Given an if-then statement "if *p*, then *q*", we can create three related statements:

A conditional statement consists of two parts, a hypothesis in the “if” clause and a conclusion in the “then” clause. For instance, “If it rains, then they cancel school.”

*"It rains"* is the hypothesis.

*"They cancel school"* is the conclusion.

To form the converse of the conditional statement, interchange the hypothesis and the conclusion.

The converse of *"If it rains, then they cancel school"* is *"If they cancel school, then it rains."*

To form the inverse of the conditional statement, take the negation of both the hypothesis and the conclusion.

The inverse of *“If it rains, then they cancel school”* is *“If it does not rain, then they do not cancel school.”*

To form the contrapositive of the conditional statement, interchange the hypothesis and the conclusion of the inverse statement.

The contrapositive of *"If it rains, then they cancel school"* is *"If they do not cancel school, then it does not rain."*

Statement | If p, then q. |

Converse | If q, then p. |

Inverse | If not p, then not q. |

Contrapositive | If not q, then not p. |

If the statement is true, then the contrapositive is also logically true. If the converse is true, then the inverse is also logically true.

**Example 1:**

Statement | If two angles are congruent, then they have the same measure. |

Converse | If two angles have the same measure, then they are congruent. |

Inverse | If two angles are not congruent, then they do not have the same measure. |

Contrapositive | If two angles do not have the same measure, then they are not congruent. |

In the above example, since the hypothesis and conclusion are equivalent, all four statements are true. But this will not always be the case!

**Example 2:**

Statement | If a quadrilateral is a rectangle, then it has two pairs of parallel sides. |

Converse | If a quadrilateral has two pairs of parallel sides, then it is a rectangle. (FALSE!) |

Inverse | If a quadrilateral is not a rectangle, then it does not have two pairs of parallel sides. (FALSE!) |

Contrapositive | If a quadrilateral does not have two pairs of parallel sides, then it is not a rectangle. |