When teaching about logical operations, give examples that use real-life situations or events.

  • Be sure to explain that logical OR is defined differently than the way or is used in English.
  • Use everyday, simple descriptions to help explain how logical operations work.
    • For example, suppose you have a personal rule that if it’s sunny outside AND you don’t have class, then you go to beach. Explore when you do, and do not, get to go to the beach according to this rule.
    • Explore what happens when the rule is changed to use OR instead of AND.
    • Explore what happens when negation (NOT) is added to one or both clauses.
    • Explore ways to rephrase the expression, and yet produce the same results—an introduction to the often-misapplied DeMorgan’s Laws.

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Interview with Norm Jacobson