Lesson Focus

Boolean logic is essential to understanding computer architecture. It is also useful in program construction and Artificial Intelligence. This lesson is a gentle introduction to formal logic using Boolean notation, and Circuits. Students learn the basic rules by playing the role of logic gates in a half adder and full adder. Free logic gate construction software available online can be incorporated optionally.


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Age Levels:

8 – 13

Objectives

Introduce students to:

  • Simple Boolean expressions, AND, OR, NOT.
  • Adders and Full Adders.
  • Binary Arithmetic.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Construct simple circuits on paper, and use simulators.
  • Develop a circuit diagram from a Boolean expression.
  • Develop a truth table for a circuit diagram.
  • Demonstrate how an adder and full adder work.

Lesson Activities

Boolean logic is essential to understanding computer architecture. It is also useful in program construction and Artificial Intelligence. This lesson is a gentle introduction to formal logic using Boolean notation, and Circuits. Students learn the basic rules by playing the role of logic gates in a half adder and full adder. Free logic gate construction software available online can be incorporated optionally.

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.