What does this mean? Whats the difference between IFF and IF?

In summary, IFF (if and only if) is a logical statement that means both A and B have the same truth value. This is expressed as A <-> B. On the other hand, IF statements only mean that if A is true, then B is true, but not necessarily the other way around. This is expressed as A -> B. When doing a proof of an IFF statement, it is important to break it down into two separate proofs for each direction.
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What does this mean? Whats the difference between IFF and IF?
 
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BloodyFrozen said:
What does this mean? Whats the difference between IFF and IF?
Logical implication A -> B can be expressed as if A then B.

A -> B and B -> A can be expressed as iff A then B.
 
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mathman said:
Logical implication A -> B can be expressed as if A then B.

A -> B and B -> A can be expressed as iff A then B.

Oh, I see now.

A<->B is iff

and A->B is if
 
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BloodyFrozen said:
Oh, I see now.

A<->B is iff

and A->B is if

Another way to think about it is that [itex]A \Leftrightarrow B[/itex] means that [itex]A[/itex] and [itex]B[/itex] have the same truth value. Either both are true or both are false.

If you are asked to do a proof of an IFF statement, you should break it down into two proofs: one of [itex]A \Rightarrow B[/itex] and the other of [itex]B \Rightarrow A[/itex]. Typically one direction will be easier than the other.
 

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This question is often asked when someone comes across a complex scientific concept or unfamiliar terminology. The answer will vary depending on the specific context, but in general, it means seeking clarification or explanation for something that is not clearly understood.

What's the difference between IFF and IF?

IFF (If and only if) and IF (If) are both logical operators used in mathematics and computer science. The main difference is that IFF requires both statements to be true for the compound statement to be true, while IF only requires one statement to be true for the compound statement to be true.

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