Ch 36: Using Logic in Math

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Let us help you understand how to use logic in math with the engaging lessons provided in this chapter. Our video lessons and quizzes outline key logic topics so you're fully prepared for an upcoming exam or ready to complete a homework assignment.

Using Logic in Math - Chapter Summary

Our instructors explain some of the ways that logic is used in math in this informative chapter. These short and interesting lessons cover truth values, truth tables and propositions, as well as conditional statements as they're used in math. You'll also review logic laws and how both inductive and deductive reasoning are utilized in mathematics. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Use mathematical models to solve problems
  • Describe the mathematical principles used in problem solving
  • Identify the three-way principle of mathematics
  • Understand the concept of estimation in math
  • Explain how logic and critical thinking are used in math

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9 Lessons in Chapter 36: Using Logic in Math
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Propositions, Truth Values and Truth Tables

1. Propositions, Truth Values and Truth Tables

A proposition is a statement that can be given one of two truth values: it's either true or it is false. Explore how truth values can be placed into a truth table using one of four logic combinations.

Conditional Statements in Math

2. Conditional Statements in Math

A conditional statement is a type of mathematical logic that uses an if-then structure to combine two statements; however, conditional statements may not make sense in reality. Investigate the parts of a conditional statement, and discover how a statement can be true in the world of logic, but false in the real world.

Logic Laws: Converse, Inverse, Contrapositive & Counterexample

3. Logic Laws: Converse, Inverse, Contrapositive & Counterexample

The validity of a logical statement often can be determined by looking at its logical equivalence. Learn about the logical variants of a conditional statement, and explore the definitions of converse, inverse, contrapositive, and counterexample.

Reasoning in Mathematics: Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

4. Reasoning in Mathematics: Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

Inductive and deductive reasoning are two methods of reasoning used in mathematics. Explore the definitions of inductive and deductive reasoning, review examples of each in action, and learn when and how to use them.

Mathematical Principles for Problem Solving

5. Mathematical Principles for Problem Solving

Solving problems, both in math and in life, involves five mathematical principles: always, counterexample, order, splitting hairs, and analogies. Delve into the definition of each principle and learn when and how to use them.

The Three-Way Principle of Mathematics

6. The Three-Way Principle of Mathematics

The three-way principle of mathematics states that there are three ways to solve a math problem: verbally, graphically, or by example. Learn how to use these methods and explore the strengths and limitations of each.

How to Estimate in Math: Definition & Concept

7. How to Estimate in Math: Definition & Concept

Estimating is the use of approximation to arrive at a conclusion similar to the correct answer. Learn the general rule as well as applications of decimals and rounding in estimation in various places.

Using Mathematical Models to Solve Problems

8. Using Mathematical Models to Solve Problems

Mathematical models are used to represent word problems in equations which can help solve the problem. Learn about an introduction to mathematical modeling, and understand why a mathematical model is not a completely accurate representation of the real world.

Critical Thinking and Logic in Mathematics

9. Critical Thinking and Logic in Mathematics

Mathematics involves logic and critical thinking to make connections and draw conclusions. Explore how to use logic, propositions, true or false, and critical thinking in math problems.

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