically means "$p$ or $q$" and is denoted by $p \vee q$.

Implication

This operation is given by the statement "If $p$, then $q$". It is denoted by $p\implies q$. An example is "if $x+3=5$, then $x=2$.

Converse

The converse of the statement $p \implies q$ is $q \implies p$.

Contrapositive

The contrapositive of the statement $p \implies q$ is $\neg q \implies \neg p$. These statements are logically equivalent.

Truth Tables

A truth table is the list of all possible values of a compound statement.

Quantifiers

There are two types of quantifiers: A universal Quantifier: "for all" and an existential Quantifier: "there exists". A universal quantifier is denoted by $\forall$ and an existential quantifier is denoted by $\exists$.

See Also

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