Aiding an Introduction to Formal Reasoning Within a First-Year Logic Course for CS Majors Using a Mobile Self-Study App
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In this paper, we share our experiences concerning the introduction of the Android-based self-study app AXolotl within the first-semester logic course offered at our university. This course is mandatory for students majoring in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. AXolotl was used as part of an optional lab assignment bridging clausal reasoning and SAT solving with classical reasoning,proof construction, and first-order logic. The app provides an intuitive interface for proof construction in various logical calculi and aids the students through rule application. The goal of the lab assignment was to help students make a smoother transition from clausal and decompositional reasoning used earlier in the course to inferential and contextual reasoning required for proof construction and first-order logic. We observed that the lab had a positive influence on students'understanding and end the paper with a discussion of these results.