Tutorial introduction to ACL2

To learn about ACL2, read at least the following two links.

Industrial Applications of ACL2 (10 minutes) to help you understand what sophisticated users can do; A Flying Tour (10 minutes) to get an overview of the system and what skills the user must have.

Alternatively, or in addition, there are talks that you can peruse, many of them introductory in nature.

If you want to learn *how to use* ACL2, we recommend that you read a
selection of the materials referenced below, depending on your learning style,
and do suggested exercises.

A Walking Tour (1 hour) provides an overview of the theorem prover. - The Try ACL2 web site provides interactive lessons to get you started using ACL2.
- See introduction-to-the-theorem-prover (10-40 hours) for
instruction on how to interact with the system. Unlike the three documents
above, this document expects you to
*think*! It cites the necessary background pages on programming in ACL2 and on the logic and then instructs you in the-method, which is how expert users use ACL2. It concludes with some challenge problems for the ACL2 beginner (including solutions) and an FAQ. Most users will spend several hours a day for several days working through this material. - The book Computer-Aided Reasoning: An Approach is worth a careful read, as you work exercises and learn the-method.
Annotated ACL2 Scripts and Demos contains relatively elementary proof scripts that have been annotated to help train the newcomer. - Many files (``books'') in the ACL2 community books (see community-books) are extensively annotated.
- An
Alternative Introduction document, while largely subsumed by the Introduction to the Theorem Prover mentioned above, still might be useful because it covers much of the tutorial material in a different way.

At this point you are probably ready to use ACL2 on your own *small*
projects. A common mistake for beginners is to browse the documentation and
then try to do something that is too big! Think of a very small project and
then simplify it!

Note that ACL2 has a very supportive user network. See the link to ``Mailing Lists'' on the ACL2 home page.

The topics listed below are a hodge podge, developed over time. Although some of these are not mentioned above, you might find some to be useful as well.

- Introduction-to-the-theorem-prover
- How the theorem prover works — level 0
- Pages Written Especially for the Tours
- Pages Written Especially for the Tours
- Advanced-features
- Some advanced features of ACL2
- The-method
- How to find proofs
- Interesting-applications
- Some industrial examples of ACL2 use
- Tips
- Some hints for using the ACL2 prover
- Alternative-introduction
- Introduction to ACL2
- Tidbits
- Some basic hints for using ACL2
- Annotated-ACL2-scripts
- Examples of ACL2 scripts
- Startup
- How to start using ACL2; the ACL2 command loop
- ACL2-as-standalone-program
- Calling ACL2 from another program
- Talks
- Some talks about ACL2
- Nqthm-to-ACL2
- ACL2 analogues of Nqthm functions and commands
- ACL2-sedan
- ACL2 Sedan interface
- Emacs
- Emacs support for ACL2