Volume 3, Issue 3, 2016
A Methodology for Teaching Logic-Based Skills to Mathematics Students
Mathematics textbooks teach logical reasoning by example, a practice started by Euclid; while logic textbooks treat logic as a subject in its own right without practical application to mathematics. Stuck in the middle are students seeking mathematical proficiency and educators seeking to provide it. To assist them, the article explains in practical detail how to teach logic-based skills such as: making mathematical reasoning fully explicit; moving from step to step in a mathematical proof in logically correct ways; and checking to make sure inferences are logically correct. The methodology can easily be extended beyond the four examples analyzed.