## The Reading a Counter Example from a Tree Widget

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Logical System

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The Colin Howson book uses a notation like R(a,b,c) for the application of a predicate R to the arguments or terms a, b, c.

It employs the upper case letters A-Z, perhaps followed by subscripts, to be predicates, so, for example, R, S₁, T₁_{2 } are all predicates.

The software supports this.

But the software makes an extension.

Often, when working informally, authors will write Red(x) to mean that the predicate Red is applied to the variable x.

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Colin Howson, [1997]Logic with treesChapter 11

Set theory is an extensive topic introduced elsewhere. It can be written as a first order theory.

There is one axiom schema, Abstraction (or Comprehension), which can generate infinitely many axioms

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Colin Howson, [1997]Logic with treesChapter 9 & 11

It is common in this setting (which is arithmetic) to use functional terms like s(x), s(1), s(0) to mean the *successor* of x, 1, and 0, respectively. Equally common is the notation x', 1', and 0' to mean the same thing. The latter is quicker and shorter (though not semi-nmemonic)-- we will use it here.

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Colin Howson, [1997]Logic with treesChapter 9

Groups can be characterized by three proper symbols {=,+,0} (ie identity, one infix operator, we will use '+', and an identify element '0') and the three proper axioms

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Logical System

Colin Howson, [1997] *Logic with trees*

The word 'terms' in logic means 'names' and thus far we have met two kinds of terms: constants (or proper names), and variables.

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Colin Howson, [1997]Logic with treesChapter 2

Howson [1997] has a number of exercises. Many of them you will be able to do in the Widget below.

Here are a few hints

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You need to know some propositional logic to be able to understand the tutorials to come. In particular, you need to know about the symbols used in propositional logic, truth tables, satisfiability, consistency, and semantic invalidity (by counter example). You do not need to know propositional rules of inference and derivations.

Howson [1997] will give you enough background.

Alternatively you could look at the first five propositional tutorials in Easy Deriver

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Colin Howson, [1997]Logic with treesChapter 2

A central use for Trees is to produce a counter example to an invalid argument. To do this, you construct a tree with a complete open branch. You will be able to do this for invalid arguments (but not valid ones). Then you run up that branch assigning all atomic formulas True and all negations of atomic formulas False.

This software will let you try a few.