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Questions about Gödel, formal systems, propositional calculus and first order logic.

So, I've been reading "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid", and i'm loving it; though there are some things i don't quite understand yet. First: the Propositional Calculus is a formal ...
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Is PA+ TM doesnt halts consistent?

Suppose there isnt a proof in PA whether some TM halts or not. Suppose further that TM doesnt halt and PA is consistent. Is PA+TM halts necesserely consistent? Is PA+TM doesnt halt necesserely ...
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choose from implication and logical and in write assertions in first-order logic

I am a student and I get confused in translating some sentence to logic assertion. For example: Joe does not have a lawyer, i.e. is not a customer of any lawyer. The right way to translate is: "For ...
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Diagonal lemma logic

The substitution formula sub( x,x,y) says y is the code of the formula obtained when in the formula whose code is x, the numeral for x is substituted for the free variable. Both x and y are free in ...
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$F[t]$ has undecidable positive existential theory in the language $\{+, \cdot , 0, 1, t\}$

Consider the ring $F[t, t^{-1}]$ (the polynomials in $t$ and $t^{-1}$ with coefficients in the field $F$). Theorem 1. Assume that the characteristic of $F$ is zero. Then the existentia theory ...
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Please Help me understand this proof

DOUBT What i didnot understand is from where it is written our new goal means there exists a... I didnot understand how there exists word popped up here and why the new givens are written as they ...
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How do I express logical connectives with Nand?

Really struggling to understand how to express all the connectives as Nand. I understand that p ^ q would be the opposite of p nand q, but I get stuck when trying to express p -> q and p v q in ...
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A mistake in a proof of consistent choice?

Given a set of sets ${\cal A} = \{S_i\mid i\in {\cal B}\}$ and a binary relation $Con$ on $\bigcup {\cal A}$, a $Con$-choice on $\{S_i\mid {i\in F}\}, F\subseteq {\cal B},$ is a function $\epsilon\in ...
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Prove that “No one likes Reggae music” is the same as “Everyone does not like Reggae music”.

I interpreted this as a case of the extension of De Morgan's Law to quantifiers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Morgan%27s_laws#Extensions I know that similar questions have been asked before about ...
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How to represent the sentence “If everyone votes then the motion passes” with FOL

Should it be ∀x Votes(x) ⟹ Passes(Motion)? Probably not, because if none but 'John' votes, then using extended interpretation, ...
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Prove that if $\forall A \in \mathcal F (B\subseteq A)$ then $B \subseteq \bigcap \mathcal F $

This is Velleman's exercise 3.3.10. Suppose that $\mathcal F$ is a nonempty family of sets, B is a set, and $\forall A \in \mathcal F (B\subseteq A)$. Prove that $B \subseteq \bigcap \mathcal F $. My ...
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Clarification of conditional propositions [duplicate]

I am studying first order logic and we have been introduced to conditional propositions.$(p \Rightarrow q)\;$ The truth table for $p \Rightarrow q$ is this: ...
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Formula that's only satisfiable in infinite structures

What formula in first order logic can I write that's only satisfiable over infinite structures, over a dictionary without the = sign?
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Please help me understand the proof

Doubt In third line of the proof, why is Q $\rightarrow$ R ? Thanks
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What is the definition of a definable set of statements, and what is a constructive way to think of this regarding Tarski's Undefinability Theorem?

Logic and model theory are not my area so my thinking is probably off, but I am curious about this so please go ahead and set me straight. A definable set is one for which there is a formula that is ...
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Algorithm to answer existential questions - Reduction

Lemma 1. For any $x$ in the ring $F[t,t^{-1}]$ ($F[t,t^{-1}]$: the polynomials in $t$ and $t^{-1}$ with coefficients in the field $F$), $x$ is a power of $t$ if and only if $x$ divides $1$ and ...
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Meaning of “such that”

The use of the term "such that" confuses me I've seen this like $A=\{(x,y) :x,y\in\Bbb R\ \text{and } P(x,y) \}$ and $B=\{(x,y)\in \Bbb R^2:P(x,y)\}$ for some predicate $P$. Is there any difference ...
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A simple expression to map $\mathbb N^*$ bijectively to $\mathbb N$

Let $\mathbb N = \{ 1,2,3,\ldots \}$, then by the well-known "Cantor"-Scheme we have $\mathbb N \times \mathbb N \cong \mathbb N$. But even nicer is that we can write this scheme $\varphi : \mathbb N ...
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Testing whether Argument is valid or not

I am to determine if argument is valid by making truth table ATTEMPT Let W= Warning lights will come on P= Pressure is high R=Relief valve is clogged Then i have premises as W ...
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Order of statements in implication

The question is from Exercise 13 of part 1.4 in Rosen's "Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications" (5th edition): "let $M(x,y)$ be "$x$ has sent y an e-mail message", where the universe of discourse ...
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Boolean Algebra Problem ABCC'

Hi I just want to ask the answer of this Boolean Algebra problem.. $$ABCC' + B + A'B $$ How to simplify that one?
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Proof outline of a certain sentence (Introductory course on logic, proof writing et al.)

The exercise asks me to outline a direct proof that if $\mathbf A$ is a diagonal matrix, then $\mathbf A$ is invertible whenever all its diagonal entries are nonzero. To me this sounds like ...
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What is the formal negation of the statement “There is much X in Y”. [on hold]

What is the formal negation of the statement "There is much X in Y"? The answer to me is that "It is not the case that there is much X in Y" But I want a more useful negation. Can I say that its ...
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Are the quantifiers interchangeable?

In other words, is it true that $\forall x \; \exists y\;\phi(x, y) \iff \exists y\;\forall x \; \phi(x, y) $?
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what is essentially universal or existential?

In Lambda-Prolog , I see essentially universal quantifier or essentially existential quantifier such terms, I am confused. It seems the universal quantification of a variable in program or goal is ...
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prove that ¬[P ∨ (L)→M |- M [on hold]

prove that need help to prove that examples
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Distribution of universal quantifiers over implication

I want to prove that $∀x(φ(x)⟹ψ(x))$ implies $∀x(φ(x))⟹∀x(ψ(x))$. I read they are not equivalent, but I am not sure why. I tried the following: $∀x(φ(x)⟹ψ(x))$ $⟹[φ(a)⟹ψ(a)]$ is true. $⟹φ(a)$ is ...
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prove [(¬M∧R)∧Q |- Q∨T [on hold]

prove [(¬M∧R→Q |- Q∨T really confused :(
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Solve the following proof : M |- M ∨ {[(Z∨S) ∧ (¬] → (C↔D)}

Solve the following proof : M |- M ∨ {[(Z∨SC↔D)} I try to proof above question with the following (F⋀Z)⋀ → (C↔D) 1 (F⋀Z)→C 2 F⋀Z 1⋀E 3 F 2⋀E really confused :( this ...
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Inference in Predicate Logic

I have stumbled upon the following reasoning, but I'm not sure if it's correct. Here it goes: Domain X $\forall x :\phi(x)⟹\gamma(x)$ Let $E\subseteq X⟹[\forall x\in E :\phi(x)⟹\gamma(x)]$ Suppose I ...
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Satisfiability/compactness theorem

I am trying to solve the following problem: Let $\mathcal{F}$ be a set of propositional formulas. Assume that for any valuation map $v$ there is some $F$ $\in$ $\mathcal{F}$ such that $v^*(F) = ...
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If $\phi$ holds for all standard models of ZF and ZF proves this, then does ZF prove $\phi$?

I apologize if this is a nonsensical question. Suppose $\phi$ holds in all standard models of ZF. Suppose further that ZF proves this. Then does ZF prove $\phi$?
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Proving that if $a+b$ and $ab$ are of the same parity, then $a$ and $b$ are even.

Here is the proof: Let $a,b \in \mathbb{Z}$. Prove that if $a+b$ and $ab$ are of the same parity, then $a$ and $b$ are even. When working these problems, I do try to set them up logically. My ...
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Suppose $A\subseteq \mathscr P (A)$. Prove that $ \mathscr P (A)\subseteq \mathscr P ( \mathscr P (A))$

This is Velleman's exercise 3.3.4. Suppose $A\subseteq \mathscr P (A)$. Prove that $ \mathscr P (A)\subseteq \mathscr P ( \mathscr P (A))$. I started reexpressing the terms in their equivalent forms ...
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Logic question and proportions [closed]

there's something that have been bugging me. If we have quantities A, C, E And if we have quantities B, D, F And if we take the equimultiples G, H, K from A, C, E And if we take the equimultiples L, ...
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The existential theory is undecidable

Lemma 1. For any $x$ in the ring $F[t,t^{-1}]$ ($F[t,t^{-1}]$: the polynomials in $t$ and $t^{-1}$ with coefficients in the field $F$), $x$ is a power of $t$ if and only if $x$ divides $1$ and ...
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Proof of a classical Theorem of Martin-Löf on complexity dips for Kolmogorov complexity,

I have a question on the first Theorem from the article Complexity of Oscillations in Infinite Binary Sequences by P. Martin-Löf, which could be downloaded from the publisher or from here. Theorem ...
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(totally) (M,P)-generic forcing condition

We say a cardinal $\theta$ is sufficiently large for a forcing $Q$ if $\mathcal{P}(\mathcal{P}(Q)) \in H(\theta)$. And a set $M$ is a suitable model for $Q$ if $Q \in M$ and $M \prec H(\theta)$, $M$ ...
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Explicit construction of a nonmeasurable set, where only the proof of correctness uses choice?

By Solovay's theorem, assuming the existence of an inaccessible cardinal, the axiom of choice is necessary to prove the existence of nonmeasurable sets. In the past, I've thought that one consequence ...
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Why are some conditionals regarded false even if the antecedent is false?

In the Mendelson's logic book, there are 2 conditionals which Mendelson says they are regarded false even if their antecedent is false. One of them is the following: If this piece of iron is ...
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Is this a typo in Jech's Set Theory?

In Jech's Set Theory, p. 603 in the chapter about Proper Forcing, the proof of Theorem 31.7. In the second but last paragraph, the proof says By Theorem 8.27 (Menas), $\lbrace M \cap \lambda ...
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Max/Min to logical operator transformation and viceversa

I have some doubts in transforming conditions that involve max/min in logical operator condition and viceversa. In particular, should be (I put some examples, I would know if I'm right and the ...
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Real Closed Fields with Predicate for a Dense Subfield

Consider $M = (\mathbb{R};+,<, \times, 0, 1, K)$ where $K$ is a unary predicate which holds on $\mathbb{Q}$ (or any dense subfield of $\mathbb{R}$). Question: Is it true that the parametrically ...
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Why $C(n\mid l(n)) \ge C(n) - C(l(n))$ for Kolmogorov complexity

Denote by $C(n)$ the plain Kolmogorov complexity of $n$ and the length of a binary encoding of $n$ by $l(n)$, why do we have $$ C(n\mid l(n)) \ge C(n) - C(l(n))? $$ If I have a shortest program $p$ ...
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Is there a rule for uniform substitution of predicate symbols in FOL?

In a Hilbert-style axiomatization of first-order logic (FOL), there is a rule for variable substitution but I don't see any rule for substituting predicate symbols. Consider a theorem like: $\forall ...
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Prove that if $x \neq 0$, then if $ y = \frac{3x^2+2y}{x^2+2}$ then $y=3$

The problem is the following (Velleman's exercise 3.2.10): Suppose that $x$ and $y$ are real numbers. Prove that if $x \neq 0$, then if $ y = \frac{3x^2+2y}{x^2+2}$ then $y=3$. My approach so ...
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Each recursive approximating sequence for Kolmogorov complexity is not uniform

Denote the plain Kolmogorov complexity by $C(x)$. Let $\phi(t,x)$ be a recursive function and $\lim_{t\to\infty} \phi(t,x) = C(x)$ for all $x$. For each $t$ define $\psi_t(x) := \phi(t,x)$ for all ...
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Analyzing logical form of the statements

I have four statements given as exercises in the book: How to prove it. Sa : Alice and Bob are not both in the room. Sb : Alice and Bob are both not in the room. Sc : Either Alice or Bob is not ...
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Logical form of the statements

I have two statements taken from the book: How to prove it. S1 : We’ll have either a reading assignment or homework problems,but we won’t have both homework problems and a test. S2: You won’t go ...
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Proving the Downward Löwenheim-Skolem using monotonic operators

This is another exercise from Kees Doets Basic Model Theory. Here's the idea. It's well known that the downward Löwenheim-Skolem theorem follows as an easy corollary of the following lemma using ...