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Elements of propositional logic

Simple sentences which are true or false are basic propositions. Larger and more complex sentences are constructed from basic propositions by combining them with connectives. Thus propositions and connectives are the basic elements of propositional logic. Though there are many connectives, we are going to use the following five basic connectives here:

NOT, AND, OR, IF_THEN (or IMPLY), IF_AND_ONLY_IF.

They are also denoted by the symbols: ¬, ⋀,⋁,→,↔ ,

respectively.

Truth table

Often we want to discuss properties/relations common to all propositions. In such a case rather than stating them for each individual proposition we use variables representing an arbitrary proposition and state properties/relations in terms of those variables. Those variables are called a propositional variable. Propositional variables are also considered a proposition and called a proposition since they represent a proposition hence they behave the same way as propositions. A proposition in general contains a number of variables. For example (P ⋁Q) contains variables P and Q each of which represents an arbitrary proposition. Thus a proposition takes different values depending on the values of the constituent variables. This relationship of the value of a proposition and those of its constituent variables can be represented by a table. It tabulates the value of a proposition for all possible values of its variables and it is called a truth table.

For example the following table shows the relationship between the values of P, Q and P⋁Q:

OR
P Q (P ⋁Q)
F F F
F T T
T F T
T T T
In the table, F represents truth value false and T true. This table shows that P⋁Q is false if P and Q are both false, and it is true in all the other cases.

Meaning of the connectives

Let us define the meaning of the five connectives by showing the relationship between the truth value (i.e. true or false) of composite propositions and those of their component propositions. They are going to be shown using truth table. In the tables P and Q represent arbitrary propositions, and true and false are represented by T and F, respectively.

NOT
P ¬P
T F
F T
This table shows that if P is true, then (¬P) is false, and that if P is false, then (¬P) is true.

AND
P Q (P ⋀Q)
F F F
F T F
T F F
T T T
This table shows that (P⋀Q) is true if both P and Q are true, and that it is false in any other case. Similarly for the rest of the tables.

OR
P Q (P ⋁Q)
F F F
F T T
T F T
T T T

IMPLIES
P Q (P→Q)
F F T
F T T
T F F
T T T
When P→Q is always true, we express that by P ⇒Q. That is P ⇒Q is used when proposition P always implies proposition Q regardless of the value of the variables in them.

IF AND ONLY IF
P Q ( P ↔Q )
F F T
F T F
T F F
T T T
When P ↔Q is always true, we express that by P ⇔Q. That is ⇔is used when two propositions always take the same value regardless of the value of the variables in them.

Construction of complex propositions

First it is informally shown how complex propositions are constructed from simple ones. Then more general way of constructing propositions is given.

Questions & Answers

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nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
Ali
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There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
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Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
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please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
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industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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scanning tunneling microscope
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Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
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what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
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nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
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Adin Reply
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yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
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why?
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biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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Source:  OpenStax, Discrete structures. OpenStax CNX. Jan 23, 2008 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10513/1.1
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