LogicLogic in Coq

Set Warnings "-notation-overridden,-parsing,-deprecated-hint-without-locality".
From LF Require Export Tactics.
We have now seen many examples of factual claims (propositions) and ways of presenting evidence of their truth (proofs). In particular, we have worked extensively with equality propositions (e1 = e2), implications (P Q), and quantified propositions ( x, P). In this chapter, we will see how Coq can be used to carry out other familiar forms of logical reasoning.
Before diving into details, we should talk a bit about the status of mathematical statements in Coq. Recall that Coq is a typed language, which means that every sensible expression has an associated type. Logical claims are no exception: any statement we might try to prove in Coq has a type, namely Prop, the type of propositions. We can see this with the Check command:
Check (3 = 3) : Prop.

Check ( n m : nat, n + m = m + n) : Prop.
Note that all syntactically well-formed propositions have type Prop in Coq, regardless of whether they are true.
Simply being a proposition is one thing; being provable is a different thing!
Check 2 = 2 : Prop.

Check 3 = 2 : Prop.

Check n : nat, n = 2 : Prop.
Indeed, propositions not only have types: they are first-class entities that can be manipulated in all the same ways as any of the other things in Coq's world.
So far, we've seen one primary place that propositions can appear: in Theorem (and Lemma and Example) declarations.
Theorem plus_2_2_is_4 :
  2 + 2 = 4.
Proof. reflexivity. Qed.
But propositions can be used in other ways. For example, we can give a name to a proposition using a Definition, just as we give names to other kinds of expressions.
Definition plus_claim : Prop := 2 + 2 = 4.
Check plus_claim : Prop.
We can later use this name in any situation where a proposition is expected -- for example, as the claim in a Theorem declaration.
Theorem plus_claim_is_true :
Proof. reflexivity. Qed.
We can also write parameterized propositions -- that is, functions that take arguments of some type and return a proposition.
For instance, the following function takes a number and returns a proposition asserting that this number is equal to three:
Definition is_three (n : nat) : Prop :=
  n = 3.
Check is_three : nat Prop.
In Coq, functions that return propositions are said to define properties of their arguments.
For instance, here's a (polymorphic) property defining the familiar notion of an injective function.
Definition injective {A B} (f : A B) :=
   x y : A, f x = f y x = y.

Lemma succ_inj : injective S.
  intros n m H. injection H as H1. apply H1.
The equality operator = is a (binary) function that returns a Prop.
The expression n = m is syntactic sugar for eq n m (defined in Coq's standard library using the Notation mechanism). Because eq can be used with elements of any type, it is also polymorphic:
Check @eq : A : Type, A A Prop.
(Notice that we wrote @eq instead of eq: The type argument A to eq is declared as implicit, and we need to turn off the inference of this implicit argument to see the full type of eq.)

Logical Connectives


The conjunction, or logical and, of propositions A and B is written A B, representing the claim that both A and B are true.
Example and_example : 3 + 4 = 7 2 × 2 = 4.
To prove a conjunction, use the split tactic. It will generate two subgoals, one for each part of the statement:
  - (* 3 + 4 = 7 *) reflexivity.
  - (* 2 * 2 = 4 *) reflexivity.
For any propositions A and B, if we assume that A is true and that B is true, we can conclude that A B is also true.
Lemma and_intro : A B : Prop, A B A B.
  intros A B HA HB. split.
  - apply HA.
  - apply HB.
Since applying a theorem with hypotheses to some goal has the effect of generating as many subgoals as there are hypotheses for that theorem, we can apply and_intro to achieve the same effect as split.
Example and_example' : 3 + 4 = 7 2 × 2 = 4.
  apply and_intro.
  - (* 3 + 4 = 7 *) reflexivity.
  - (* 2 + 2 = 4 *) reflexivity.

Exercise: 2 stars, standard (and_exercise)

Example and_exercise :
   n m : nat, n + m = 0 n = 0 m = 0.
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.
So much for proving conjunctive statements. To go in the other direction -- i.e., to use a conjunctive hypothesis to help prove something else -- we employ the destruct tactic.
When the current proof context contains a hypothesis H of the form A B, writing destruct H as [HA HB] will remove H from the context and replace it with two new hypotheses: HA, stating that A is true, and HB, stating that B is true.
Lemma and_example2 :
   n m : nat, n = 0 m = 0 n + m = 0.
  intros n m H.
  destruct H as [Hn Hm].
  rewrite Hn. rewrite Hm.
As usual, we can also destruct H right when we introduce it, instead of introducing and then destructing it:
Lemma and_example2' :
   n m : nat, n = 0 m = 0 n + m = 0.
  intros n m [Hn Hm].
  rewrite Hn. rewrite Hm.
You may wonder why we bothered packing the two hypotheses n = 0 and m = 0 into a single conjunction, since we could have also stated the theorem with two separate premises:
Lemma and_example2'' :
   n m : nat, n = 0 m = 0 n + m = 0.
  intros n m Hn Hm.
  rewrite Hn. rewrite Hm.
For this specific theorem, both formulations are fine. But it's important to understand how to work with conjunctive hypotheses because conjunctions often arise from intermediate steps in proofs, especially in larger developments. Here's a simple example:
Lemma and_example3 :
   n m : nat, n + m = 0 n × m = 0.
  intros n m H.
  apply and_exercise in H.
  destruct H as [Hn Hm].
  rewrite Hn. reflexivity.
Another common situation with conjunctions is that we know A B but in some context we need just A or just B. In such cases we can do a destruct (possibly as part of an intros) and use an underscore pattern _ to indicate that the unneeded conjunct should just be thrown away.
Lemma proj1 : P Q : Prop,
  P Q P.
  intros P Q HPQ.
  destruct HPQ as [HP _].
  apply HP. Qed.
Finally, we sometimes need to rearrange the order of conjunctions and/or the grouping of multi-way conjunctions. The following commutativity and associativity theorems are handy in such cases.
Theorem and_commut : P Q : Prop,
  P Q Q P.
  intros P Q [HP HQ].
    - (* left *) apply HQ.
    - (* right *) apply HP. Qed.

Exercise: 2 stars, standard (and_assoc)

(In the following proof of associativity, notice how the nested intros pattern breaks the hypothesis H : P (Q R) down into HP : P, HQ : Q, and HR : R. Finish the proof from there.)
Theorem and_assoc : P Q R : Prop,
  P (Q R) (P Q) R.
  intros P Q R [HP [HQ HR]].
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.
By the way, the infix notation is actually just syntactic sugar for and A B. That is, and is a Coq operator that takes two propositions as arguments and yields a proposition.
Check and : Prop Prop Prop.


Another important connective is the disjunction, or logical or, of two propositions: A B is true when either A or B is. (This infix notation stands for or A B, where or : Prop Prop Prop.)
To use a disjunctive hypothesis in a proof, we proceed by case analysis -- which, as with other data types like nat, can be done explicitly with destruct or implicitly with an intros pattern:
Lemma factor_is_O:
   n m : nat, n = 0 m = 0 n × m = 0.
  (* This pattern implicitly does case analysis on
     n = 0 m = 0 *)

  intros n m [Hn | Hm].
  - (* Here, n = 0 *)
    rewrite Hn. reflexivity.
  - (* Here, m = 0 *)
    rewrite Hm. rewrite <- mult_n_O.
Conversely, to show that a disjunction holds, it suffices to show that one of its sides holds. This can be done via two tactics, left and right. As their names imply, the first one requires proving the left side of the disjunction, while the second requires proving its right side. Here is a trivial use...
Lemma or_intro_l : A B : Prop, A A B.
  intros A B HA.
  apply HA.
... and here is a slightly more interesting example requiring both left and right:
Lemma zero_or_succ :
   n : nat, n = 0 n = S (pred n).
  intros [|n'].
  - left. reflexivity.
  - right. reflexivity.

Exercise: 1 star, standard (mult_is_O)

Lemma mult_is_O :
   n m, n × m = 0 n = 0 m = 0.
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Exercise: 1 star, standard (or_commut)

Theorem or_commut : P Q : Prop,
  P Q Q P.
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Falsehood and Negation

So far, we have mostly been concerned with proving "positive" statements -- addition is commutative, appending lists is associative, etc. Of course, we may also be interested in negative results, demonstrating that some given proposition is not true. Such statements are expressed with the logical negation operator ¬.
To see how negation works, recall the principle of explosion from the Tactics chapter, which asserts that, if we assume a contradiction, then any other proposition can be derived.
Following this intuition, we could define ¬ P ("not P") as Q, P Q.
Coq actually makes a slightly different (but equivalent) choice, defining ¬ P as P False, where False is a specific contradictory proposition defined in the standard library.
Module NotPlayground.

Definition not (P:Prop) := P False.

Notation "~ x" := (not x) : type_scope.

Check not : Prop Prop.

End NotPlayground.
Since False is a contradictory proposition, the principle of explosion also applies to it. If we get False into the proof context, we can use destruct on it to complete any goal:
Theorem ex_falso_quodlibet : (P:Prop),
  False P.
  intros P contra.
  destruct contra. Qed.
The Latin ex falso quodlibet means, literally, "from falsehood follows whatever you like"; this is another common name for the principle of explosion.

Exercise: 2 stars, standard (not_implies_our_not)

Show that Coq's definition of negation implies the intuitive one mentioned above. Hint: while getting accustomed to Coq's definition of not, you might find it helpful to unfold not near the beginning of proofs.
Theorem not_implies_our_not : (P:Prop),
  ¬ P ( (Q:Prop), P Q).
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.
Inequality is a frequent enough form of negated statement that there is a special notation for it, x y:
      Notation "x <> y" := (~(x = y)).
We can use not to state that 0 and 1 are different elements of nat:
Theorem zero_not_one : 0 1.
The proposition 0 1 is exactly the same as ~(0 = 1) -- that is, not (0 = 1) -- which unfolds to (0 = 1) False. (We use unfold not explicitly here, to illustrate that point, but generally it can be omitted.)
  unfold not.
To prove an inequality, we may assume the opposite equality...
  intros contra.
... and deduce a contradiction from it. Here, the equality O = S O contradicts the disjointness of constructors O and S, so discriminate takes care of it.
  discriminate contra.
It takes a little practice to get used to working with negation in Coq. Even though you can see perfectly well why a statement involving negation is true, it can be a little tricky at first to make Coq understand it! Here are proofs of a few familiar facts to get you warmed up.
Theorem not_False :
  ¬ False.
  unfold not. intros H. destruct H. Qed.

Theorem contradiction_implies_anything : P Q : Prop,
  (P ¬P) Q.
  intros P Q [HP HNA]. unfold not in HNA.
  apply HNA in HP. destruct HP. Qed.

Theorem double_neg : P : Prop,
  P ~~P.
  intros P H. unfold not. intros G. apply G. apply H. Qed.

Exercise: 2 stars, standard, especially useful (contrapositive)

Theorem contrapositive : (P Q : Prop),
  (P Q) (¬Q ¬P).
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Exercise: 1 star, standard (not_both_true_and_false)

Theorem not_both_true_and_false : P : Prop,
  ¬ (P ¬P).
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Exercise: 2 stars, standard (de_morgan_not_or)

De Morgan's Laws, named for Augustus De Morgan, describe how negation interacts with conjunction and disjunction. The following law says that "the negation of a disjunction is the conjunction of the negations." There is a corresponding law de_morgan_not_and_not that we will return to at the end of this chapter.
Theorem de_morgan_not_or : (P Q : Prop),
    ¬ (P Q) ¬P ¬Q.
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.
Since inequality involves a negation, it also requires a little practice to be able to work with it fluently. Here is one useful trick:
If you are trying to prove a goal that is nonsensical (e.g., the goal state is false = true), apply ex_falso_quodlibet to change the goal to False.
This makes it easier to use assumptions of the form ¬P that may be available in the context -- in particular, assumptions of the form xy.
Theorem not_true_is_false : b : bool,
  b true b = false.
  intros b H.
  destruct b eqn:HE.
  - (* b = true *)
    unfold not in H.
    apply ex_falso_quodlibet.
    apply H. reflexivity.
  - (* b = false *)
Since reasoning with ex_falso_quodlibet is quite common, Coq provides a built-in tactic, exfalso, for applying it.
Theorem not_true_is_false' : b : bool,
  b true b = false.
  intros [] H. (* note implicit destruct b here *)
  - (* b = true *)
    unfold not in H.
    exfalso. (* <=== *)
    apply H. reflexivity.
  - (* b = false *) reflexivity.


Besides False, Coq's standard library also defines True, a proposition that is trivially true. To prove it, we use the constant I : True, which is also defined in the standard library:
Lemma True_is_true : True.
Proof. apply I. Qed.
Unlike False, which is used extensively, True is used relatively rarely, since it is trivial (and therefore uninteresting) to prove as a goal, and conversely it provides no interesting information when used as a hypothesis.
However, True can be quite useful when defining complex Props using conditionals or as a parameter to higher-order Props. We'll come back to this later.
For now, let's take a look at how we can use True and False to achieve a similar effect as the discriminate tactic, without literally using discriminate.
Pattern-matching lets us do different things for different constructors. If the result of applying two different constructors were hypothetically equal, then we could use match to convert an unprovable statement (like False) to one that is provable (like True).
Definition disc_fn (n: nat) : Prop :=
  match n with
  | OTrue
  | S _False

Theorem disc_example : n, ¬ (O = S n).
  intros n H1.
  assert (H2 : disc_fn O). { simpl. apply I. }
  rewrite H1 in H2. simpl in H2. apply H2.
To generalize this to other constructors, we simply have to provide the appropriate generalization of disc_fn. To generalize it to other conclusions, we can use exfalso to replace them with False.
The built-in discriminate tactic takes care of all this for us!

Logical Equivalence

The handy "if and only if" connective, which asserts that two propositions have the same truth value, is simply the conjunction of two implications.
Module IffPlayground.

Definition iff (P Q : Prop) := (P Q) (Q P).

Notation "P <-> Q" := (iff P Q)
                      (at level 95, no associativity)
                      : type_scope.

End IffPlayground.

Theorem iff_sym : P Q : Prop,
  (P Q) (Q P).
  intros P Q [HAB HBA].
  - (* -> *) apply HBA.
  - (* <- *) apply HAB. Qed.

Lemma not_true_iff_false : b,
  b true b = false.
  intros b. split.
  - (* -> *) apply not_true_is_false.
  - (* <- *)
    intros H. rewrite H. intros H'. discriminate H'.
The apply tactic can also be used with . We can use apply on an in either direction, without explicitly thinking about the fact that it is really an and underneath.
Lemma apply_iff_example1:
   P Q R : Prop, (P Q) (Q R) (P R).
  intros P Q R Hiff H HP. apply H. apply Hiff. apply HP.

Lemma apply_iff_example2:
   P Q R : Prop, (P Q) (P R) (Q R).
  intros P Q R Hiff H HQ. apply H. apply Hiff. apply HQ.

Exercise: 3 stars, standard (or_distributes_over_and)

Theorem or_distributes_over_and : P Q R : Prop,
  P (Q R) (P Q) (P R).
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Setoids and Logical Equivalence

Some of Coq's tactics treat iff statements specially, avoiding the need for some low-level proof-state manipulation. In particular, rewrite and reflexivity can be used with iff statements, not just equalities. To enable this behavior, we have to import the Coq library that supports it:
From Coq Require Import Setoids.Setoid.
A "setoid" is a set equipped with an equivalence relation -- that is, a relation that is reflexive, symmetric, and transitive. When two elements of a set are equivalent according to the relation, rewrite can be used to replace one element with the other. We've seen that already with the equality relation = in Coq: when x = y, we can use rewrite to replace x with y, or vice-versa.
Similarly, the logical equivalence relation is reflexive, symmetric, and transitive, so we can use it to replace one part of a proposition with another: if P Q, then we can use rewrite to replace P with Q, or vice-versa.
Here is a simple example demonstrating how these tactics work with iff. First, let's prove a couple of basic iff equivalences.
Lemma mul_eq_0 : n m, n × m = 0 n = 0 m = 0.
  - apply mult_is_O.
  - apply factor_is_O.

Theorem or_assoc :
   P Q R : Prop, P (Q R) (P Q) R.
  intros P Q R. split.
  - intros [H | [H | H]].
    + left. left. apply H.
    + left. right. apply H.
    + right. apply H.
  - intros [[H | H] | H].
    + left. apply H.
    + right. left. apply H.
    + right. right. apply H.
We can now use these facts with rewrite and reflexivity to give smooth proofs of statements involving equivalences. For example, here is a ternary version of the previous mult_0 result:
Lemma mul_eq_0_ternary :
   n m p, n × m × p = 0 n = 0 m = 0 p = 0.
  intros n m p.
  rewrite mul_eq_0. rewrite mul_eq_0. rewrite or_assoc.

Existential Quantification

Another basic logical connective is existential quantification. To say that there is some x of type T such that some property P holds of x, we write x : T, P. As with , the type annotation : T can be omitted if Coq is able to infer from the context what the type of x should be.
To prove a statement of the form x, P, we must show that P holds for some specific choice of value for x, known as the witness of the existential. This is done in two steps: First, we explicitly tell Coq which witness t we have in mind by invoking the tactic t. Then we prove that P holds after all occurrences of x are replaced by t.
Definition Even x := n : nat, x = double n.

Lemma four_is_Even : Even 4.
  unfold Even. 2. reflexivity.
Conversely, if we have an existential hypothesis x, P in the context, we can destruct it to obtain a witness x and a hypothesis stating that P holds of x.
Theorem exists_example_2 : n,
  ( m, n = 4 + m)
  ( o, n = 2 + o).
  intros n [m Hm]. (* note implicit destruct here *)
   (2 + m).
  apply Hm. Qed.

Exercise: 1 star, standard, especially useful (dist_not_exists)

Prove that "P holds for all x" implies "there is no x for which P does not hold." (Hint: destruct H as [x E] works on existential assumptions!)
Theorem dist_not_exists : (X:Type) (P : X Prop),
  ( x, P x) ¬ ( x, ¬ P x).
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Exercise: 2 stars, standard (dist_exists_or)

Prove that existential quantification distributes over disjunction.
Theorem dist_exists_or : (X:Type) (P Q : X Prop),
  ( x, P x Q x) ( x, P x) ( x, Q x).
   (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Programming with Propositions

The logical connectives that we have seen provide a rich vocabulary for defining complex propositions from simpler ones. To illustrate, let's look at how to express the claim that an element x occurs in a list l. Notice that this property has a simple recursive structure:
  • If l is the empty list, then x cannot occur in it, so the property "x appears in l" is simply false.
  • Otherwise, l has the form x' :: l'. In this case, x occurs in l if it is equal to x' or if it occurs in l'.
We can translate this directly into a straightforward recursive function taking an element and a list and returning a proposition (!):
Fixpoint In {A : Type} (x : A) (l : list A) : Prop :=
  match l with
  | []False
  | x' :: l'x' = x In x l'
When In is applied to a concrete list, it expands into a concrete sequence of nested disjunctions.
Example In_example_1 : In 4 [1; 2; 3; 4; 5].
  simpl. right. right. right. left. reflexivity.

Example In_example_2 :
   n, In n [2; 4]
   n', n = 2 × n'.
  intros n [H | [H | []]].
  - 1. rewrite <- H. reflexivity.
  - 2. rewrite <- H. reflexivity.
(Notice the use of the empty pattern to discharge the last case en passant.)
We can also prove more generic, higher-level lemmas about In.
(Note how In starts out applied to a variable and only gets expanded when we do case analysis on this variable.)
Theorem In_map :
   (A B : Type) (f : A B) (l : list A) (x : A),
         In x l
         In (f x) (map f l).
  intros A B f l x.
  induction l as [|x' l' IHl'].
  - (* l = nil, contradiction *)
    simpl. intros [].
  - (* l = x' :: l' *)
    simpl. intros [H | H].
    + rewrite H. left. reflexivity.
    + right. apply IHl'. apply H.
This way of defining propositions recursively, though convenient in some cases, also has some drawbacks. In particular, it is subject to Coq's usual restrictions regarding the definition of recursive functions, e.g., the requirement that they be "obviously terminating." In the next chapter, we will see how to define propositions inductively -- a different technique with its own set of strengths and limitations.

Exercise: 3 stars, standard (In_map_iff)

Theorem In_map_iff :
   (A B : Type) (f : A B) (l : list A) (y : B),
         In y (map f l)
          x, f x = y In x l.
  intros A B f l y. split.
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Exercise: 2 stars, standard (In_app_iff)

Theorem In_app_iff : A l l' (a:A),
  In a (l++l') In a l In a l'.
  intros A l. induction l as [|a' l' IH].
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.
Fixpoint All {T : Type} (P : T Prop) (l : list T) : Prop :=
  match l with
  | []True
  | x :: l'P x All P l'

Exercise: 2 stars, standard (All_In)

Prove the All_In lemma below. .)
Theorem All_In :
   T (P : T Prop) (l : list T),
    ( x, In x l P x)
    All P l.
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Applying Theorems to Arguments

One feature that distinguishes Coq from some other popular proof assistants (e.g., ACL2 and Isabelle) is that it treats proofs as first-class objects.
There is a great deal to be said about this, but it is not necessary to understand it all, in order to use Coq. This section gives just a taste, while a deeper exploration can be found in the optional chapters ProofObjects and IndPrinciples.
We have seen that we can use Check to ask Coq to print the type of an expression. We can also use it to ask what theorem a particular identifier refers to.
Check plus : nat nat nat.
Check add_comm : n m : nat, n + m = m + n.
Coq checks the statement of the add_comm theorem (or prints it for us, if we leave off the part beginning with the colon) in the same way that it checks the type of any term (e.g., plus) that we ask it to Check.
The reason is that the identifier add_comm actually refers to a proof object, which represents a logical derivation establishing of the truth of the statement n m : nat, n + m = m + n. The type of this object is the proposition that it is a proof of.
Intuitively, this makes sense because the statement of a theorem tells us what we can use that theorem for.
Operationally, this analogy goes even further: by applying a theorem as if it were a function, i.e., applying it to values and hypotheses with matching types, we can specialize its result without having to resort to intermediate assertions. For example, suppose we wanted to prove the following result:
Lemma add_comm3 :
   x y z, x + (y + z) = (z + y) + x.
It appears at first sight that we ought to be able to prove this by rewriting with add_comm twice to make the two sides match. The problem, however, is that the second rewrite will undo the effect of the first.
  intros x y z.
  rewrite add_comm.
  rewrite add_comm.
  (* We are back where we started... *)
We saw similar problems back in Chapter Induction, and we saw one way to work around them by using assert to derive a specialized version of add_comm that can be used to rewrite exactly where we want.
Lemma add_comm3_take2 :
   x y z, x + (y + z) = (z + y) + x.
  intros x y z.
  rewrite add_comm.
  assert (H : y + z = z + y).
    { rewrite add_comm. reflexivity. }
  rewrite H.
A more elegant alternative is to apply add_comm directly to the arguments we want to instantiate it with, in much the same way as we apply a polymorphic function to a type argument.
Lemma add_comm3_take3 :
   x y z, x + (y + z) = (z + y) + x.
  intros x y z.
  rewrite add_comm.
  rewrite (add_comm y z).
Let's see another example of using a theorem like a function.
The following theorem says: any list l containing some element must be nonempty.
Theorem in_not_nil :
   A (x : A) (l : list A), In x l l [].
  intros A x l H. unfold not. intro Hl.
  rewrite Hl in H.
  simpl in H.
  apply H.
What makes this interesting is that one quantified variable (x) does not appear in the conclusion (l []).
We should be able to use this theorem to prove the special case where x is 42. However, naively, the tactic apply in_not_nil will fail because it cannot infer the value of x.
Lemma in_not_nil_42 :
   l : list nat, In 42 l l [].
  intros l H.
  Fail apply in_not_nil.
There are several ways to work around this:
Use apply ... with ...
Lemma in_not_nil_42_take2 :
   l : list nat, In 42 l l [].
  intros l H.
  apply in_not_nil with (x := 42).
  apply H.
Use apply ... in ...
Lemma in_not_nil_42_take3 :
   l : list nat, In 42 l l [].
  intros l H.
  apply in_not_nil in H.
  apply H.
Explicitly apply the lemma to the value for x.
Lemma in_not_nil_42_take4 :
   l : list nat, In 42 l l [].
  intros l H.
  apply (in_not_nil nat 42).
  apply H.
Explicitly apply the lemma to a hypothesis.
Lemma in_not_nil_42_take5 :
   l : list nat, In 42 l l [].
  intros l H.
  apply (in_not_nil _ _ _ H).
You can "use a theorem as a function" in this way with almost any tactic that can take a theorem's name as an argument.
Note, also, that theorem application uses the same inference mechanisms as function application; thus, it is possible, for example, to supply wildcards as arguments to be inferred, or to declare some hypotheses to a theorem as implicit by default. These features are illustrated in the proof below. (The details of how this proof works are not critical -- the goal here is just to illustrate applying theorems to arguments.)
Example lemma_application_ex :
   {n : nat} {ns : list nat},
    In n (map (fun mm × 0) ns)
    n = 0.
  intros n ns H.
  destruct (proj1 _ _ (In_map_iff _ _ _ _ _) H)
           as [m [Hm _]].
  rewrite mul_0_r in Hm. rewrite <- Hm. reflexivity.
We will see many more examples in later chapters.

Coq vs. Set Theory

Coq's logical core, the Calculus of Inductive Constructions, differs in some important ways from other formal systems that are used by mathematicians to write down precise and rigorous definitions and proofs -- in particular, from Zermelo-Fraenkel Set Theory (ZFC), the most popular foundation for paper-and-pencil mathematics.
We conclude this chapter with a brief discussion of some of the most significant differences between the two worlds.

Functional Extensionality

Coq's logic is intentionally quite minimal. This means that there are occasionally some cases where translating standard mathematical reasoning into Coq can be cumbersome or even impossible, unless we enrich the core logic with additional axioms.
The equality assertions that we have seen so far mostly have concerned elements of inductive types (nat, bool, etc.). But, since Coq's equality operator is polymorphic, we can use it at any type -- in particular, we can write propositions claiming that two functions are equal to each other:
Example function_equality_ex1 :
  (fun x ⇒ 3 + x) = (fun x(pred 4) + x).
Proof. reflexivity. Qed.
In common mathematical practice, two functions f and g are considered equal if they produce the same output on every input:
    ( x, f x = g x) → f = g This is known as the principle of functional extensionality.
Informally, an "extensional property" is one that pertains to an object's observable behavior. Thus, functional extensionality simply means that a function's identity is completely determined by what we can observe from it -- i.e., the results we obtain after applying it.
However, functional extensionality is not part of Coq's built-in logic. This means that some apparently "obvious" propositions are not provable.
Example function_equality_ex2 :
  (fun xplus x 1) = (fun xplus 1 x).
   (* Stuck *)
However, if we like, we can add functional extensionality to Coq's core using the Axiom command.
Axiom functional_extensionality : {X Y: Type}
                                    {f g : X Y},
  ( (x:X), f x = g x) f = g.
Defining something as an Axiom has the same effect as stating a theorem and skipping its proof using Admitted, but it alerts the reader that this isn't just something we're going to come back and fill in later!
We can now invoke functional extensionality in proofs:
Example function_equality_ex2 :
  (fun xplus x 1) = (fun xplus 1 x).
  apply functional_extensionality. intros x.
  apply add_comm.
Naturally, we must be careful when adding new axioms into Coq's logic, as this can render it inconsistent -- that is, it may become possible to prove every proposition, including False, 2+2=5, etc.!
Unfortunately, there is no simple way of telling whether an axiom is safe to add: hard work by highly trained mathematicians is often required to establish the consistency of any particular combination of axioms.
Fortunately, it is known that adding functional extensionality, in particular, is consistent.
To check whether a particular proof relies on any additional axioms, use the Print Assumptions command: Print Assumptions function_equality_ex2.
(* ===>
     functional_extensionality :
         forall (X Y : Type) (f g : X -> Y),
                (forall x : X, f x = g x) -> f = g *)

(If you try this yourself, you may also see add_comm listed as an assumption, depending on whether the copy of Tactics.v in the local directory has the proof of add_comm filled in.)

Propositions vs. Booleans

We've seen two different ways of expressing logical claims in Coq: with booleans (of type bool), and with propositions (of type Prop).
Here are the key differences between bool and Prop:
                                           bool     Prop
                                           ====     ====
           decidable?                       yes       no
           useable with match?             yes       no
           equalities rewritable?          no        yes
The most essential difference between the two worlds is decidability. Every Coq expression of type bool can be simplified in a finite number of steps to either true or false -- i.e., there is a terminating mechanical procedure for deciding whether or not it is true. This means that, for example, the type nat bool is inhabited only by functions that, given a nat, always return either true or false; and this, in turn, means that there is no function in nat bool that checks whether a given number is the code of a terminating Turing machine. By contrast, the type Prop includes both decidable and undecidable mathematical propositions; in particular, the type nat Prop does contain functions representing properties like "the nth Turing machine halts."
The second row in the table above follow directly from this essential difference. To evaluate a pattern match (or conditional) on a boolean, we need to know whether the scrutinee evaluates to true or false; this only works for bool, not Prop. The third row highlights another important practical difference: equality functions like eqb_nat that return a boolean cannot be used directly to justify rewriting, whereas the propositional eq can be.

Working with Decidable Properties

Since Prop includes both decidable and undecidable properties, we have two choices when when we want to formalize a property that happens to be decidable: we can express it as a boolean computation or as a function into Prop.
For instance, to claim that a number n is even, we can say either...
... that even n evaluates to true...
Example even_42_bool : even 42 = true.
Proof. reflexivity. Qed.
... or that there exists some k such that n = double k.
Example even_42_prop : Even 42.
Proof. unfold Even. 21. reflexivity. Qed.
Of course, it would be pretty strange if these two characterizations of evenness did not describe the same set of natural numbers! Fortunately, we can prove that they do...
We first need two helper lemmas.
Lemma even_double : k, even (double k) = true.
  intros k. induction k as [|k' IHk'].
  - reflexivity.
  - simpl. apply IHk'.

Exercise: 3 stars, standard (even_double_conv)

Lemma even_double_conv : n, k,
  n = if even n then double k else S (double k).
  (* Hint: Use the even_S lemma from Induction.v. *)
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Now the main theorem:
Theorem even_bool_prop : n,
  even n = true Even n.
  intros n. split.
  - intros H. destruct (even_double_conv n) as [k Hk].
    rewrite Hk. rewrite H. k. reflexivity.
  - intros [k Hk]. rewrite Hk. apply even_double.
In view of this theorem, we say that the boolean computation even n is reflected in the truth of the proposition k, n = double k.
Similarly, to state that two numbers n and m are equal, we can say either
  • (1) that n =? m returns true, or
  • (2) that n = m.
Again, these two notions are equivalent.
Theorem eqb_eq : n1 n2 : nat,
  n1 =? n2 = true n1 = n2.
  intros n1 n2. split.
  - apply eqb_true.
  - intros H. rewrite H. rewrite eqb_refl. reflexivity.
Even when the boolean and propositional formulations of a claim are equivalent from a purely logical perspective, they are often not equivalent from the point of view of convenience for some specific purpose.
In the case of even numbers above, when proving the backwards direction of even_bool_prop (i.e., even_double, going from the propositional to the boolean claim), we used a simple induction on k. On the other hand, the converse (the even_double_conv exercise) required a clever generalization, since we can't directly prove (even n = true) Even n.
Similarly, we cannot test whether or not a Prop is true in a function definition; as a consequence, the following code fragment is rejected:
Definition is_even_prime n :=
  if n = 2 then true
  else false.
Coq complains that n = 2 has type Prop, while it expects an element of bool (or some other inductive type with two elements). The reason has to do with the computational nature of Coq's core language, which is designed so that every function it can express is computable and total. One reason for this is to allow the extraction of executable programs from Coq developments. As a consequence, Prop in Coq does not have a universal case analysis operation telling whether any given proposition is true or false, since such an operation would allow us to write non-computable functions.
Beyond the fact that non-computable properties are impossible in general to phrase as boolean computations, even many computable properties are easier to express using Prop than bool, since recursive function definitions in Coq are subject to significant restrictions. For instance, the next chapter shows how to define the property that a regular expression matches a given string using Prop. Doing the same with bool would amount to writing a regular expression matching algorithm, which would be more complicated, harder to understand, and harder to reason about than a simple (non-algorithmic) definition of this property.
Conversely, an important side benefit of stating facts using booleans is enabling some proof automation through computation with Coq terms, a technique known as proof by reflection.
Consider the following statement:
Example even_1000 : Even 1000.
The most direct way to prove this is to give the value of k explicitly.
Proof. unfold Even. 500. reflexivity. Qed.
The proof of the corresponding boolean statement is even simpler, because we don't have to invent the witness: Coq's computation mechanism does it for us!
Example even_1000' : even 1000 = true.
Proof. reflexivity. Qed.
What is interesting is that, since the two notions are equivalent, we can use the boolean formulation to prove the other one without mentioning the value 500 explicitly:
Example even_1000'' : Even 1000.
Proof. apply even_bool_prop. reflexivity. Qed.
Although we haven't gained much in terms of proof-script size in this case, larger proofs can often be made considerably simpler by the use of reflection. As an extreme example, a famous Coq proof of the even more famous 4-color theorem uses reflection to reduce the analysis of hundreds of different cases to a boolean computation.
Another notable difference is that the negation of a "boolean fact" is straightforward to state and prove: simply flip the expected boolean result.
Example not_even_1001 : even 1001 = false.
In contrast, propositional negation can be more difficult to work with directly.
Example not_even_1001' : ~(Even 1001).
  rewrite <- even_bool_prop.
  unfold not.
  intro H.
  discriminate H.
Equality provides a complementary example, where it is sometimes easier to work in the propositional world.
Knowing that (n =? m) = true is generally of little direct help in the middle of a proof involving n and m; however, if we convert the statement to the equivalent form n = m, we can rewrite with it.
Lemma plus_eqb_example : n m p : nat,
  n =? m = true n + p =? m + p = true.
  intros n m p H.
    rewrite eqb_eq in H.
  rewrite H.
  rewrite eqb_eq.
We won't discuss reflection any further for the moment, but it serves as a good example showing the different strengths of booleans and general propositions; being able to cross back and forth between the boolean and propositional worlds will often be convenient in later chapters.

Exercise: 2 stars, standard (logical_connectives)

The following theorems relate the propositional connectives studied in this chapter to the corresponding boolean operations.
Theorem andb_true_iff : b1 b2:bool,
  b1 && b2 = true b1 = true b2 = true.
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Theorem orb_true_iff : b1 b2,
  b1 || b2 = true b1 = true b2 = true.
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Exercise: 1 star, standard (eqb_neq)

The following theorem is an alternate "negative" formulation of eqb_eq that is more convenient in certain situations. (We'll see examples in later chapters.) Hint: not_true_iff_false.
Theorem eqb_neq : x y : nat,
  x =? y = false x y.
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.
Given a boolean operator eqb for testing equality of elements of some type A, we can define a function eqb_list for testing equality of lists with elements in A. Complete the definition of the eqb_list function below.
Fixpoint eqb_list {A : Type} (eqb : A A bool)
                  (l1 l2 : list A) : bool :=
  match l1, l2 with
  | [], []true
  | a1 :: l1, a2 :: l2eqb a1 a2 && eqb_list eqb l1 l2
  | _, _false

Exercise: 3 stars, standard (eqb_list_true_iff)

Prove the lemma eqb_list_true_iff.
Theorem eqb_list_true_iff :
   A (eqb : A A bool),
    ( a1 a2, eqb a1 a2 = true a1 = a2)
     l1 l2, eqb_list eqb l1 l2 = true l1 = l2.
(* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Exercise: 2 stars, standard, especially useful (All_forallb)

Prove the theorem below, which relates forallb, from the exercise forall_exists_challenge in chapter Tactics, to the All property defined above.
Copy the definition of forallb from your Tactics here so that this file can be graded on its own.
Fixpoint forallb {X : Type} (test : X bool) (l : list X) : bool
  (* REPLACE THIS LINE WITH ":= _your_definition_ ." *). Admitted.

Theorem forallb_true_iff : X test (l : list X),
  forallb test l = true All (fun xtest x = true) l.
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.
(Ungraded thought question) Are there any important properties of the function forallb which are not captured by this specification?

Classical vs. Constructive Logic

We have seen that it is not possible to test whether or not a proposition P holds while defining a Coq function. You may be surprised to learn that a similar restriction applies in proofs! In other words, the following intuitive reasoning principle is not derivable in Coq:
Definition excluded_middle := P : Prop,
  P ¬ P.
To understand operationally why this is the case, recall that, to prove a statement of the form P Q, we use the left and right tactics, which effectively require knowing which side of the disjunction holds. But the universally quantified P in excluded_middle is an arbitrary proposition, which we know nothing about. We don't have enough information to choose which of left or right to apply, just as Coq doesn't have enough information to mechanically decide whether P holds or not inside a function.
However, if we happen to know that P is reflected in some boolean term b, then knowing whether it holds or not is trivial: we just have to check the value of b.
Theorem restricted_excluded_middle : P b,
  (P b = true) P ¬ P.
  intros P [] H.
  - left. rewrite H. reflexivity.
  - right. rewrite H. intros contra. discriminate contra.
In particular, the excluded middle is valid for equations n = m, between natural numbers n and m.
Theorem restricted_excluded_middle_eq : (n m : nat),
  n = m n m.
  intros n m.
  apply (restricted_excluded_middle (n = m) (n =? m)).
  apply eqb_eq.
It may seem strange that the general excluded middle is not available by default in Coq, since it is a standard feature of familiar logics like ZFC. But there is a distinct advantage in not assuming the excluded middle: statements in Coq make stronger claims than the analogous statements in standard mathematics. Notably, when there is a Coq proof of x, P x, it is always possible to explicitly exhibit a value of x for which we can prove P x -- in other words, every proof of existence is constructive.
Logics like Coq's, which do not assume the excluded middle, are referred to as constructive logics.
More conventional logical systems such as ZFC, in which the excluded middle does hold for arbitrary propositions, are referred to as classical.
The following example illustrates why assuming the excluded middle may lead to non-constructive proofs:
Claim: There exist irrational numbers a and b such that a ^ b (a to the power b) is rational.
Proof: It is not difficult to show that sqrt 2 is irrational. If sqrt 2 ^ sqrt 2 is rational, it suffices to take a = b = sqrt 2 and we are done. Otherwise, sqrt 2 ^ sqrt 2 is irrational. In this case, we can take a = sqrt 2 ^ sqrt 2 and b = sqrt 2, since a ^ b = sqrt 2 ^ (sqrt 2 × sqrt 2) = sqrt 2 ^ 2 = 2.
Do you see what happened here? We used the excluded middle to consider separately the cases where sqrt 2 ^ sqrt 2 is rational and where it is not, without knowing which one actually holds! Because of that, we finish the proof knowing that such a and b exist but we cannot determine what their actual values are (at least, not from this line of argument).
As useful as constructive logic is, it does have its limitations: There are many statements that can easily be proven in classical logic but that have only much more complicated constructive proofs, and there are some that are known to have no constructive proof at all! Fortunately, like functional extensionality, the excluded middle is known to be compatible with Coq's logic, allowing us to add it safely as an axiom. However, we will not need to do so here: the results that we cover can be developed entirely within constructive logic at negligible extra cost.
It takes some practice to understand which proof techniques must be avoided in constructive reasoning, but arguments by contradiction, in particular, are infamous for leading to non-constructive proofs. Here's a typical example: suppose that we want to show that there exists x with some property P, i.e., such that P x. We start by assuming that our conclusion is false; that is, ¬ x, P x. From this premise, it is not hard to derive x, ¬ P x. If we manage to show that this intermediate fact results in a contradiction, we arrive at an existence proof without ever exhibiting a value of x for which P x holds!
The technical flaw here, from a constructive standpoint, is that we claimed to prove x, P x using a proof of ¬ ¬ ( x, P x). Allowing ourselves to remove double negations from arbitrary statements is equivalent to assuming the excluded middle, as shown in one of the exercises below. Thus, this line of reasoning cannot be encoded in Coq without assuming additional axioms.

Exercise: 3 stars, standard (excluded_middle_irrefutable)

Proving the consistency of Coq with the general excluded middle axiom requires complicated reasoning that cannot be carried out within Coq itself. However, the following theorem implies that it is always safe to assume a decidability axiom (i.e., an instance of excluded middle) for any particular Prop P. Why? Because the negation of such an axiom leads to a contradiction. If ¬ (P ¬P) were provable, then by de_morgan_not_or as proved above, P ¬P would be provable, which would be a contradiction. So, it is safe to add P ¬P as an axiom for any particular P.
Succinctly: for any proposition P, Coq is consistent ==> (Coq + P ¬P) is consistent.
Theorem excluded_middle_irrefutable: (P : Prop),
  ¬ ¬ (P ¬ P).
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Exercise: 3 stars, advanced (not_exists_dist)

It is a theorem of classical logic that the following two assertions are equivalent:
    ¬( x, ¬P x)
     x, P x
The dist_not_exists theorem above proves one side of this equivalence. Interestingly, the other direction cannot be proved in constructive logic. Your job is to show that it is implied by the excluded middle.
Theorem not_exists_dist :
   (X:Type) (P : X Prop),
    ¬ ( x, ¬ P x) ( x, P x).
  (* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.
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