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Exam-Style Questions on Logic

Problems on Logic adapted from questions set in previous exams.

1.

IB Studies

At Valley Park school, students must choose at least one of three after-school activities: Sport, Music or Adventure.

Consider the following propositions about one of the students called Raj:

\(s\): Raj chooses Sport,

\(m\): Raj chooses Music,

\(a\): Raj chooses Adventure.

(a) Write, in words, the compound proposition

$$\lnot s \Rightarrow (m \lor a)$$

(b) Complete the truth table for \(\lnot m \Rightarrow s\)

\(m\)\(s\)\(\lnot m\)\(\lnot m \Rightarrow s\)
TT
TF
FT
FF

(c) State whether \(\lnot m \Rightarrow s\) is a tautology, a contradiction or neither. Justify your answer.


2.

IB Studies

Two propositions \(e\) and \(f\) are defined as follows

\(e\): Nigel is exercising regularly,

\(f\): Nigel is getting fitter.

(a) Write down the following statement in words.

$$f\Rightarrow e$$

(b) Write down, in words, the contrapositive statement of \(f\Rightarrow e\).

(c) Determine whether your statement in part (a) is logically equivalent to your statement in part (b). Justify your answer.


3.

IB Studies

Consider the following statements.

\(p\): the actor was cast for a part in a play
\(q\): the actor has learned all of her lines
\(r\): the actor is ready for the dress rehearsal

(a) Write the following argument in symbolic form.

"If the actor was cast for a part in a play and has learned all of her lines, then the actor is ready for the dress rehearsal."

(b) Complete a truth table for the argument in part (a). Begin your truth table as follows.

\(p\)\(q\)\(r\)       
TTT
TTF
TFT
TFF
FTT
FTF
FFT
FFF

(c) Use your truth table to determine whether the argument in part (a) is valid. Give a reason for your decision.

Write down the inverse of the argument in part (a)

(d) in symbolic form;

(e) in words.


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