Questions and Answers
What is a conjecture?
What is inductive reasoning?
Examining several specific situations to arrive at a conjecture.
The opposite sides of a geometric figure are __________ if the midpoint is given.
congruent
What is a counterexample?
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A statement is either true or false but not both.
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What does the truth value represent?
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What is a conjunction?
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A disjunction is true when at least one of the statements is false.
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Match the terms with their definitions.
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What is the law of syllogism?
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What is a biconditional statement?
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The equation for a conjecture for right angles is __________.
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What is the purpose of a two-column proof?
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Study Notes
Vocabulary and Definitions
- Conjecture: An educated guess based on known information, similar to a hypothesis.
- Inductive Reasoning: Involves examining specific cases to formulate a conjecture or pattern.
- Counterexample: A false example used to disprove a conjecture, demonstrating its inaccuracy.
- Statement: A sentence that can be exclusively true or false; examples include P or Q.
- Truth Value: Indicates whether a statement is true (T) or false (F).
- Negation: The opposite meaning and truth value of a statement, represented as p = not p.
- Compound Statement: Formed by joining two or more statements.
- Conjunction: A compound statement that combines statements with "and," denoted as P ^ Q, true only if all statements are true.
- Disjunction: Connects statements with "or," represented as P v Q, true if at least one statement is true.
Logic and Relationships
- Venn Diagrams: Visually represent conjunctions (intersection) and disjunctions (union).
- Conditional Statement: Structured as "if p, then q," where p is the hypothesis and q is the conclusion.
- Converse: Formed by reversing the hypothesis and conclusion of a conditional statement.
- Inverse: Retains the order of hypothesis and conclusion but negates both.
- Contrapositive: Switches and negates hypothesis and conclusion, logically equivalent to the original conditional.
Reasoning Techniques
- Deductive Reasoning: Relies on established facts and definitions to draw logical conclusions; useful for proofs.
- Law of Detachment: Derives conclusions from a true conditional statement, ensuring sufficient information is available.
- Law of Syllogism: Connects multiple "if" statements to derive conclusions, eliminating repeated middle parts.
- Two-Column Proof: A structured format that organizes statements and reasons into two columns, facilitating formal proofs.
Theorems and Properties
- Supplement Theorem: States that angles forming a linear pair are supplementary.
- Complement Theorem: Asserts that adjacent angles whose noncommon sides form a right angle are complementary.
- Postulate/Axiom: Statements accepted as true without proof.
Special Cases and Examples
- Right Angles Conjecture: This conjecture states that in a right triangle, (AB)² + (BC)² = (AC)², linking the lengths of the triangle's sides.
- Filling Truth Tables: Use patterns to fill rows for statements, ensuring combinations of true and false values are represented appropriately. Negative letters require opposite truth values.
Practical Application
- Counterexample Presentation: Can be illustrated through diagrams or descriptive explanations.
- Conclusion Writing: Involves summarizing inferences drawn from given logical statements, excluding conjunction or disjunction terms.
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