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Misconception: Students mistakenly believe that logic can be easily compared to spoken language.

  • Comparing English to logic is really problematic.
  • For example: When teaching logic, students will ask how to implement the English convention “and/or”, which is just OR.
    • When students want to do A and/or B, what they mean in logic is just A OR B.
      • This results from conflating English with logic.
        • Students really struggle to think about this topic outside of frameworks they’ve already experienced.
      • Patiently pointing out the importance of not thinking about English syntax when learning and creating logic is really important. Point this out to students to help them avoid this pitfall.
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