Logic and discrete mathematics in the schools. (English)

Rosenstein, Joseph G. et al., Discrete mathematics in the schools. American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI (ISBN 0-8218-0448-0). 75-83 (1997).

This article argues logical reasoning should be a component of the discrete mathematics that is discussed at all grade levels. Students should not have to wait until they are college students to explore the reasoning involved in “and”, “or”, and “if-then” statements, or to understand how quantifiers are used. This need not be done formally (e.g., through truth tables) but through concrete activities which ultimately will support the students’ transition to abstract mathematical thinking. The author illustrates the value of explicit discussion of logic with experiences from a discrete mathematics course she has taught at DePaul University.