PHL111 Valid Reasoning, Past Assignments




Past Assignments
August 27
Read chapter 1 of A Concise Introduction to Logic. Answer the four questions on Angel. To do this, log into your Angel account, select PHL111 from your courses, and click on the tab for Learning Modules. You'll see the "Chapter 1 questions" link there. Answer the questions before class.

While in Angel, and after selecting PHL111, click on the "Communicate" link to the left, or the "Communicate" tab above. You'll see a page where there is a block you can click to register your Clicker.

FYI, here are the two card examples. See if you agree that their structure is the same. Why do most people find the second easier, and the first harder?

September 3
Read chapter 2 of A Concise Introduction to Logic. Before class starts, answer the four questions on Angel.

To answer the questions in Angel, log into your Angel account, select PHL111 from your courses, and click on the tab for Learning Modules. You'll see the "Chapter 2 questions" link there. Answer the questions before class.

You are not expected to answer the questions in the reading! Soon I'll post a homework for Friday, and that will have questions from the reading.

While in Angel, and after selecting PHL111, click on the "Communicate" link to the left, or the "Communicate" tab above. You'll see a page where there is a block you can click to register your Clicker.

Some have asked about past reading assignments. Reading questions become available when the homework is assigned, and become unavailable 10 minutes before the class they are due.

September 5
Homework 1: please do problems 4 and 5 of chapter 2 in the textbook. These are translations, to practice moving from English to our logical language. Hand them in at the beginning of class on Friday.

A few people asked me about translation keys. We've done examples in class, and there is one in the book, but here's the idea. By "translation key" we mean a translation from English to our logical language. Suppose we wanted to translate the sentence:
If Spongebob lives in Bikini Bottom, then Spongebob pays no property taxes.
You might have a key that includes the following:
Propositional Logic .............. English
P:            Spongebob lives in Bikini Bottom
Q:            Spongebob pays no property taxes
And then if you translated the sentence you would have:
(P --> Q)
Someone would be able to use your key to determine how to translate your logical sentence back into an English sentence.

So, for this homework, for the problem where you have to supply your own key, you'll write one answer key, which will have a column of atomic English sentences, and beside it a column of atomic logic sentences (P, Q, R....).

Reading: Read chapter 3 of A Concise Introduction to Logic. Before class starts, answer the questions on Angel.

To answer the questions in Angel, log into your Angel account, select PHL111 from your courses, and click on the tab for Learning Modules. You'll see the "Chapter 2 questions" link there. Answer the questions before class.

September 10
Read chapter 4 of A Concise Introduction to Logic. Before class starts, answer the questions on Angel.

September 12
Homework 2: Please do problems 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, and 2c from chapter 3 of the textbook and do problem 1 from chapter 4 of the textbook. Hand them in at the beginning of class on Friday.

If you want to see a different view of arguments, check into the argument clinic.

September 15
Read chapter 5 of the text. Answer the questions on Angel.

September 19
I was asked about a way to post the rules in one place. A preliminary version of chapter 13 is now online (it's preliminary because the truth tables are in a form not quite like we usually draw them). It has a summary of the entire language. There is stuff there we've not studied yet, but it still might be a handy reference.

Quiz #1. The first half of the quiz you will complete by yourself. You will have 25 minutes. We will stop abruptly at 25 minutes. The second half of the quiz you will complete with the other people sitting in your row. You will have 30 minutes.

Counting from the front of the room (the row closest to the board is 1) to the back (the row farthest from the board is 12), the seating assignments are:
Ardila Sebastian 1
Clegg Erin 1
Desiderio Matthew 1
Fioramonti Eileen 1
Hook Stephen 1
Jean Dimitri 1
Williams Christina 1


Bartlett Maclain 2
Bullard Derek 2
Davis Akeem 2
Fentzke Joseph 2
Hussain Zeshan 2
Rogers Miller Seth 2
Tantillo Sienna 2


Jacobbi Kaitlin 3
Muncy Brianna 3
Peffer Kyan 3
Piskutz Thaddeus 3
Schwinger Alyssa 3
Tinker Kaleigh 3


Boutelle Howard 4
Corrao Alexandra 4
Denise Dallas 4
Lara Jesus 4
Lyding Dana 4
Moriarty Devin 4
Sandford Lauren 4


Beshures Chelsea 5
Haran John 5
Montalbano Dean 5
Nasta Alexis 5
Niebling Jennifer 5
Sharrow Jenna 5
Stilson Samantha 5


Andreula Angelo 6
Bogaski Shannon 6
Burgess Kyle 6
Jansing Alexander 6
Laws Scot 6
Ong Samantha 6
Romeo Jacqueline 6


Ardila Dylan 7
Chung Angelique 7
Gavigan Jason 7
Knauer Quinn 7
Kuznetsova Viktoriya 7
Mulero Tiffany 7
Yu Cynthia 7


Ladd Brandon 8
Lenihan Shane 8
McGlynn John 8
Moran Allison 8
Reilly Lucas 8
Towne Kaela 8
Wilson Colin 8


Collard Joel 9
Mccormick David 9
Mill Christina 9
Milton Camille 9
Pittari Nicholas 9
Vatore Kaylee 9
Viniski Miles 9


Barcus Morgan 10
Belgrave Jarrod 10
Bockhahn Jennifer 10
Hiatt Ashley 10
Kossmann John 10
Mcquade Rachel 10
Peralta Mia 10


Bulriss Miranda 11
Bush Madison 11
Caswell Robert 11
Chirico Paul 11
Goh Lillian 11
Odell Austin 11


Bamgbelu Kolawole 12
Baptiste James 12
Everly Alyssa 12
Kiggins Megan 12
Labonte Melissa 12
Wood Destiny 12

Here is the seating list alphabetical:
Andreula Angelo 6
Ardila Sebastian 1
Ardila Dylan 7
Bamgbelu Kolawole 12
Baptiste James 12
Barcus Morgan 10
Bartlett Maclain 2
Belgrave Jarrod 10
Beshures Chelsea 5
Bockhahn Jennifer 10
Bogaski Shannon 6
Boutelle Howard 4
Bullard Derek 2
Bulriss Miranda 11
Burgess Kyle 6
Bush Madison 11
Caswell Robert 11
Chirico Paul 11
Chung Angelique 7
Clegg Erin 1
Collard Joel 9
Corrao Alexandra 4
Davis Akeem 2
Denise Dallas 4
Desiderio Matthew 1
Everly Alyssa 12
Fentzke Joseph 2
Fioramonti Eileen 1
Gavigan Jason 7
Goh Lillian 11
Haran John 5
Hiatt Ashley 10
Hook Stephen 1
Hussain Zeshan 2
Jacobbi Kaitlin 3
Jansing Alexander 6
Jean Dimitri 1
Kiggins Megan 12
Knauer Quinn 7
Kossmann John 10
Kuznetsova Viktoriya 7
Labonte Melissa 12
Ladd Brandon 8
Lara Jesus 4
Laws Scot 6
Lenihan Shane 8
Lyding Dana 4
Mccormick David 9
McGlynn John 8
Mcquade Rachel 10
Mill Christina 9
Milton Camille 9
Montalbano Dean 5
Moran Allison 8
Moriarty Devin 4
Mulero Tiffany 7
Muncy Brianna 3
Nasta Alexis 5
Niebling Jennifer 5
Odell Austin 11
Ong Samantha 6
Peffer Kyan 3
Peralta Mia 10
Piskutz Thaddeus 3
Pittari Nicholas 9
Reilly Lucas 8
Rogers Miller Seth 2
Romeo Jacqueline 6
Sandford Lauren 4
Schwinger Alyssa 3
Sharrow Jenna 5
Stilson Samantha 5
Tantillo Sienna 2
Tinker Kaleigh 3
Towne Kaela 8
Vatore Kaylee 9
Viniski Miles 9
Williams Christina 1
Wilson Colin 8
Wood Destiny 12
Yu Cynthia 7


September 22
Read chapter 6 before class. There are a few questions on Angel about the chapter, and about the quiz. The quiz grades should be available in your Angel account.

September 24
Today only, my office hours are 1-2 p.m. Sorry, but I have a meetings 2-5 and could not fix the conflict.

Read chapter 7. There won't be any questions about this chapter online, though I will ask you questions about it in the next set of reading questions.

Please note: before now, I've only counted clicker questions for effort (you got credit no matter what your answer). From here on, since we have done so well on our first quiz, and have made a lot of progress, I'll count the clicker questions for their correctness when there is a correct answer.

October 1
Homework 3: Do problems 1, 2, 3, and 4 from chapter 7 of the textbook. (The questions are at the end of the chapter! You may need to look at the lastest version of the chapter.) Note that problems 3 and 4 have three parts. Some of these problem are more challenging than you have seen so far.

October 3
Read chapter 8 of A Concise Introduction to Logic. Answer the problems on Angel.

October 10
Homework 4:I'll be out of town. Complete the following assignment, during class, working with your group. (Print it and bring it to class.)

Between 10:10 and 11:00 a.m. you can hand in 1 copy of the homework for your team, in the philosophy department office. Drop one and only one completed copy for your group. The philosophy department is MCC 212.

Look below to find which group is yours. Meet in your row, to make things easy.

October 13
Quiz 2. The structure will be the same, and the groups will be the same, as for quiz 1. (More than 90% of you requested the same structure. We may change groups for the later quizes.) Material will include: semantics, syntax, and inferences rules for negation, conditional, conjunction, disjunctions; definition of valid argument, sound argument, tautology, theorem; direct proofs and conditional proofs; translations using all our connectives.

The first half of the quiz you will complete by yourself. You will have 20 minutes. We will stop abruptly at 20 minutes. The second half of the quiz you will complete with the other people sitting in your row. You will have 35 minutes.

Counting from the front of the room (the row closest to the board is 1) to the back (the row farthest from the board is 12), the seating assignments are:
Ardila Sebastian 1
Clegg Erin 1
Desiderio Matthew 1
Fioramonti Eileen 1
Hook Stephen 1
Jean Dimitri 1
Williams Christina 1


Bartlett Maclain 2
Bullard Derek 2
Davis Akeem 2
Fentzke Joseph 2
Hussain Zeshan 2
Rogers Miller Seth 2
Tantillo Sienna 2


Jacobbi Kaitlin 3
Muncy Brianna 3
Peffer Kyan 3
Piskutz Thaddeus 3
Schwinger Alyssa 3
Tinker Kaleigh 3


Boutelle Howard 4
Corrao Alexandra 4
Denise Dallas 4
Lara Jesus 4
Lyding Dana 4
Moriarty Devin 4
Sandford Lauren 4


Beshures Chelsea 5
Haran John 5
Montalbano Dean 5
Nasta Alexis 5
Niebling Jennifer 5
Sharrow Jenna 5
Stilson Samantha 5


Andreula Angelo 6
Bogaski Shannon 6
Burgess Kyle 6
Jansing Alexander 6
Laws Scot 6
Ong Samantha 6
Romeo Jacqueline 6


Ardila Dylan 7
Chung Angelique 7
Gavigan Jason 7
Knauer Quinn 7
Kuznetsova Viktoriya 7
Mulero Tiffany 7
Yu Cynthia 7


Ladd Brandon 8
Lenihan Shane 8
McGlynn John 8
Moran Allison 8
Reilly Lucas 8
Towne Kaela 8
Wilson Colin 8


Collard Joel 9
Mccormick David 9
Mill Christina 9
Milton Camille 9
Pittari Nicholas 9
Vatore Kaylee 9
Viniski Miles 9


Barcus Morgan 10
Belgrave Jarrod 10
Bockhahn Jennifer 10
Hiatt Ashley 10
Kossmann John 10
Mcquade Rachel 10
Peralta Mia 10


Bulriss Miranda 11
Bush Madison 11
Caswell Robert 11
Chirico Paul 11
Goh Lillian 11
Odell Austin 11


Bamgbelu Kolawole 12
Baptiste James 12
Everly Alyssa 12
Kiggins Megan 12
Labonte Melissa 12
Wood Destiny 12



Here is the seating list alphabetically:
Andreula Angelo 6
Ardila Sebastian 1
Ardila Dylan 7
Bamgbelu Kolawole 12
Baptiste James 12
Barcus Morgan 10
Bartlett Maclain 2
Belgrave Jarrod 10
Beshures Chelsea 5
Bockhahn Jennifer 10
Bogaski Shannon 6
Boutelle Howard 4
Bullard Derek 2
Bulriss Miranda 11
Burgess Kyle 6
Bush Madison 11
Caswell Robert 11
Chirico Paul 11
Chung Angelique 7
Clegg Erin 1
Collard Joel 9
Corrao Alexandra 4
Davis Akeem 2
Denise Dallas 4
Desiderio Matthew 1
Everly Alyssa 12
Fentzke Joseph 2
Fioramonti Eileen 1
Gavigan Jason 7
Goh Lillian 11
Haran John 5
Hiatt Ashley 10
Hook Stephen 1
Hussain Zeshan 2
Jacobbi Kaitlin 3
Jansing Alexander 6
Jean Dimitri 1
Kiggins Megan 12
Knauer Quinn 7
Kossmann John 10
Kuznetsova Viktoriya 7
Labonte Melissa 12
Ladd Brandon 8
Lara Jesus 4
Laws Scot 6
Lenihan Shane 8
Lyding Dana 4
Mccormick David 9
McGlynn John 8
Mcquade Rachel 10
Mill Christina 9
Milton Camille 9
Montalbano Dean 5
Moran Allison 8
Moriarty Devin 4
Mulero Tiffany 7
Muncy Brianna 3
Nasta Alexis 5
Niebling Jennifer 5
Odell Austin 11
Ong Samantha 6
Peffer Kyan 3
Peralta Mia 10
Piskutz Thaddeus 3
Pittari Nicholas 9
Reilly Lucas 8
Rogers Miller Seth 2
Romeo Jacqueline 6
Sandford Lauren 4
Schwinger Alyssa 3
Sharrow Jenna 5
Stilson Samantha 5
Tantillo Sienna 2
Tinker Kaleigh 3
Towne Kaela 8
Vatore Kaylee 9
Viniski Miles 9
Williams Christina 1
Wilson Colin 8
Wood Destiny 12
Yu Cynthia 7


October 15
Homework 5: due at the beginning of class. Do problems 1 and 2 (each has three parts) of chapter 8.

October 20
Read chapter 9 of the book. Answer the questions on Angel.

CHANGE TO OFFICE HOURS: today only (October 20th) I have a conflicting meeting and can't be in my usual office hours of 1:30-3:00. If you need to see me, send me an email and I can meet you at 8, 11, or 3.