Biconditional

Pronunciation: /ˌbaɪ kənˈdɪ ʃə nl/ Explain

The term biconditional is an equivalence relationship stating that, given statements A and B, the truth value of A is identical to the truth value of B.[1] There are four ways this relationship is commonly written:

  • A if and only if B;
  • A iff B (iff is an abbreviation of 'if and only if');
  • A B; and
  • A B.
For the purposes of middle school and high school math, these four equivalence relationships can be considered to be the same.

References

  1. Couturat, Louis. The Algebra of Logic. pp 6-7. Translated by Lydia Gillingham Robinson, B. www.archive.org. A.. Open Court Publishing. 1914. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/algebralogicbylc00coutrich#page/n25/mode/1up. Buy the book
  2. Brennan, Joseph G.. A Handbook of Logic. 2nd edition. pg 81. www.archive.org. Harper & Row. 1961. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/handbookoflogics012674mbp#page/n90/mode/1up/search/biconditional. Buy the book
  3. Cupillari, Antonella. Nuts and Bolts of Proof: An Introduction to Mathematical Proofs. 3rd edition. pg 35-44. Academic Press. August 15, 2005. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. Buy the book

More Information

  • McAdams, David E.. Conjunction. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 6/22/2018. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/c/conjunction.html.

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McAdams, David E. Biconditional. 6/19/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/b/biconditional.html.

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6/22/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup. (McAdams, David E.)
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8/20/2007: Added revision history. Removed spurious ';' (McAdams, David E.)
7/15/2007: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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