Syllabus

Dr. H. E. Baber

Spring2019

‘Learning Outcomes’ ·      Learn to identify informal fallacies

·      Learn about rational decision-making and how to live wisely

·      Translate English sentences into the languages of propositional logic and predicate logic

·      Use truth tables to test for tautologousness, logical equivalence, consistency and validity

·      Use truth trees to test for consistency and validity

·      Learn proof strategies and techniques, including reductio, proving the contrapositive, proving biconditionals by ‘proving the conditional going both ways’, and mathematical induction.

·      Do natural deduction proofs in propositional logic to test arguments for validity and sentences for tautologousness

·      Learn about the semantics for propositional and predicate logic

Office Founders 164A
Office Hours Tue 5:30 – 6:30 pm; TueThu 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Telephone USD: Extension 2749 / Cellphone (619) 805-6838 (voice or text)
Email baber@sandiego.edu
Class Website https://usdlogic.wordpress.com/

 

Class Meetings
Section 2 TueThu        2:30 – 3:50 C 119
Section 3 TueThu        4:00 – 5:20 C 119
Texts Hurley Lite

Handouts as distributed

 

Grades Course Grade = (Quizzes + Midterm Test + Exam) / 3

There are no make-ups for quizzes. In lieu of make-ups the lowest quiz score for each half of the semester is dropped. Each quiz and test is curved: the top score, whatever it is, is 100%. YOURSCORE/HIGH is your percentage for each quiz, for the midterm test, and for the final exam. Your total score for the class is the average of quizzes (with the lowest scores for each half of the semester dropped), midterm Test, and final exam. Letter grades for the course are assigned as follows:

Grading Scale

90% – 100%……………………………….A

89%………………………………………….A-

85% – 88%…………………………………B+

80% – 84%…………………………………B

79%………………………………………….B-

75% – 78%…………………………………C+

70% – 74%…………………………………C

65% – 69%…………………………………C-

60% – 64%…………………………………D

59%………………………………………….D-

0% – 58%……………………………………F

I reserve the right to lower the grade distribution, that is, to assign letter grades to lower scores than those indicated above, but will not raise it.

The midterm test covers material for the first half of the semester; the final exam covers material from the second half of the semester.

Test Schedule
Quizzes* Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; Mar 14, 21; Apr 4, 11, 25; May 2, 9
Midterm Test Thu March 28
Final Exams 2:30 Section:    Thu May 23    11:00 am    C 119
4:00  Section:   Tue May 21      2:00 pm    C 119
Homework will not count directly toward your grade but it will be discussed in class and your instructor will be pleased to check, correct and discuss any (tidy and legible) logic exercises you care to submit. Please try to read the material and do the exercises listed for a given day prior to the class meeting at which they will be discussed.
Course Conduct Acts of academic dishonesty are taken seriously and dealt with harshly, following the University’s academic integrity procedures. If you are caught cheating you get an automatic F for the course—no negotiation, no exceptions.
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