The purpose of this paper is to provide issues related to student understanding of logical components that arise when solving word problems. We designed a logic problem called the King and Prisoner Puzzle - a linguistically simple, yet logically challenging problem. In this paper, we describe various student solutions to the puzzle and discuss the issues with students’ logic. In particular, it is thought-provoking that invalid arguments in students’ solutions to the puzzle are based on a lack of precise understanding of some basic logical components. This emphasizes the necessity of additional teaching to form mutual understanding of the meaning of the logical components.
- conditional and its converse
- logical component
- meaning of “a” in “there is a … ”
- negation of a statement
- Teaching and learning of logic
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