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Are you a careful reader, writer and thinker? Five logic chapters lead to greater precision and comprehension in reading and writing at home, in school, at work and in mathematics.
- 1 versus 2-way implication rules - A different starting point - Writing or introducting the 1-way implication rule IF B THEN A as A IF B may emphasize the difference between it or the latter, and the 2-way implication A IF and ONLY IF B.
- Deductive Chains of Reason - See which implications can and cannot be used together to arrive at more implications or conclusions,
- Mathematical Induction - a light romantic view that becomes serious.
- Responsibility Arguments - his, hers or no one's
- Islands and Divisions of Knowledge - a model for many arts and disciplines including mathematics course design: Different entry points may make learning and teaching easier. Are you ready for them?

Early High School Arithmetic

Deciml Place Value - funny ways to read multidigit decimals forwards and backwards in groups of 3 or 6.
- Decimals for Tutors - lean how to explain or justify operations. Long division of polynomials is easier for student who master long division with decimals.
- Primes Factors - Efficient fraction skills and later studies of polynomials depend on this.
- Fractions + Ratios - See how raising terms to obtain equivalent fractions leads to methods for addition, comparison, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions.
- Arithmetic with units - Skills of value in daily life and in the further study of rates, proportionality constants and computations in science & technology.

Early High School Algebra

What is a Variable? - this entertaining oral & geometric view may be before and besides more formal definitions - is the view mathematically correct?
- Formula Evaluation - Seeing and showing how to do and record steps or intermediate results of multistep methods allows the steps or results to be seen and checked as done or later; and will improve both marks and skill. The format here allows the domino effects of care and the domino effects of mistakes to be seen. It also emphasizes a proper use of the equal sign.
- Solve Linear Eqns with & then without fractional operations on line segments - meet an visual introduction and learn how to present do and record steps in a way that demonstrate skill; learn how to check answers, set the stage for solving word problems by by learning how to solve systems of equations in essentially one unknown, set the stage for solving triangular and general systems of equations algebraically.
- Function notation for Computation Rules - another way of looking at formulas. Does a computation rule, and any rule equivalent to it, define a function?
- Axioms [some] as equivalent Computation Rule view - another way for understanding and explaining axioms.
- Using Formulas Backwards - Most rules, formulas and relations may be used forwards and backwards. Talking about it should lead everyone to expect a backward use alone or plural, after mastery of forward use. Proportionality relations may be use backward first to find a proportionality constant before being used forwards and backwards to solve a problem.

Early High School Geometry

Maps + Plans Use - Measurement use maps, plans and diagrams drawn to scale.
- Coordinates - Use them not only for locating points but also for rotating and translating in the plane.
- What is Similarity - another view of using maps, plans and diagrams drawn to scale in the plane and space. Many human-made objects are similar by design.
- 7 Complex Numbers Appetizer. What is or where is the square root of -1. With rectangular and polar coordinates, see how to add, multiply and reflect points or arrows in the plane. The visual or geometric approach here known in various forms since the 1840s, demystifies the square root of -1 and the associated concept of "imaginary" numbers. Here complex number multiplication illustrates rotation and dilation operations in the plane.
- Geometric Notions with Ruler & Compass Constructions :
1 Initial Concepts & Terms
2 Angle, Vertex & Side Correspondence in Triangles
3 Triangle Isometry/Congruence
4 Side Side Side Method
5 Side Angle Side Method
6 Angle Bisection
7 Angle Side Angle Method
8 Isoceles Triangles
9 Line Segment Bisection
10 From point to line, Drop Perpendicular
11 How Side Side Side Fails
12 How Side Angle Side Fails
13 How Angle Side Angle Fails

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www.whyslopes.com >> - Volume 1A Pattern Based Reason >> Chapter 23 Truth Tables Next: [Chapter 24 Direct-and-Indirect-Reason.] Previous: [Chapter 22 Contrapositive and Vacuously True Implications.]   [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25][26] [27] [28] [29] [30]

Chapter 23, Truth Tables


As a student I was never satisfied with the explanation or justification of entries in truth tables for material implication given in my courses. Sp here is an alternative. The occurrence table in chapter 21 for B IF A will be used to explain or provide a justification for truth tables for material implications B IF A (or equivalently, IF A THEN B). Truth Tables appear in upper high school and in college mathematics as an echo of modern notation the algebraic (or symbolic) study and codification of logic. Truth tables may also appear in the discussion of logic tables for electronic circuits: AND, OR, NOR and NAND. Hence, truth tables appear in school mathematics and electricity related courses. Truth tables are useful for showing the equivalence of an implication with its contrapositive form. Truth Tables stem from the work of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Instead of talking about rules and situations (or events) we will talk in this section about statements and assertions. Suppose A and B are shorthand symbols for statements (events, situations etc.) which can be true or false but not both simultaneously in a given situation. Given two such statements A and B, we can define the new statements A or B, A and B, if A then B, NOT A and A iff B. Our goal in this chapter is to say when these new statements are true and when they are false.

The foregoing phrases in terms of situations and rules can be expressed as follows:

  • a statement of the form A or B is true when at least one of the statements A and B is true. Otherwise it is false.
  • a statement of the form A and B is true when both of the statements A and B are true. Otherwise it is false.
  • a statement if A then B is declared to be true if (i) statement B is true whenever statement A is true and (ii) whenever statement B is false, so is statement A.
  • a statement NOT A is declared to be true when A is false, and this statement NOT A is declared to be false when A is true.
  • a statement A if and only if B is declare to be true when at least one of the statements A and B is true, so is the other, and provided (ii) that when at least one of the statements A and B is false, so is the other. (All this is a bit of a tongue twister.)

NOT Revisited

The following truth table shows the relationship between the truth (T) and falseness (F) of A and NOT (A).

row A not(A)
1 T F
2 F T

The statement A is always true when statement NOT A is never true.

The statement NOT A is always true when statement A is never true. Here instead of saying never true, we may say always false.

AND Revisited

The truth (T) or falseness (F) of the statement A and B depends on the respective truth or falseness of the statements A and B. This situation is summarized in the following table.

row statement A statement B A and B
1 T T T
2 T F F
3 F T F
4 F F F

The statement A and B is said to be always true (to always hold) if the situations in rows 2, 3 and 4 of the above table never occur.

OR Revisited

The statement A or B is said to be (mathematical usage) when and only when at least one of the statements A and B is true. The following table summarizes this situation. It shows when the statement A or B is true and when it is false.

row statement A statement B A or B
1 T T T
2 T F T
3 F T T
4 F F F

With this usage, the statement A or B is guaranteed to be true provided the situation in row 4 of the above table never occurs.

If-Then Revisited

We consider the implication if A then B. The following table signals when this implication rule is false and when it is true. Here false signals the rule implication is disobeyed, while true signals not disobeyed. We declare that an implication rule if A then B is always true provided the situation in row 2 never occurs.

row statement A statement B if A then B
1 T T T
2 T F F
3 F T T
4 F F T

The implication if A then B is said to be vacuously true when statement A is always false.

If-and-Only-If Revisited

The following truth table if for the two-way implication A if and only if B. We observe the two-way implication is always true if the situations in rows 2 and 3 never occur.

row statement A statement B A if and only if B
1 T T T
2 T F F
3 F T F
4 F F T

Remember the letter F signals false, and corresponds to the idea of rule being disobeyed. Also remember that the letter T signals true and corresponds to the ideas of a rule being obeyed, or not disobeyed.

Postscript: Above the statement if B then A has the same meaning as the statement A if B. When the latter statement is true, we know that when B is true, then A has to be true as well. But when A is true, we do not know that A has be true. However, if we are given the statement A if and only if B, the latter again requires that A be true when B is, but also it goes further say that A can be true only when B is.

Selby A, Volume 1A, Pattern Based Reason, 1996.

www.whyslopes.com >> - Volume 1A Pattern Based Reason >> Chapter 23 Truth Tables Next: [Chapter 24 Direct-and-Indirect-Reason.] Previous: [Chapter 22 Contrapositive and Vacuously True Implications.]   [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25][26] [27] [28] [29] [30]

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Play with this [unsigned] Complex Number Java Applet to visually do complex number arithmetic with polar and Cartesian coordinates and with the head-to-tail addition of arrows in the plane. Click and drag complex numbers A and B to change their locations.

Pattern Based Reason

Online Volume 1A, Pattern Based Reason, describes origins, benefits and limits of rule- and pattern-based reason and decisions in society, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Not all is certain. We may strive for objectivity, but not reach it. Online postscripts offer a story-telling view of learning: [ A ] [ B ] [ C ] [ D ] to suggest how we share theory and practice in many fields of knowledge.

Site Reviews

1996 - Magellan, the McKinley Internet Directory:

Mathphobics, this site may ease your fears of the subject, perhaps even help you enjoy it. The tone of the little lessons and "appetizers" on math and logic is unintimidating, sometimes funny and very clear. There are a number of different angles offered, and you do not need to follow any linear lesson plan. Just pick and peck. The site also offers some reflections on teaching, so that teachers can not only use the site as part of their lesson, but also learn from it.

2000 - Waterboro Public Library, home schooling section:

CRITICAL THINKING AND LOGIC ... Articles and sections on topics such as how (and why) to learn mathematics in school; pattern-based reason; finding a number; solving linear equations; painless theorem proving; algebra and beyond; and complex numbers, trigonometry, and vectors. Also section on helping your child learn ... . Lots more!

2001 - Math Forum News Letter 14,

... new sections on Complex Numbers and the Distributive Law for Complex Numbers offer a short way to reach and explain: trigonometry, the Pythagorean theorem,trig formulas for dot- and cross-products, the cosine law,a converse to the Pythagorean Theorem

2002 - NSDL Scout Report for Mathematics, Engineering, Technology -- Volume 1, Number 8

Math resources for both students and teachers are given on this site, spanning the general topics of arithmetic, logic, algebra, calculus, complex numbers, and Euclidean geometry. Lessons and how-tos with clear descriptions of many important concepts provide a good foundation for high school and college level mathematics. There are sample problems that can help students prepare for exams, or teachers can make their own assignments based on the problems. Everything presented on the site is not only educational, but interesting as well. There is certainly plenty of material; however, it is somewhat poorly organized. This does not take away from the quality of the information, though.

2005 - The NSDL Scout Report for Mathematics Engineering and Technology -- Volume 4, Number 4

... section Solving Linear Equations ... offers lesson ideas for teaching linear equations in high school or college. The approach uses stick diagrams to solve linear equations because they "provide a concrete or visual context for many of the rules or patterns for solving equations, a context that may develop equation solving skills and confidence." The idea is to build up student confidence in problem solving before presenting any formal algebraic statement of the rule and patterns for solving equations. ...

Senior High School Geometry

- Euclidean Geometry - See how chains of reason appears in and besides geometric constructions.
- Complex Numbers - Learn how rectangular and polar coordinates may be used for adding, multiplying and reflecting points in the plane, in a manner known since the 1840s for representing and demystifying "imaginary" numbers, and in a manner that provides a quicker, mathematically correct, path for defining "circular" trigonometric functions for all angles, not just acute ones, and easily obtaining their properties. Students of vectors in the plane may appreciate the complex number development of trig-formulas for dot- and cross-products.
Lines-Slopes [I] - Take I & take II respectively assume no knowledge and some knowledge of the tangent function in trigonometry.

Calculus Starter Lessons

Why study slopes - this fall 1983 calculus appetizer shone in many classes at the start of calculus. It could also be given after the intro of slopes to introduce function maxima and minima at the ends of closed intervals.
- Why Factor Polynomials - Online Chapter 2 to 7 offer a light introduction function maxima and minima while indicating why we calculate derivatives or slopes to linear and nonlinear curves y =f(x)
- Arithmetic Exercises with hints of algebra. - Answers are given. If there are many differences between your answers and those online, hire a tutor, one has done very well in a full year of calculus to correct your work. You may be worse than you think.

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