UGS 303 Foundations of Logical Thought
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Logic Tools and Games
This class is a Signature Course. So it has two important goals:
· To introduce you, broadly, to the intellectual community that is the University. Click here to find out more about this part of the class.
· To introduce you to a particular important topic, in our case logic and formal reasoning. Click here to find out more about this part of the class.
FREGE and Quest
This class exploits FREGE, an interactive online learning environment. FREGE delivers valuable lessons and assignments in a flexible manner that allows you to spend as much time as you need on a topic. It is expected that you will complete the lessons and/or assignments prior to attending class. This allows us to clarify topics that are unclear and go more in-depth into each topic. FREGE is implemented on UT’s Quest, learning platform.
This course is designed for students who want to hone their reasoning skills. So it teaches skills everyone needs. Because we will choose many of our examples from mathematics and computing, students with interest in those areas will find that this class (in contrast to most other logic classes) will show them how to solve problems that they care about. We will also emphasize the relationship between English and the formal languages of logic. So students who are interested in linguistics should find it relevant.
There are no formal prerequisites. But the class will require that you have, or acquire, a reasonable degree of comfort with formal notations (of the sort used in mathematics).
Oral and Written Communication
Clear thinking and clear communication go hand in hand. This class will give you a powerful set of tools for clear thinking. We’ll practice using them in both oral and written communication.
· You will practice writing proofs, both in the formal language of logic and in the less formal (but no less clear) language typically used in mathematics.
· In the weekly discussion sections, you will be called upon to present your proofs in class. You will need to be able to answer questions from the rest of the class and to defend your arguments.