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Course Date: 29 September 2014 to 24 November 2014 (8 weeks)
In this course, you will learn how to formalize information and reason systematically to produce logical conclusions. We will also examine logic technology and its applications - in mathematics, science, engineering, business, law, and so forth.
Logic is one of the oldest intellectual disciplines in human history.
It dates back to the times of Aristotle; it has been studied through the
centuries; and it is still a subject of active investigation today.
This course is a basic introduction to Logic. It shows how to formalize
information in form of logical sentences. It shows how to reason systematically
with this information to produce all logical conclusions and only logical
conclusions. And it examines logic technology and its applications - in
mathematics, science, engineering, business, law, and so forth.
The course differs from other introductory courses in Logic in two important
ways. First of all, it teaches a novel theory of logic that improves accessibility
while preserving rigor. Second, the material is laced with interactive
demonstrations and exercises that suggest the many practical applications
of the field.
Will I get a statement of accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a statement
of accomplishment signed by the instructor.
What is the format of the class?
The class consists of videos, notes, and a few background readings. The
videos include interactive demonstrations and exercises. There are also
standalone quizzes that are not part of video lectures. Workload: one to
two hours of video content per week.
What should I know to take this class?
The course has no prerequisites beyond high school mathematics. You should
be comfortable with symbolic manipulation techniques, as used, for example,
in solving simple algebra problems. And you need to understand sets, functions,
and relations. However, that's all. If you have this background, you should
Do I need to buy any textbooks?
None is required, as the course is self-contained.