Metmathematics I

Math 502

Fall 2009

Course Meeting: 9:00 MWF 310 AH
Call Number: 29841
Instructor: David Marker
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A first graduate course in mathematical logic. We will introduce the fundamental themes of mathematical logic (truth, provability, and computability), discuss their interconnections and examine the power and limits of formal methods.


For this course I will not be closely following any text.
The treatment of material at the begining of the course on structures, truth and formal proofs will be similar to the treatment in Ebbinghaus-Flum-Thomas.
The treatment of computability will closely follow Cutland.

I will circulate lecture notes.


Graduate standing. No previous background in logic is assumed. As many examples will come from Algebra, Math 516 is a useful corequisite.


I will give out about 8 problem sets. You may work together on homework problems (and I encourage you to do so), but when you turn in the problem you should acknowledge that you have worked together. There will probably be a one hour final exam, possibly oral, testing basic concepts, definitions, and statements of theorems.

Lecture Notes

Problem Sets