P250 | 3590 | Toribio-Mateas

TEXT: M. Bergmann, J. Moor and J. Nelson, The Logic Book (third edition), New York, McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, 1998. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Logic's main concern is with the validity of arguments. The course is an introduction to modes of logically assessing arguments making as precise as possible the conditions under which they are acceptable. Students will learn to identify, analyze and evaluate arguments as expressed both in natural and formal languages. The aim of the course regarding the formal approach —which constitutes the core of the course— is to provide the student with a good working knowledge of both sentential calculus and quantification theory —the foundations upon which modern symbolic logic is built. Emphasis is placed on the development of formal proof techniques. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: - I have made exercise assignments for roughly every other class meeting and shall present occasional quizzes. - In addition to these assignments there will be two one and a half-hour exams. The exams will each cover materials presented in the corresponding halves of the course. There will not be a final exam in this course. GRADES: Each exam will be of equal value in computing the course grade. The exams will constitute 75% of the final grade; homework exercises and quizzes, the remaining 25%. All tests will be announced in advance.