Questions about mathematical logic, including model theory, proof theory, computability theory (a.k.a. recursion theory), and non-standard logics. Questions which merely seek to apply logical or formal reasoning to other areas of mathematics should not use this tag. Consider using one of the ...

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A Puzzle on Infinity: How to guess the color of hats? [duplicate]

Infinitely many (i.e. $\omega$ - many) people each have either a white hat or black hat on their heads. Each person can see everyone's hats except their own. Each person simultaneously announces a ...
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Is this non-constant function periodic for every definable number?

Given the set $\mathbb{D}$ which contains all definable real numbers. The definition must not be infinite long. E.g. it contains $12$, $-3$, $\frac{1}{12}$, $\sqrt{2}$, $\pi^2$, $i+e$, Chaitin's ...
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Contradiction in Davis–Putnam–Logemann–Loveland (DPLL) Method?!

As we see on page $10,11$ and $12$ on Google Books we know about Unit Clause (UC) and Pure Literal (PL) in DPLL Algorithms. in the following example if assign value $0$ to variables is prior to ...
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What does “consistency” mean if formal systems are inherently meaningless?

In the book Gödel's Proof by Ernest Nagel and James R. Newman, the authors insist that formal systems are to be considered as meaningless mechanical systems, which yield theorems by merely applying ...
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Software for solving first-order logic

Is there any class of software that can help me with the following problem in first order logic: given $\phi$ a formula with a "hole" in it (a subformula which is undetermined) and a particular set of ...
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Prove using a proof sequence and justify each step

Prove using a proof sequence that the argument is valid [ A --> (B ∨ C) ] ∧ B' ∧ C' --> A' I'm having some trouble figuring the proof out here. Here is what I have so far. Is this on the right ...
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Was Smullyan really wrong?

EDIT: the OP has since edited the question fixing all the issues mentioned here. Yay! There was a question asked on Puzzling recently, titled ...
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How should I interpret this exercise from Chiswell & Hodges Mathematical Logic?

Exercise 5.4.7 on page 127 of Chiswell and Hodges "Mathematical Logic" is: Let $\sigma$ be a signature, $r$ a term of qf LR($\sigma$), $y$ a variable and $\phi$ a formula of qf LR($\sigma$). Let $...
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Showing a function, defined by bounded maximization of a parameter where another function is zero, is primitive recursive [on hold]

Let $g:\mathbb N^2 \to \mathbb N$ be a primitive recursive function and define $f: \mathbb N \to \mathbb N$ by $f(n)$ = largest $m$ such that $m \leq n$ and $g(n,m) = 0$. If there is no such $m$, set $...
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vacuous truth -> empty set is both included and not included in every set?

I understand the concept of vacuous truth and its use in showing that the empty set is a subset of every set. Based on my understanding of vacuous truth (for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Henkin theory follow complete

Assume that Γ is a a Henkin theory. For any two constants c,d, either $\Gamma \vdash c=d$ or $\Gamma \vdash c \neq d$. There are two constants a,b such that $\Gamma \vdash a\neq b$.Show that Γ is a ...
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Formulating a problem in terms of set theory

Here is one problem I was trying to solve just by trial-and-error method. However, I was thinking about how to write the clear solution using set theory. Problem: A notebook contains exactly $100$...
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$1+1=2$…but Why? [duplicate]

A study that was carried on recently showed that even babies at the age of few months know that $1+1=2$. My question is : is this a fact that can be proved, or is it a just a postulate as those in ...
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How to simplify using algebra laws

Simplify the following by using algebra laws. (i) X’.Y’ + X.Y.Z. + X’.Y + X.Y My attempt: X’.Y’ + Y(X.Y.Z + X'Y + X.Y) X’.Y’ + (X.Z + X' + X) X’(X’.Y’ + X') + X.Z + X Y’ + X' + X.Z + X Y’ + X' +...
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How mathematics would be different if the first derivations, conjectures and theorems would be others? [on hold]

I've realised that mathematics is nothing else that an implication of some assumptions (plus the assumptions themselves, of course). We have axioms and we derive new "things", new rules, ideas, ...
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Prove $( \lnot C \implies \lnot B) \implies (B \implies C)$ without the Deduction Theorem

The issue is Exercise 1.47 (d) in Elliot Mendelson's "Mathematical Logic". The exercise is to prove $(\lnot C\implies\lnot B)\implies(B\implies C)$ by using the three axioms $(A1,A2,A3)$ without using ...
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can you help me to transform ∀x FO logical formula to it equivalent ¬∃ formula?

i have this formula ∀x ∀y (A(x,y) V A(y,x) → B(x,c1) ∧ B(y,c2) ∧ c1≠c2) to the equivalent formula that start by ¬∃x ¬∃ y ? you will find the question here ...
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Gödel's ontological proof and “modal collapses”

Recent findings on Gödel's ontological argument allowed to ultimately establish a couple of things: Gödel's original axiomata are inconsistent Scott's variation instead is consistent Scott's axioms ...
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An infinite set of axioms in ZF? What does that mean?

Before write this question, I lookeded around enough in this forum for a possible answer and although there are many similar questions, I couldn't find one answer which understand or satisfies me. I ...
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Answer key to Peter Smith, “An Introduction to Formal Logic”, exercise 13.C.11

If A, B are tautologically inconsistent, then so are $\neg A$ and $\neg B$ This statement is from question C11 at http://www.logicmatters.net/resources/pdfs/answers/Exercises13.pdf, which the answer ...
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True or falsehood of open formula under a fixed interpretation

Given the open formula: $\alpha =(\exists{{x}_{2}})({P}^{1}({x}_{1},{x}_{2}))$ And consider the interpretation $I$ where the domain is the natural numbers, and ${P}^{1}$ means equality. Is $\alpha$ ...
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Reasoning informally about $\{x \in B \mid x \notin C\} \in \mathscr P(A)$

Attempting to apply more flexible, informal reasoning to predicate logic as demonstrated helpfully to me by another user in answer to my last question. $\{x \in B \mid x \notin C\} \in \mathscr P(A)$ ...
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Rewriting $\mathscr P(\bigcup_{i \in I} A_i)\not\subset\bigcup_{i \in I} \mathscr P(A_i)$ in more fundamental terms.

Working through Velleman's "How to Prove It" and currently having a bit of difficulty with a problem where I'm asked to rewrite this: $$\mathscr P\left(\bigcup_{i\in I} A_i\right)\not\subset\bigcup_{...
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Why is $p{\implies}q$ defined to have a truth value if $p$ is false? [duplicate]

At first it would seem that if $p{\implies}q$ means "$p$ implies $q$", then if $p$ is false then the entire statement doesn't make sense. It looks like if we have no way of knowing whether $p$ implies ...
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expanding requirements for equivalent conditions

We have all seen statements about equivalent conditions, such as If any one of the following three conditions hold, then all three conditions hold. Are there any examples of three conditions which ...
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Unary relation in a logical sentence

I'd appreciate help with this sentence: Let there be a language L and a structure M, and I need to prove the following sentence is logically false: $$\varphi :\exists xR(x)\rightarrow \forall yR(y)$$ ...
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Show that the law of the excluded middle does not hold in a BCCC

I want to show that the law of the excluded middle do not hold in a bicartesian closed category (BCCC), interpreted as follows: In general, there need not be a morphism $1 \to A + 0^A$ for $A \in \...
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What are the different ways to get a first-order formula that express the statement“$P$ is the $n$-th prime”

I know that such a $2$-predicate formula exists since Enderton's have already constructed such a formula in his text on mathematical logic but it was not easy to remember so I wonder if there is other ...
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Sequences of a computable function

Is there any computable function $f(n)$, which given any integer $n$ has been proven to return either $0$ or $1$ in finite time, and for which the statement "$f(1), f(2), f(3),\ldots$ contains ...
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Natural Deducion: assumptions can be used more than once?

Im trying to prove: $ \forall{x}\forall{y}(P(x,y)\rightarrow{}\sim P(y,x)) \vdash \forall{x} \sim P(x,x)$ What i have: $\forall{x}\forall{y}(P(x,y)\rightarrow{}\sim P(y,x))\;$ Premise $ \forall{y}...
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Boolean Logic Converting DNF to CNF

I'm confused on how to convert DNF to CNF. On the answer sheet my teacher gave me, she just convert it right away with no explanation. So my teacher convert $F: (A \wedge \neg B) \vee (B \wedge D)$ ...
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Using separators as functional symbols in first order logic

Suppose we have the following definition of a term: A $term$ is: $x$, where "$x$" is a variable $c$, where "$c$" is a constant symbol $f(\tau_1,...,\tau_n)$, where "$f$" is a ...
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Predicate logic: $(\forall x\varphi \rightarrow \forall x\psi ) \nRightarrow (\forall x(\varphi \rightarrow \psi))$

Given $L$ language and $\varphi$ and $\psi$ are formulas. Needs to show that is happening in general: $$(\forall x\varphi \rightarrow \forall x\psi ) \nRightarrow (\forall x(\varphi \rightarrow \psi)...
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$a^n$ even implies $a$ even

I've tried to prove that $(\forall a,n>0 \in \mathbb{N}),(a^n \text{ even} \implies a \text{ even})$, can someone tell me whether my proof is sound? Lemma 1: $a \text{ even} \implies a^2 \text{ ...
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Logic-Calculating Cd Failures

I am working on homework and have the problem At a company every 4th CD is tested, the testing consists of 4 testing programs and the probability that they fail are as follow Program 1 : .01 Program ...
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Find the number of all possible valuations that will satisfy given expression.

This part concerns the 256 possible truth valuations of the following eight propositional letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H. For each of the following expressions, say how many of the 256 valuations ...
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The positive introspection axiom

I am studying modal logic with the textbook 'Reasoning about Knowledge' Fagin et al. 1995 The positive introspection axiom is taken as something that can be proved with the possible worlds model of ...
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i dont understand how theorem calculation proofs work please help [on hold]

I do not understand hilbert style proofs and how they work. Can someone please explain them to me? some things i need to know are: • Write theorem-calculations from Γ (equivalently, Γ−...
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Puzzle : Truant List of Statements

I was working my way through some puzzles in Discrete Maths by Rosen, when I came across the following question: The $n^{th}$ statement in a list of 100 statements is : "Exactly $n$ of the ...
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Why is the proof of Gödel's first incompleteness theorem no contradiction?

I consider the following version of Gödel's first incompleteness theorem: Assume $F$ is a formalized system which contains Robinson arithmetic $ Q$. Then a sentence $G_F$ of the language of $F$ can ...
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Categorical semantics explained – what is an interpretation?

I’ve been really having a hard time trying to understand categorical semantics. In fact, I am confused to the point I am afraid I don't know how to ask this question! I’ve been reading textbooks like ...
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What's a good introduction to Second Order Logic

I'm looking for a good introduction to second order logic. Any recommendations?
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If empty set is a subset of empty set is always true , then is empty set not a subset of empty set always false? [on hold]

If $\varnothing \subseteq \varnothing$ is always true , is $\varnothing \subsetneq \varnothing$ always false ? Any proofs ?
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Predicate calculus -help [duplicate]

I need to prove that the ∃x(R(x)→∀yR(y)) is logically valid. I'm trying to understand why this statement is true but I can't figure it out.
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What is the intutition behind the negative exponential ? in linear logic?

The positive exponential ! has a very satisfying interpretation in terms of the standard resource interpretation of linear logic. Given a resource $a$, we know that $!a$ means an infinite supply of $a$...
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Should multiple premises of a natural deduction inference rule always have the same context?

Consider the conjunction introduction and implication elimination rules of natural deduction: $$\frac{\Gamma\vdash\alpha \quad \Gamma\vdash\beta}{ \Gamma\vdash \alpha \land \beta} (\land I) \qquad ...