Formal Logic

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Formal logic appears naturally in several places in computer science. Logic gates are the elementary building blocks of integrated circuits. Proofs of NP-hardness often use reductions to satisfiability of Boolean expressions. Logic provides a concept of computability, and a wealth of problems that cannot be solved algorithmically. Propositional and first-order logic, as well as temporal logic and higher-order logic are used in the verification and validation of computer algorithms.

This one-semester course offers introduction to advanced topics of formal logic. After setting the ground by delving into propositional logic, this course covers first-order logic and modal logic (with some focus on normal forms and the algorithmic treatment of logic formulas) as well as concepts and questions about (un-)decidabilty.

The 2h lectures are accompanied by problem sheets. Solutions to the problem sheets will be handed in by the students and discussed in the problem class. 5 credit points are obtained by solving more than 50% of the problems on the problem sheets plus passing the written exam at the end of the course.

Exercise Sheets

Lecture notes

The lecture notes. Please let me know if you find any errors, including typos.

Assessment: 5 Credit points for solving 50% of the exercises on the problem sheets, and passing the written exam at the end of the course.


Last change 3.2.2020       Dirk Frettlöh