Geometry-Conditional statementsdoes anyone have a simple explanation for conditional statements?

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ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would have to say, in my opinion, there are no simple explanations for anything in Geometry. However a conditional statement is an "if-then" statement. "If" being the hypothesis and "then" being the conclusion.

neela | Student

The conditional statement is a logical statement. The format of the statement is : If A, then B. This is written like A --> B in mathematical logic.The truth value table for this is : 

A       B        A-->B.

T        T            T

T        F            F

F         T           T

F         F           T

We apply can apply this to the geometry:

Let a and b be the sides of a right angled triangle  and c be the hypotenuse.

Then we make a conditional statement  as below and try check its truth value . You have to read the truth value along with the heading carefully. If you just glance the table you may not appreciate the logic of the conditional statement.

"If a^2+b^2 = c^2 , then the triangle formed by the sides a,b and c  is a right angled triangle" - is a conditional statement.

Now look the truth value statement for this:

A is "If a^2 +b^2 = c^2,''   B is "triangle formed is right angled''  A --> B

 T                                                            T                               T

T                                                             F                               F

F                                                             T                               T

F                                                             T                               T

epollock | Student

A conditional statement is similar to an if then statement in which A statement whose basic form is If p, then q.  The statement p in this case is the hypothesis and the statement q in this case is the conclusion. Variations to this exist in the form of inverses and other such corollaries.