# Tagged Questions

Boolean algebras are structures which behave similar to a power set with complement, intersection and union. Questions regarding Boolean algebras as structures, or regarding functions defined from/to Boolean algebras fit into this tag very nicely. For Boolean logic use the tag propositional logic

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### 'Algebraic' way to prove the boolean identity $a + \overline{a}*b = a + b$

For me, it is pretty clear that $a + \overline{a}*b = a + b$, because the first $a$ in the or will make sure that if the second term must be 'evaluated', $a$ will ...
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### Logical operations precedence and calculator program

I write the C library intended to be used in evaluating math expressions. It should support boolean algebra also. So at the moment I'm stuck with boolean precedence. I'm not a mathematician so that's ...
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### Boolean Logic - Reduction - $a \vee (a \wedge b) = a$

How would I simplify / reduce the following equation using boolean identities/proofs? $$a \vee (a \wedge b) = a$$ So far I've used the distributivity identity and got $$(a\vee a) \wedge (a\vee b)$$ I ...
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### Do brackets around negation signify negating the input or output - Boolean Algebra Logic Circuits

I know that $\overline{p + q}$ will result in the input to the logic gate being p, and q, and we can negate this by using an or gate, followed by a not gate, or we can just use a nor gate. However, ...
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### Simplify this boolean algebra?

 \begin{align} &\lnot x_1(x_2\land\lnot x_3\lor x_3)\lor x_1(\lnot x_2\land\lnot x_3\lor x_2\land x_3)\\ &=\lnot x_1\land x_2\land\lnot x_3\lor\lnot x_1\land x_3\lor x_1\land\lnot x_2\land\...
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### For all $a$ and $b$ in $B$, $(a \times b) + a = a$.

In the statements below, $B$ is a boolean algebra with $×$ and $+$ for binary operations. 3.) For all $a$ and $b$ in $B$, $(a ×b) + a = a$. This is what I have as an answer. Can someone confirm ...
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### Why is this a boolean algebra

Let $A = \{a,b\}$. The $\mathcal P(A) = \{\emptyset,\{a\},\{b\},A\}$. Let $+$ be $\cup$, $\cdot$ be $\cap$, complement be set complement, $1$ be $A$, and $0$ be $\emptyset$. I need to explain why ...
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### How can i turn the Boolean Equation pq+r into a switch circuit?

How can I turn the Boolean Equation $pq+r$ into a switch circuit? I have synthesized this and drawn the NOR gates circuit however I'm not sure how to go about drawing/constructing the switch circuit.
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### Applying De Morgans Laws to $a+bc+\overline{a}b\overline{c}d$ in terms of the NOR operator

I need to synthesize $f=a+bc+\overline{a}b\overline{c}d$ into the NOR form. Can I split this since I know that $a+bc=(a+b)(a+c)=\overline{\overline{a+b}+\overline{a+c}}$? I'm just not sure how to go ...
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### Applying De Morgan's to express $pq+r$ in terms of NOR operator

In Boolean Algebras I have $pq+r$ which I think is the same as $(p+r)(q+r)$. Now, I need to use De Morgan's laws to synthesize this into the NOR form but I am not sure how to apply the laws here.
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### Why is chosen for intersection instead of union?

Constructing a commutive monoid having idempotent elements (the underlying monoid of a Boolean ring) free over a set $X$, I arrive on a very natural way at monoid $M$ having the finite subsets of $X$ ...
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### What is the number of self dual boolean functions?

The dual of a Boolean function $F(x_1,x_2 \dots x_n,+,\bullet)$, written as $F^D$, is the same expression as that of $F$ with $+$ and $\bullet$ swapped. $F$ is said to be self-dual if $F=F^D$. What is ...
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### Boolean Expression simplification help

Hi I am new to the board. Taking a computer architecture course and I am having trouble understanding further simplification on a question I got on a previous quiz. When I type in the expression ...
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### Boolean Simplification for Kmap

Diclaimer: This is not a homework assignment, it's a practice sheet that already has answers provided and is not graded in any way, however the steps are not shown hence the question. I'm having ...