the Monty Hall problem

I don’t include the Monty Hall problem in my course, but I have found that a student or someone who knows that I’m teaching inductive logic will sometimes ask about it. That happened recently, and, in the process of explaining the solution, we discussed a couple of ways of explaining the solution that I haven’t seen […]

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making probabilistic predictions

Fivethirtyeight.com has an online prediction game for the 2017 NFL season: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/nfl-predictions-game/ . Participants make a for each game (e.g., Cincinnati has a 59 percent chance of winning against Indianapolis), and after the game has been played, the prediction is scored using Brier scores that are adapted to a -75 to +25 scale. (So that 59 […]

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concept maps

In The A Game, Sufka explains that concept maps are one good way for students to organize the material that they need to learn and going through the process of making a concept map is an effective way to learn it (pp. 44 – 47—in the section “don’t study like a zombie”). We spent a […]

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a quick introduction to deductive logic

This semester I did pp. 235 – 238 in Argument & Inference right after section 1.4 (in chapter 1). This is the handout that I used in class: Appendix_A–handout. And I’m not sure if the slides for appendix A got included with the instructor materials for the textbook, so they’re here: Arg-and-Infer–Appendix_A.

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Chapter 1

The first few weeks of this semester (F17), I didn’t give my logic students any homework assignments or quizzes to take on their own outside of class (they just had the reading to do), and that turned out to be a mistake. To catch up a bit, I made this worksheet: ch 1 worksheet, emailed […]

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a course schedule for Argument & Inference

Here is the schedule I’m using this fall (2017) for my Intro to Logic course (with Argument & Inference as the primary text): Logic – F17 – schedule. In addition to Arg & Infer, I’m also using The A Game: Nine Steps to Better Grades (written by my friend Ken Sufka), and so that’s on the […]

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