# 10ah - Discrete Mathematics Theorems and Proofs 10-2...

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Introduction Theorems and Proofs Discrete Mathematics Andrei Bulatov Discrete Mathematics – Theorems and Proofs 10-2 Previous Lecture Axioms and theorems Rules of inference for quantified statements Direct proofs Discrete Mathematics – Theorems and Proofs 10-3 Methods of Proving – Proof by Contraposition Sometimes direct proofs do not work Prove that if 3 n + 2 is even, then n is also even That is 2200 x (E( 3 x + 2 ) E( x )) Let us try the direct approach: As for the generic value n the number 3 n + 2 is even, for some k we have 3 n + 2 = 2 k . Therefore 3 n = 2( k + 1). Now what? What if instead of 2200 x (E( 3 x + 2 ) E( x )) we prove the contrapositive, 2200 x ( ¬ E( x ) → ¬ E( 3 x + 2 )) ? Definition: n is even if and only if there is k such that n = 2 k Discrete Mathematics – Theorems and Proofs 10-4 Methods of Proving – Proof by Contraposition (cntd) So assume that n is odd , that is there is k such that n = 2 k + 1 . Then

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