Proof theory is an area of logic that studies proof as formal mathematical objects. For questions asking how to write proofs or for checking an informal proof, please use the proof-writing or proof-strategy tags instead.

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How to show that the displaying numbers of a onto function is k!S(n,k)?

Let it be $A$,$B$ sets that $|A|$=$n$, $|B|$=$k$ and $|A|>|B|$. How to show that the displaying numbers of an onto function $f$:$A$ $\rightarrow$ $B$ is: $\begin{Bmatrix} n \\ k\end{Bmatrix}$$k!$ ...
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prove that this number contains two equal digits

We delete the first digit from the number $7^{1996}$ and then we add it to the remaining number, repeat this until we get a number consisting of $10$ digits, prove that, this number contains two equal ...
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Rigorous proof of '${\{A \Rightarrow B}\} \iff {\{\neg B \Rightarrow \neg A}\}$' for a high school student

One method to prove the statement 'If A, then B' is to prove that 'If not B, then not A'. First time that I saw this method it was not (and still isn't) obvious. So I used a more obvious example to ...
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Prove that to any three numbers positive integers [on hold]

Prove that for any three positive integers, following equality holds $$\operatorname{lcm}(ab , bc , ca ) \cdot \gcd(a , b, c )=abc$$
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Proving a trigonometric identity with tangents [on hold]

Prove that: $$\tan^227^\circ +2 \tan27^\circ \tan36^\circ=1$$ any help, I appreciate it.
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How do I know which of these are mathematical statements?

While reading this book called "How to Read and do Proofs" by Daniel Solow(Google) I found the following exercise at the end of the first chapter. So how do I know if something is a mathematical ...
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Is Fermat's Last theorem equivalent to $1 + 1 = 2$?

I got into a debate with someone concerning whether FLT is equivalent to $1 + 1 =2$. He said common sense tells us it isn't equivalent. However, I disagreed. Since both are provable statements, they ...
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Can we see natural deduction rules as functions or even as formal grammars?

Is there a way of seeing natural deduction rules as functions or even as formal grammars, maybe context-free grammars or Lambek grammars? It seems quite "easy" to see the rules as functions which take ...
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Using Sequent Calculus to prove $\exists x_1 x_2 [ B ( x_1 , x_2 ) \rightarrow \forall y_1 y_2 B ( y_1 , y_2 ) ]$

I need to prove the validity of the following formula using the sequent calculus LK: $$ \exists x_1 x_2 [ B ( x_1 , x_2 ) \rightarrow \forall y_1 y_2 B ( y_1 , y_2 ) ] \text{.} $$ I already had a look ...
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Explanation on the symmetry between identity axiom and cut rule

In Proofs And Types at the beginning of 5.1.4 Girard says that the identity axiom is somewhat complementary to the cut rule, more specifically 'The identity axiom says that $C$ (on the left) is ...
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Weakening and Contraction

I saw this site saying weakening is a structural rule where the hypotheses or conclusion of a sequent may be extended with additional members and that contraction is a rule where two equal (or ...
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What does “rigorous proof” mean?

I have heard several times that some mathematician has given another and more rigorous for an established theorem, but I don't know what does it really mean and what differences makes it to be more ...
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Problem with a step in a proof in predictive control

I'm trying to follow a demontration written in an optimal control paper. In one of the steps, it states What I'm having troubles with is the last step, it states that because of the convexity of ...
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What are some arguments/counterarguments for Zeilberger's “proof certificates”?

Here is the quote I wish to ask about: "I speculate that similar developments will occur elsewhere in mathematics, and will 'trivialize' large parts of mathematics, by reducing mathematical ...
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Encyclopedia of Mathematical Proofs with no English

I was wondering if anyone is aware of a modern book that builds a subset of elementary number theory from Peano axioms preferably in a Principia Mathematica fashion? Or similarly an encyclopedia of ...
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Consistent, complete axiom system that proves its own consistency

Is there a consistent, complete axiom system that proves its own consistency? I know that this question isn't exact and I haven't defined when an axiom system proves its own consistency because ...
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Is it always possible to algebraically express a function defined by a set of rules?

Let's say you have an arbitrary function defined by a set of rules such that for example: Domain $\hspace{9mm}$ Range $\hspace{5mm}$ 1 $\hspace{23mm}$ 2 $\hspace{5mm}$ 2 $\hspace{23mm}$ 2 ...
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proof of validity of tautology in first order logic

Every first-order logic formula which has a tautological shape in propositional logic is a valid formula. Will it be possible to give a formal proof for the above ? Thanks and Regards.
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What kind of trivial statement still needs to be proven?

There are many statements that seem to be needless of a proof since they are ‘evident’ mainly because of our intuition. But some of them have proofs. For example, in C. Adams’ Introduction to ...
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Clever proofs that prove one identity is equal to another, without going through the original identity?

In a previous question I attempted to formalize the argument of going from one proof of an identity to another, which turned out to be harder than I thought. The thing is, while it may be impossible ...
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Is it always possible to go from one identity to another?

This question was inspired by this Quora question. I'm sure lots of you are familiar with the fact that we have many different representations of $\pi$, things like $$ \begin{align} \pi & = ...
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Prove $ \{(p \lor q) \land (p \implies r) \land (q \implies r) \} \implies r$ is a tautology using logical properties

I spent quite a bit of time on this and have little to no ideas on how to proceed. Using the conditional laws and De Morgan's law, I got to $$( \sim p \land \sim q) \lor (p \land \sim r) \lor(q ...
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Proof by Induction Divisibility.

$6^n-5n+4$ is divisible by 5 for all positive integers $n$. $n >=1$ Prove By Induction My attempt is as follows: $n=1$ $6^1-5(1) +4$ $=5$, Therefore 5 is divisible by 5 so $n=1$ is true ...
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What if 'proof by contradiction' is not a valid method of proof?

I've just been reading this question about the existence (or lack thereof) of contradictions in maths. I've been wondering: What if 'proof by contradiction' is not a valid method to (dis)prove a ...
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Isomorphic: Properties Proved for A are True for B?

To make this a little more concrete, consider vector spaces. An isomorphism between two spaces is an invertible linear transformation. It seems to then be commonly asserted or assumed that if A and ...
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Using the notion of provability only, how to show that $\Gamma \nvdash \varphi$?

For a practical example, suppose I want to show that $\{ P\} \nvdash Q$. From completeness, this is trivial: just find a model where $P$ is true and $Q$ false. But suppose I am stubborn and I don't ...
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If $T$ a consistent set of sentences and $a,b$ sentences such that $T\vdash (a\rightarrow b)$and $T\vdash (\lnot a\rightarrow b)$ Then $T\vdash b$ [closed]

I am stucked at this problem for a long time: Let $T$ be a consistent set of first-order sentences and let $\alpha,\beta$ be sentences. Prove that if $T\vdash( \alpha\rightarrow \beta)$ and ...
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Idea of a proof by contradiction

Is the idea of a proof by contradiction to prove that the desired conclusion is both true and false or can it be any derived statement that is true and false (not necessarily relating to the ...
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Proving that $\sum_{i=2}^n(5i-4)=\frac{n(5n-3)-2}{2}$ for all $n\geq 1$ by mathematical induction

I have this question: Show, using mathematical induction, that for all natural numbers $n$, $$6 + 11 + 16 + 21 + \cdots + (5n-4) = \frac{n(5n-3)-2}{2}$$ I am confused in that that question states ...
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Prove by Natural deduction that $\lnot\exists xP(x)\rightarrow\forall x\lnot P(x)$

I got this problem: Prove by Natural deduction in First Order Logic that $\lnot\exists xP(x)\rightarrow\forall x \lnot P(x)$ I tried to prove it using the Contradiction Theorem but I got ...
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What exactly is wrong with this argument (Lucas-Penrose fallacy)

Argument "For every computer system, there is a sentence which is undecidable for the computer, but the human sees that it is true, therefore proving the sentence via some non-algorithmic method." ...
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Mathematical Induction. Horses made me question my understanding

I recently read about the false inductive proof that all horses are the same colour. There are some mathSE threads about this already (MathSE_thread_1, MathSE_thread_2). After reading this, I now ...
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The ethics of Borel determinacy

I was speaking with a friend the other day, and I happened to say "morally, Borel determinacy is as strong as ZF." I was riffing on the well-known result of Harvey Friedman, that we need ...
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On provability within minimal logic

In its most naive form my question boils down to this: when is a proposition that is provable "by contradiction" also provable "directly"? IOW, is it possible to know, a priori, that a ...
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What is the meaning of proof of a proof?

After reading about Curry-Howard corrsepondence and looking at some proofs written in coq i've thinked about meaning of proof of a proof. We can express proofs as a computer program Proof is correct ...
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Left and Right hand associativity equivalent first order logic

Say we are in a first order theory, and one of our inference rules is the associative rule saying that we can infer $(A \vee B) \vee C$ from $A \vee (B \vee C)$. Using the other logical inference ...
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particular property and completeness?

I was puzzeling with the almost standard definition of completeness: In mathematical logic and metalogic, a formal system is called complete with respect to a particular property if every formula ...
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Showing that language $L^{'}$ is regular given $L$ is regular [duplicate]

Say $L \subseteq \{a,b\}^*$ is a regular language with words whose length is divisible by 3. Each word $w \in L$ has the form $w=xyz$ with $|x|=|y|=|z|$, where $y$ is then called the middle third of ...
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Series Proof Question [duplicate]

By considering the partial sums for S, that is Sn =1+2+3+···n show that the infinite series S does not converge. However in this video http://www.numberphile.com/videos/analytical_continuation1.html ...
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Who stole the axioms in Natural Deduction?

The study of Gentzen's sequent calculus give me the opportunity to propose some reflections about the concept of logical truth. I'll refer to the english edition of Gentzen's works : The collected ...
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Josephine problem

So the problem is Suppose there are 2n people in a circle; the first n are “good guys” and the last n are “bad guys.” Show that there is always an integer m (depending on n) such that, if we go ...
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Proof for equalities remaining

Imagine the relation x@y = z, where @ is some operation (and so is #). We often use the property that (x@y)# = z# to solve for variables. For example, $$2x = 9/2$$ We say that it will still be equal ...
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When are two proofs “the same”?

Often, we find different proofs for certain theorems that, on the surface, seem to be very different but actually use the same fundamental ideas. For example, the topological proof of the infinitude ...
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proof by contradiction

I have the following theorem: and I want to prove it by contradiction. I have started by negating the consequence, so I will have that so if I rearrange these terms I will have that: which ...
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Clarification when using Mean Value Property to prove Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

We say that $f$ satisfies the Mean Value Property (MVP) on a ball $B(a,R) = \{z; |z-a| <R \}$ if $$ f(a) = \frac{1}{2 \pi} {\int_0}^{2\pi} f(a + te^{i \phi}) d \phi$$ for $0 < t <R.$ It is ...
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Show that if A and B are strictly convex, then A + B is strictly convex or provide a counter example.

We have: If A is open: $\exists x,y \in A,$ $x \neq y$ such that $\lambda x+(1-\lambda y)\in \dot A $ (the interior) and $\exists u,v \in B,$ $x \neq y$ such that $\lambda u+(1-\lambda v)\in ...
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What is meant by “constant” in Liouville's Theorem?

Liouville's Theorem states that: Every holomorphic* function for which there exists a positive number M such that $|f(z)| \le M$ for all $z \in \mathbb C$ is constant. I'm using this to prove ...
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Discrete Math Informal Proofs Using Mathematical Induction

Need to do a proof by mathematical induction using 4 steps to show that the following statement is true for every positive integer n and to help use the weak principle of mathematical induction. $2 + ...
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Why is $n^2+4$ never divisible by $3$?

Can somebody please explain why $n^2+4$ is never divisible by $3$? I know there is an example with $n^2+1$, however a $4$ can be broken down to $3+1$, and factor out a three, which would be divisible ...
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role of definitions in proofs

Definitions are needed to define objects and such, however I am confused as to where definitions come from. I feel that they cannot be something that we arbitrarily define because simply saying ...