Thursday, January 31, 2019

I just put up a new and hopefully clearer version of the 2nd lecture of Module 1.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

All tests taken today have been returned.

We will meet this Friday, but no attendance will be taken. Come if you want to take a test or you need some help.

Next week we will start with peer tutoring. Here is some information about that:

  • To be a peer tutor on any given date, you must have passed the corresponding module test indicated in the progress tracker.  
  • To be a peer tutor you must make yourself available for the first 30 minutes of class. This means that if you want to take a test on that day as well, you will need to do so during the last 20 minutes of the period rather than the regular 30. 
  • Normally there will be no more than 4 or 5 peer tutors per day. People who have tutored on the preceding class meeting will be asked to let those who have not go first.

Also, tutoring outside of class with Kris McCandless starts next week. This occurs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is entirely optional. You will not be able to take a module test with Kris unless you are behind the cut-off date for that module.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Tests taken today have been returned.

The Google Folder sign-up sheet has been replaced by a Tutoring sign-up sheet. Tutoring is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Kris McCandless on the dates indicated. Be sure you sign-up, and if you sign-up make sure you show up. Tutoring sessions will not occur when nobody has signed up for them, and you will no longer be permitted to sign-up if you miss a tutoring session that you have signed up for.

Remember that the only way you receive tests back in this class is online in your Google Folder. If you have not yet signed up for one, you may do so by sending me an email at In the subject heading write PHIL 60 Folder sign-up. In the body of the paper write your full name and your gmail (even if it is the same address that you are sending from.) Remember, this must be an @gmail account or one you have registered with Google or it will not work.

Reminders: We will meet Wednesday and Friday of this week.  We will not normally meet on Fridays, but we will for a few in order to provide some extra testing opportunities. You get neither attendance credit for attending on Fridays nor do you get Peer tutoring credit.

Practice:  Symbolize the paragraph directly above.


W = We meet this Wednesday.
F = We meet this Friday
N = We normally meet on Friday
R = We meet on some Fridays
T= You get testing opportunities.
A= You get attendance credit for Friday.
P = You get peer tutoring credit for Friday.
# = an operator you need that is not defined in propositional logic.

Questions: What does # mean?  Is # truth functional?

Saturday, January 26, 2019

As of this morning, all students who have signed up for a Google Folder have been issued one. If you have not done so, please do it now! You will be able to access it through a link you receive in an email at your gmail account. After, that, however, it is best to access your folder by going directly to your Google Drive, which you can get at by clicking on the square matrix at the top right of of the gmail page. If you do not see the folder immediately, click on the Shared With Me link.

As noted in class, I will continue to lecture for the first part of the period on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Do not in any way treat these as substitutes for the online lectures. Lecturing stops completely the following week and we will meet only on occasional Fridays.

Further matters: Next week I begin taking attendance. I will never take attendance on a Friday and you will never get attendance credit for coming on a Friday. On Monday, anyone who is prepared to do so may take the Module 1 test. Remember that to take this test you must have passed the corresponding online quiz. You will sign an affidavit to this effect each time you take a Module test. Be sure that you have signed up for your folder before taking a test.  It is the only way to receive your test results.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Tomorrow we will be working on translating English sentences into propositional logic using the five common logical operators.

Please be sure to sign up for your Google folder if you have not already done so.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Welcome to Day 1 of the semester.

Please go to this link and do as instructed.

See you in class!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Hi, and welcome to the course!

This is the page where you will come to learn what's going on in class.

This is an unusual class and you should be sure you are prepared to thrive in it. Please read the following carefully.

First, this class is 'flipped', which means that all of the lecturing occurs online, and the class meeting itself is entirely devoted to doing work.  It is absolutely essential that you engage the online materials before coming to class with questions.  Otherwise you will be totally lost. If you are the sort of person who is unable or unwilling to learn by engaging online videos, this is definitely not the class for you.

Let me put this a different way, just to err on the side of clarity. If your idea of a class is one in which you come having done little or nothing and park your butt in a seat and listen to your teacher drone on about stuff you couldn't care less about, this is not one of those classes. The only way you learn anything in class is by coming and working. I absolutely love helping students to learn the material, but I have to see evidence of struggle. The minimum level of evidence for this is that you come to class with questions about the lecture and reading.

Second, this class is (conditionally) self-paced. This means that you must be self-motivated or you will not succeed. The course requires you to pass each test at a certain level before you are allowed to proceed to the next one.

If this sounds good to you, then welcome (again) to the class. It's a fair amount of work, but I think you will enjoy it and in the end you will know you have really learned something. Read the syllabus before class on Wednesday. Come with questions.

Note: Although this is scheduled as a MWF course, we will typically only be meeting on MW. Friday is designated for you to continue your online studies. We will meet on the first two Friday's however.