Course detail

Mathematical Logic

FSI-SMLCompulsoryMaster's (2nd cycle)Acad. year: 2016/2017Summer semester1. year of study5  credits

In the course, the basics of propositional and predicate logics will be taught. First, the students will get acquainted with the syntax and semantics of the logics, then the logics will be studied as formal theories with an emphasis on formula proving. The classical theorems on correctness, completeness and compactness will also be dealt with. After discussing the prenex forms of formulas, some properties and models of first-order theories will be studied. We will also deal with the undecidability of first-order theories resulting from the well-known Gödel incompleteness theorems.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students will acquire the ability of understanding the principles of axiomatic mathematical theories and the ability of exact (formal) mathematical expression. They will also learn how to deduct, in a formal way, new formulas and to prove given ones. They will realize the efficiency of formal reasonong and also its limits.

Mode of delivery

90 % face-to-face, 10 % distance learning


Students are expected to have knowledge of the subjects General algebra and Methods of discrete mathematics taught in the bachelor's study programme.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

E.Mendelson, Introduction to Mathematical Logic, Chapman&Hall, 2001
J.Rachůnek, Logika, skriptum PřF UP Olomouc, 1986
J.Rachůnek, Logika, skriptum PřF UP Olomouc, 1986
A. Nerode, R.A. Shore, Logic for Applications, Springer-Verlag 1993
Vítězslav Švejnar, Logika - neúplnost,složitost a nutnost, Academia Praha, 2002
G. Metakides, A. Nerode, Principles of logic and logic programming, Elsevier, 1996

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course-unit credit is awarded on condition of active presence at exercises and passing of a written mid-term test. A written exam will be organized at the end of semester.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the basic methods of reasoning in mathematics. The students should learn about general principles of predicate logic and, consequently, acquire the ability of exact mathematical reasoning and expression. They should also get familiar with some other important formal theories utilizied in mathematics and informatics, too.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The attendance at exercises will be checked.

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to mathematical logic
2. Propositions and their truth, logic operations
3. Language, formulas and semantics of propositional calculus
4. Principle of duality, applications of propositional logic
5. Formal theory of the propositional logic
6. Provability in propositional logic, completeness theorem
7. Language of the (first-order) predicate logic, terms and formulas
8. Semantic of predicate logics
9. Axiomatic theory of the first-order predicate logic
10.Provability in predicate logic
11. Theorems on compactness and completeness, prenex normal forms
12.First-order theories and their models
13.Undecidabilitry of first-order theories, Gödel's incompleteness theorems


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Relational systems and universal algebras
1. Sets, cardinal numbers and cardinal arithmetic
2. Sentences, propositional connectives, truth tables,tautologies and contradictions
3. Independence of propositional connectives, axioms of propositional logic
4. Deduction theorem and proving formulas of propositional logic
5. Terms and formulas of predicate logics
6. Interpretation, satisfiability and truth
7. Axioms and rules of inference of predicate logic
8. Deduction theorem and proving formulas of predicate logic
9. Transforming formulas into prenex normal forms
10.First-order theories and some of their models
11.Monadic logics SkS and WSkS
12.Intuitionistic, modal and temporal logics, Presburger arithmetics