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If A implies B and C implies B, do A and C together imply B?

If A implies B and C implies B, do A and C together imply B? I need a clarification regarding this question.
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How to transcribe the following statement into a predicate wff?

There was a disagreement in my college class regarding what the following statement would be in a predicate wff format: It is always a sunny day only if it is a rainy day. Where D(x) is "x is a ...
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What is a Horn Clause?

I am not an expert in Mathematics :) thus if someone can let me know What is a Horn Clause in layman's terms? I know it is used in First order Logic but I am unable to understand what is it and how to ...
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Difference between “necessary” and “necessary but not sufficient”?

This is from Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications: Let $p, q,$ and $r$ be the propositions: $\quad p:$ Grizzly bears have been seen in the area. $\quad q:$ Hiking is safe on the ...
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Can anyone help me with a solution? [on hold]

Write down the assumptions in a form of clauses and give a resolution proof that the proposition $$\Big((p \rightarrow q) \land ( q \rightarrow r) \land p \Big) ...
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An easy example of a non-constructive proof without an obvious “fix”?

I wanted to give an easy example of a non-constructive proof, or, more precisely, of a proof which states that an object exists, but gives no obvious recipe to create/find it. Euclid's proof of the ...
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A version of Zorn's lemma

The version of Zorn's lemma that I have found more often is Zorn's Lemma (1) If every chain belonging to the partially ordered set $S$ has an upper bound in $S$ then $S$ contains one maximal ...
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Principle of explosion: Other arguments?

I've come across a proof-theoretic argument for explosion on Wikipedia, which is as follows: $A \ \ \wedge\sim A$ $A$ $ \sim A$ $ A \lor B$ $B$ $(A \ \ \wedge \sim A) \implies B$ I've thought of ...
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Logic - how to write $\exists !x$ without the $\exists !$ symbol [duplicate]

What is $\exists !$ equivalent to? I need to write $\exists !x \,P(x)$ without using the $\exists !$ symbol; thus, I am wondering what the $\exists !$ symbol is equivalent to.
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Logic - Logically implies question

$\forall x(A(x) \rightarrow B(x))$ logically implies $\exists x(A(x) \land B(x))$ Is the above statement true or false? I have no clue on how to start figuring this out. Can someone help me please?
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Expressing the converse, contra-positive, and inverse of conditional statements

This problem is from Discrete Mathematics and its Applications Here is my book's definition on converse, contrapositive, and inverse And the common ways to express an implication For this ...
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Question about mathematical logic ∀x ∈ S, ∀z ∈ S, ∃y ∈ C

∀x ∈ S, ∀z ∈ S, ∃y ∈ C,(x != z) ⇒ ¬(T(x, y) ∧ T(z, y)) I'm trying to express this in English, but I can't use the variables x or y in my sentence. Basically it means for elements x in S, and all ...
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Proving contradiction with logical identities

We know that p → q is not equivalent to q → p. But suppose we make a proof system that has all the rules of logical identities plus the rule (“commutativity of implies”) p → q ≃ q → p. (We are using ...
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Is there a quicker way to check if this proposition is self contradictory?

I have been trying to refresh my memory with regards to classical logic. As a result, I am currently going over the basics. The following proposition seems to be false in all possible worlds. ...
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How can I prove this relation between the elementary set theory and the elementary logic?

If you need to prove an equality like $A\Delta B=(B\setminus C)\cup[C\cap (B\Delta A)]$ we can first prove $p\underline{\lor} q\Longleftrightarrow (q\land\overline{r})\lor(q\underline{\lor}p)$ (with a ...
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Please help me to understand domain of interpretation

In the literature on Description Logic, when interpretations are explained, we encounter expressions like, $$\mathcal{I} = (\Delta^\mathcal{I}, \cdot^\mathcal{I})$$ (Actually, I am talking about, ...
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Give an example of two relational systems $A$ and $B$ and a homomorphism $h : A\rightarrow B$, which is not a strong homomorphism. [on hold]

Give an example of two relational systems $A$ and $B$ and a homomorphism $h : A\rightarrow B$, which is not a strong homomorphism.
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What is the difference between weak and strong completeness in many valued logic?

I know a bunch of facts about weak and strong completeness in many valued logic, that there is strong completeness for the finite mv logic, and that for the infinite ones you can either only have weak ...
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Can someone verify my assertion from this english sentence? [duplicate]

This is from Discrete Mathematics and its Applications This is the book means when mentions a list of common ways to express conditional statements After going through the list, I immediately ...
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Does the class of all periodic subsets of $\mathbb{Z}$ of peroid greater than $k$ form a field of sets?

We say that a subset $X\subseteq \mathbb{Z}$ is a periodic subset of $\mathbb{Z}$ of period $k$ if the set obtained from $X$ by adding $k$ to each element of $X$ is $X$ itself. Does the class of all ...
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Clarifying on how if p,q is logically equivalent to p only if q [duplicate]

Here is what my book says about the different ways implications are worded I am struggling with how "if p, then q" is logically equivalent to "p only if q" The example I came up with With "if ...
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How to tell the difference between interval and coordinate notation from context?

I am working on a practice problem with sets. (the answer key) At first I was confused by the notation Ai = (0,i), i is a natural number. I looked up the use of paranthesis and saw that they could ...
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On correctness of induction proof

I want to prove a certain property $\mathsf{P}$ on every multiaffine polynomial in $\Bbb R[x_1,x_2,\dots,x_{n-1},x_n]$. Supposing I show property $\mathsf{P}$ to be valid at $n\geq9$ variable ...
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First-order logic representation

I am having trouble translating these clauses to first order logic. 1) The only difference between a cat and a tiger is that a tiger kills. 2) If someone likes only people of the same sex then he is ...
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Negation of a Statement with Quantifiers — If Then?

I need to find the negation of a statement on my homework, specifically problem 19 of secton 3.2 in Discrete Mathematics with Applications by Susanna Epp. The problem is as follows: \begin{align} ...
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Show that the conditional statement is a tautology without using a truth table

I have been attempting to use identities to get to the answer but I am unable to get anywhere. Here is the equation I am trying to prove tautological without using truth tables: $[(p\rightarrow q) ...
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How to adapt proof by contradiction showing that a sqrt(2) is irrational for sqrt(20)?

This example is from Discrete Math and its Applications I understand the steps the author is taking. First he assumes sqrt(2) is rational meaning that there exists integers a, and b such that ...
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Is it necessary to write out the whole truth table to show system specification is consistent?

This is an example from Discrete Mathematics and its Applications Basically the way I see this problem is "is there a combination of propositions that will make all of these specifications true". ...
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How can you come to the truth of a statement without proving it?

I was reading a bit about Gödel's incompleteness theorems. I haven't took the time to really study it, but I'm very curious about statements like these: In other words, if our axioms are ...
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What is the difference from a theorem and a meta-theorem?

I'm confused about what a meta-theorem exactly is and if a meta-theorem can be used to prove a theorem. To illustrate my confusion i give an example. Given the three statements: Every vector space ...
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odd logical structures

How you find contrapositive and converse of these sentences. Only if John chops down the tree, will he be a lumberjack. You can't win if you don't fight. All people that root for the Ducks are from ...
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What is a predicate exactly in predicate logic?

I have been reading Predicate Logic couple of days and while everything has been pretty intuitive so far I understood that I do not exactly understand what the predicate is. This became clear after I ...
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L-sentence which expresses bijective function

I've stumbled upon this exercise from "Sets, Models, Proofs" and can't seem to find a solution. It goes like this: Let $L$ be a language with just one 1-place function symbol $F$. Give an ...
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Use rules of inferential logic for the following problem..

Here I have such a question related to laws of inference. The question asks to prove using the laws of inference (these rules) that the following facts give a certain conclusion. So the question is: ...
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Propositional Logic : Absorption - Why is it so?

Why is the Absorption Law of Propositional Logic so ? p $\lor (p \land q) \equiv$ p Would appreciate an intuitive explanation and not one using a Truth Table
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Prove the statement. Logic and Set Theory. [on hold]

There are no natural numbers that are squares and differ 5.
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Is my deduction of $t$ being true logically correct?

According to the problem on my homework (yes, this is my homework), number 42 in chapter 2.3 of Discrete Mathematics with Applications by Susanna S. Epp, the following are true: \begin{align} ...
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When and where the concept of valid logic formula was defined?

I was stimulated by a recent question about Gödel Completeness Theorem. All my citations are from Jean van Heijenoort (editor), From Frege to Gödel : A Source Book in Mathematical Logic (1967). ...
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Why is the set of all true first-order statements about non-negative integers in the language with only equality, $+$ and $\times$ undecidable?

Apparently Tarski and Mostowski proved this, but intuitively I'm not seeing the difference between statements in a language of non-negative integers with equality, addition, and multiplication vs ...
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What is the difference between a counter-intuitive statement and a paradox?

In mathematics and logic, what is the difference between a counter-intuitive statement and a paradox? For example, what differs something like the Banach-Tarski theorem or Gabriel's horn from ...
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Use logical equivalencies to classify as tautology, contradiction, or contingency.

Classify the following as tautologies, contradictions or contingencies using logical equivalences. Can anyone let me know what I'm missing or doing wrong? I got stuck, here is what I have so far: ...
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Order of quantifiers

I was reading about quantifiers from this book. I decided to jot down all implications due to different orders of quantifiers. While talking about the orders of the quantifiers the author states ...
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Meaning of symbols $\vdash$ and $ \models$

I'm confused about the use of symbols $\vdash$ and $ \models$. Reading the answers to Notation Question: What does $\vdash$ mean in logic? and What is the meaning of the double turnstile symbol ...
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Verify these logical equivalences by writing an equivalence proof?

I have two parts to this question - I need to verify each of the following by writing an equivalence proof: $p \to (q \land r) \equiv (p \to q) \land (p \to r)$ $(p \to q) \land (p \lor q) \equiv q$ ...
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Logic problems and Venn Diagrams [on hold]

In a class of 32 pupils: 5 pupils live in New Town, travel to school by bus and eat school dinners. 3 pupils live in New Town, travel to school by bus but do not eat school dinners. 9 pupils do not ...
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What does it take to divide by $2$?

Theorem 1 [ZFC, classical logic]: If $A,B$ are sets such that $\textbf{2}\times A\cong \textbf{2}\times B$, then $A\cong B$. That's because the axiom of choice allows for the definition of ...
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Use inference rules to prove distributive law

I'm taking an intro logic course this semester and my prof is hard to follow and not really great at clarifying things. I'm stuck on this question in my assignment, I'm just not sure how to start. I ...
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Logical form of statement

I'm reading the book How to Prove It and a question is given to write out the logical form of the below definition in set-theoretic notation. Definition: $y \in \{\sqrt[3]{x} \mid x\in\mathbb{Q}\}$ ...
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Brute-force searches for counterexamples

Gödel's completeness theorem says that for every statement in first-order predicate caluculus with equality, there is either a proof that it holds in all structures, or a counterexample --- a ...
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Discrete Math Predicate Logic

Consider truth assignments involving only the propositional variables $x_0, x_1, x_2, x_3$ and $y_0, y_1, y_2, y_3$. Every such truth assignment gives a value of $1$ (representing true) or ...