A Boolean function is expressed in two form.

- Sum of Minterms
- Product of Maxterms

## Sum of Minterms

x’ y’ z ,

x y’ z’ ,

x y’ z ,

x y z’ ,

x y z ,

gives 1 as output in the above Truth Table.

**Literal**– x, y, A, b etc is a label which denote an input variable for a logic gate. Literal can be normal or complimented.

**Minterm**– product of two or more literal using ANDing of each literal.

**Maxterm**– sum of two or more literal using ORing of each literal.

Before we understand what sum of minterm or product of maxterm is, we must understand a few terminology.

for example,

x or x', y or y'

for example,

x.y.z or x'y

Suppose we have 2 variable – x and y, then all possible combination of literals are x’y’ , x’y, xy’, xy. If we have 3 variables then all combination of literals are as follows

Basically, if there are n variable, then there is 2n. For 3 variable, there are 23 = 8.

A minterm is the term from table given below that gives 1 output.Let us sum all these terms,

F = x' y' z + x y' z' + x y' z + x y z' + x y z = m1 + m4 + m5 + m6 + m7 F(x,y,z) = ∑(1,4,5,6,7) is known as Sum of Minterms Canonical Form.

Why is it called canonical form ? because all the literals present in each of the terms.

## Product of Maxterm

The Product of Maxterm is complement of the Sum of Minterm of a function. To obtain the Product of Maxterm, we need two step process.

- Find those minterms in the Truth Table that gives a 0 as output.
- Complement those minterms using DeMorgan’s law.

Let us now apply the above to obtain the Product of Maxterm form.

From the previous truth table given, x’ y’ z’, x’ y z’, x’ y z gives output as 0.

F = x' y' z' + x' y z' + x' y z by Rule 1 = (x' y' z' + x' y z' + x' y z)' by DeMorgan's Law = (x + y + z)(x + y' + z)(x + y' + z') Product of Maxterms form

We see that the Product of Maxterm is ANDing of all ORed terms.

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