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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Proof by contradiction how to show is properly

For every $x \in \left[\pi/2,\pi\right]\,,\ \sin\left(x\right) − \cos\left(x\right) \geq 1$. I have drawn the graph and can clearly see that A is true however how do I prove it correctly.
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If the sum of the digits of n is equal to the sum of the digits of 5n, then prove that 9|n.

Let $n\in\mathbb{N}$. So far I have: If the sum of the digits of $n$ is $k$, then $n = 9m + k$, where $m$ element of an integer (not sure why). Now consider $5n-n$. Help?
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What is the proof-theoretic ordinal of the first-order theory of real closed fields?

I recently asked a question on MathOverflow, concerning a predicative second-order theory of real numbers. Now the standard way of developing predicativity in the case of second-order arithmetic is ...
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What are those “things that cannot be proved using only ordinary rules of inference”?

The online edition of the book Introduction to Logic by Michael Genesereth and Eric Kao, has a detail that left me confused. CHAPTER 4 [...] 4.2 Linear Proofs [...] The ...
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Curry-Howard Correspondence (Proof Theory)

As you all know, the Curry-Howard correspondance provides a link between type theory and predicate logic. Concepts featured in the former, such as $\Pi$-type and $\Sigma$-type can, by the ...
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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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Are there statments which do not have a constructive proof?

I understand that a lot of statements are just non-nonconstructive in nature (like negative statements), and I understand that a lot of statements are not provable without the axiom of choice. ...
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How can Goodstein's theorem be expressed in PA

I understand Goodstein's Theorem and its proof. I'm trying to understand the proof of why Goodstein's Theorem cannot be proved in PA. However, it's not immediately clear to me that Goodstein's Theorem ...
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Proving the dimension of the intersection of 2 subspaces

Assume that $U$ and $W$ are distinct subspaces $( U ≠ W )$ of a four-dimensional vector space $V$ and $\dim(U) = \dim(W) = 3$. Prove that $\dim ( U ∩ W ) = 2$.
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Infinitely many proofs?

While compiling a list of my favorite proofs of the infinitude of primes, the following came to mind; Proposition: There are infinitely many non-isomorphic proofs of the infinitude of primes. I'm ...
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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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Euclidean algorithm to provde gcd's and multiples

Suppose a, b, n ∈ N. Use the Euclidean algorithm to prove that gcd(na, nb) = n gcd(a, b). I was going to try setting it up, by literally doing: nb = rna + k and so forth, but something tells me this ...
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Proving Properties in Ordered Fields

Refer to Definition 1.3, which states, an ordered field is a field F that is ordered set with the following additional properties: ...
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Cartesian product proof with counterexample

I was asked to disprove the following statement by counterexample: Let A, B and C be sets. If A x C = B x C then A = B I was under the impression that: (x1, y1) = (x2, y2) if and only if x1 = x2 and ...
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Proving order of magnitude

Generally how much proof must be given to prove a statement of order-of-magnitude? for example: $n^2 + 2 log (n) = O(n^2)$ $2 log (n)$ has a lower order of magnitude than $n^2$ so it can be argued ...
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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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Hilbert calculus: Proof that every provable formula has a proof

For my indroduction to logic course I have to proof, that every provable formula has a proof. It sounds first very funny, second also very logic, still I don't get to make of formally work.. The ...
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Struggling with proof, by contrapositive?

I am having trouble solving this proof. I tried to do a proof by contrapositive. Q = $(u+z)/(v+w) < z/w$ P = $(u/v < x/y \land x/y < z/w)$ Assuming $\lnot Q$ got me: $u/v \ge z/w$ ...
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Does a finitely axiomatizable theory with $\Sigma_n$ axioms have $\Sigma_n$ theorems?

Let $T$ be a theory with a finite set of axioms $\Delta$, where every sentence of $\Delta$ is $\Sigma_n$ (in the Levy hierarchy). Is every theorem of $T$ (i.e. every sentence that is proved by $T$) ...
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Using an automatic tool for checking geometric conjectures

I do a lot of research about squares, and I thought of using some automatic tool for proving / disproving some geometric conjectures. As a simple example, consider the following Square coloring ...
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How much arithmetic can Predicative Second-Order EFA do?

As discussed in this MathOverflow question, I'm trying to find what the result would be of applying a Feferman-Scutte-like analysis to the predicativism of Edward Nelson and Charles Parsons, who ...
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Difference between soundness and correctness

Is there any actual semantic difference between soundness and correctness? Can I use these words interchangeably when talking about formal reasoning, proof, logics, etc.? Otherwise, is there a ...
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Is a sentence in $\Pi_1$ true given $Q \vdash \lnot\varphi$?

If $Q \vdash \lnot\varphi$ (Q is the Robinson arithmetic), and if I assume that $\varphi \in \Pi_1$; Can I say that $\varphi$ is a true sentence? My thoughts are that, given that Q is $\Sigma_1$- ...
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Do we know that if $\pi$ is normal then there is a proof of it?

We do not know whether $\pi$ is normal or it is not and many other weaker statements, e.g. (*) $\pi$ contains infinitely many $0$s. Inspired by the Godel's incompleteness theorem that there are some ...
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A question about $KP + V = L$ and $KP$ set theory.

In reading Rathjen (Choice principles in constructive set theories) and Jager (On Feferman's OST) I've come across two facts that are taken as obvious/well known, and probably are, but for which I ...
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Girard's System $F$ (also named Polymorphism)

I have been studying Girard's Polymorphism and a question came to my mind: why is it (also) called system $F$? Where does the $F$ come from? (i searched it online but didn't get any luck...)
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What is the proof-theoretic strength of the predicative second-order theory of real numbers?

The first-order theory of real numbers, AKA the theory of real closed fields, is obtained by added to the axioms for ordered fields an axiom schema of completeness, which states that for each formula ...
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proof checking machine vs. provability checking machine

Let M be a proof-checking Turing machine which takes two inputs, A and B. : M(A,B) = 0 if A codes a valid proof of the sentence coded by B in ZFC. M(A,B) = 1 if A does not code a valid proof of the ...
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Examining every mathematical result in purely formal, ZFC language.

My main interest is physics. However, being self-taught in mathematics for the most part, my proofs tend to be more intuitive than it is acceptable. Yet, I recognize my inaptitude in rigor, and I ...
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Proof of law of reflection using Fermat's principle : are we really proving the law of reflection?

Before you skip reading this, let me tell you that this isn't a "how to derive the law of reflection using Fermat's principle" question. Also, I asked it on MSE instead of the physics site because ...
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Proof by contradiction and order of statements

Order matters, take sequences tending towards a limit: $$\forall\epsilon>0\exists N\in\mathbb{N}:n>N\implies|x_n-L|<\epsilon$$ "For all $\epsilon$ there exists an $N$" is totally different to ...
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Proof of $(\forall x. \varepsilon(x)) \Rightarrow \bot $ in $\lambda\pi $ calculus $\equiv$

What is the right representation of the proof of $(\forall x. \varepsilon(x)) \Rightarrow \bot $ in simple type theory as a term of $\lambda\pi $ calculus $\equiv$? Note on notation: The epsilon ...
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How Do I Show that Condensed Derivable Rules of Inference Yield the Same Formula as Using Condendensed Detachment Multiple Times?

If we look at condensed detachment of two formulas $\alpha$ and $\beta$, we can see that D$\alpha$.$\beta$, where $\alpha$ has form C$\alpha$$_a$$\alpha$$_b$ is equivalent to using the rule ...