Introduction to Mathematical Logic

Course content

First order logic, languages, models and examples. Formal deduction, deduction metatheorems, soundness, completeness and compactness, and applications of compactness. Basic axiomatic set theory, ordinals and cardinals. Towards the end of the course, other topics such as recursion theory, computable functions on the natural numbers, Turing machines, recursively enumerable sets, and arithmetization of first order syntax may be discussed.


MSc Programme in Mathematics

Learning outcome

Knowledge: By the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to explain the concepts of: a first order language; of a model of a first order language; of formal deduction; of a computable relation and function; arithmetization of first order syntax; the axioms of Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory; ordinals and cardinals.

Skills: By the end of the course, the student must be able to define the satisfacation relation, account for the axioms of the deductive system. The student must be able to prove the key theorems of the course, such as the deduction theorem, the soundness theorem, completeness theorem, and the compactness theorem.

Competences: Use of first order languages and structures in mathematics, the formalization of proofs, proof methods based on the compactness. Use ordinal analysis and transfinite recursion.

4 hours lecture and 3 hours tutorials per week for 7 weeks.

Example of course litterature:

H. Enderton: A Mathematical Introduction to Logic

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 72 hours
Written take-home assignment 3 days (9am Monday to 9am Thursday in week 8 of the block.)
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment

The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Theory exercises
  • 21
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Exam
  • 21
  • English
  • 206