PHIL 641: Mathematical Logic (Fall 2005)

The subject of this course is the metatheory of propositional and predicate logic. This will include definitions of formal languages for these systems, their proof theory, model theory, and demonstrations of their soundness and completeness. As a necessary background for this, we will begin with an overview of the basic elements of set theory, including functions and relations, and a discussion of methods of mathematical proof.


The text for this class is:

Formal Work

  1. Homework assignments (8): 20%
  2. Mid-term exam (take-home): 40%
  3. Final exam (take-home): 40%

In addition, we will work through a number of proofs in class. Understanding the nature of proofs in logical theory is a fundamental aspect of this course, and students will occasionally be asked to make presentations of proofs of theorems in class (with advance warning).


Page numbers refer to Zalabardo. Although I will try to stay reasonably close to this schedule, the pace may need to be adjusted depending on how the class goes.

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It will be my policy in this course to include the following statement on all examinations and request students to sign it:

 "On my honor, as an Aggie, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work."


Signature of student 

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