In the Spring of 2009, I began writing Symbolic Logic: Syntax, Semantics, and Proof. The first edition took the form of lecture notes and handouts that I distributed in the summer of 2009, a course packet in the fall of 2009, and finally I used it as a textbook in the Summer 2010, Fall 2010, and Spring 2011 semesters.

The development of the textbook benefited greatly from the feedback I received from instructors and students at Penn State: Deniz Durmus (Spring 2011); Mark Fisher (Spring 2011); Cameron O'Mara (Summer 2011); Ryan Pollock (Fall 2011), Christopher Allaman, Ashley Brooks, Aurora Cooper, Maureen Dunn, Elliannies Duran, Ariel Endresen, Nayib Felix, Joy Garcia, Alex Kirk, Edward Lackner, Brooke Santkiewicz, Ariel Valdez, Isaac Bishop, Kristin Nuss, Karintha Parker, Sarah Mack, Amanda Wise, Meghan Barnett, Alexander McCormack, and Kevin Bogle.

The textbook is in its 2nd printing. The erratum (list of corrections from the first printing) can be found here: Errata for Symbolic Logic: Syntax, Semantics, and Proof.

I warmly welcome any constructive feedback you may have about the book. I'm always looking for new ways to make logic easier to learn!

- Spring 2018 Syllabus
- H0: Getting to Know You
- H1: Elements of Logic
- H2: PL: Symbols, Syntax, Semantics, Translation
- H3: PL: Truth Tables
- H4: PL: Truth Trees
- H5: PL: Derivations
- H6: RL: Symbols, Syntax, Semantics, Translation
- H7: RL: Truth Trees
- H8: RL: Derivations

H2s1: Markdown for Symbolic Logic

H2s2: Markdown and Symbolic Logic Contest Details

H3: Conditionals and the LSAT

H4s: Five Tips For Truth Trees

H4e: Four Theories of Truth

H5s: Three Common Mistakes on Quiz #5

H7s: Quick Tips for Lesson 7

H8s: Further Explanation on the use of Existential Elimination (EE)

H9: RL: Variable Assignments, Identity, Functions, Definite Descriptions

S9: RL: Variable Assignments (Slides)

PL: Symbols

PL: Syntax, Part 1 (well-formed formulas)

PL: Syntax, Part 2 (subformulas and scope)

PL: Syntax, Part 3 (five wffs, literal negation, conventions)

PL: Semantics, Part 1 (Interpretations and valuations)

PL: Semantics, Part 2 (valuations rules)

PL: Translation, Part 1 (atomic and negated wffs)

PL: Translation, Part 2 (conjunctions)

PL: Translation, Part 3 (disjunctions)

PL: Translation, Part 4 (conditionals)

PL: Translation, Part 5 (biconditionals)

PL: Translation, Part 6 (complex translations)

PL: Truth Trees, Part 1 (Introduction and Setup)

PL: Truth Trees, Part 2 (Decomposition Rules)

PL: Truth Trees, Part 3 (Tree Terminology)

PL: Truth Trees, Part 4 (Recovering an Interpretation)

PL: Truth Trees, Part 6 (Contradiction, Tautology, Contingency)

PL: Truth Trees, Part 7 (Equivalence)

PL: Truth Trees, Part 8 (Validity)

PL: Tips for Trees

PL, Derivations: Syntactic entailment and proof

PL, Derivations: How to set up a proof

PL, Derivations: Conjunction introduction

PL, Derivations: Conjunction elimination

PL, Derivations: Conditional elimination

PL, Derivations: Conditional introduction

PL, Derivations: Disjunction introduction

PL, Derivations: Negation introduction and negation elimination

PL, Derivations: Disjunctive Syllogism

PL, 5 Tips for Proofs

RL: Symbols

RL: Basic Syntax

RL: Semantics (Models)

RL: Valuation of Unquantified Formulas

RL: Valuations, Part 2 (Quantified Wffs)

RL: Basic Translation

RL: Semantics with Variable Assignments (Part 1)

RL: Semantics with Variable Assignments (Part 2)

RL Trees: Introduction

RL Trees: Negated decomposition

RL Trees: Completed open branch

RL Trees: Recovering a model from a completed open branch

RL, Proofs: Introduction

RL, Proofs: Universlal Elimination

RL, Proofs: Existential Introduction

RL, Proofs: Universal Introduction

RL, Proofs: Existential Elimination

RL, Proofs (Practice), Part 1

RL, Proofs (Practice), Part 2