# Difference between revisions of "Disjunctive normal form"

A propositional formula is said to be in disjunctive normal form if it is of the form $$\label{eq1} \bigvee_{i=1}^n \;\bigwedge_{j=1}^{m_i} C_{ij} ,$$ where each $C_{ij}$ ($1,\ldots,n$; $j=1,\ldots,m_i$) is either a variable or the negation of a variable. The form \ref{eq1} is realizable if and only if, for each $i$, $C_{i1},\ldots,C_{im_i}$ do not contain both the formulas $p$ and $\neg p$, where $p$ is any variable. For any propositional formula $A$ it is possible to construct an equivalent disjunctive normal form $B$ containing the same variables as $A$. Such a formula $B$ is then said to be the disjunctive normal form of the formula $A$.