PHIL1068 Elementary Logic


Second Semester: 2016-2017
 
Welcome to the Elementary Logic course web site. This course aims to provide an introduction to logic.
  • Students from any faculty are welcome to take this course. NO prior knowledge of logic or philosophy is required. But you need a lot of motivation to go through the materials on your own. Some of the content is very abstract and you have to do rigorous proofs. Take a look of each component before deciding to take this course.
  • Whatever your background, good training in logic should improve your ability to think clearly, rationally and systematically.
  • Note that this is an online course. This means there are no lectures or tutorials, and you have to go through all the learning material listed below. 
  • Note the dates for tests. If you have problem attending them do no take this course. You should read up to at least tutorial SL15 by the end of reading week, and finish the rest before the end of the semester.
  • There are three quizzes to check your coursework progress, and each count for 20% of the final grade. The final exam is worth 40%.
  • Use this Facebook page to post questions or discuss with other classmates. You should ask all questions related to course content on the page so that other students would not repeat the same questions. You may email the course tutor if you want to make an appointment to meet face-to-face to discuss any issues. 

Readings

 
Topic A: Validity
 
 
(Note that Modules A06-A08 are not required for this course.)
 
Topic B: Sentential Logic
 
Introduction to Sentential Logic
 
 
Derivations in Sentential Logic
 
 
Reflections on Sentential Logic
 
 
Topic C: Predicate logic
 
PL13: Soundness and completeness (recommended, not required)
 
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Find answers to frequently asked questions in the Elementary Logic FAQ.


Timetable

 
The problem sets are for your revision only, no need to submit them.

Quiz 1 covers materials up to SL04
Date: 16 Feb 2017 (7:00pm – 8:00pm)
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre 
Use Problem set 1 (see below) for your revision.
 
Quiz 2 covers materials up to SL15
Date: 23 March 2017 (7:00 pm - 8:00pm)
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre for students with University Numbers larger than 3035095300
LE8 for students with University Numbers smaller than 3035095300
Use Problem set 2 for your revision.
 
Quiz 3 covers materials up to PL09
Date: 19 April 2017 (7:00 pm - 8:00pm)
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre for students with University Numbers larger than 3035095300
LE8 for students with University Numbers smaller than 3035095300
Use Problem set 3 for your revision.
 
1 hour Final Exam during official exam period, check email from the examinations office; covers everything listed in the readings section above
Use Problem set 4 for your revision.


Contact

Please post on the wall of the Facebook page for discussion and questions, and contact the tutor by email if you need to discuss administrative issues or schedule a meeting.