Description: Define the conditional
operator. Read as "if
then else ." See iftrue3831 and iffalse3833 for its
values. In mathematical literature, this operator is rarely defined
formally but is implicit in informal definitions such as "let
f(x)=0 if
x=0 and 1/x otherwise." (In older versions of this database, this
operator was denoted "ded" and called the "deduction
class.")

An important use for us is in conjunction with the weak deduction
theorem, which converts a hypothesis into an antecedent. In that role,
is a class variable in the hypothesis and is a class
(usually a constant) that makes the hypothesis true when it is
substituted for . See dedth3874 for the main part of the weak
deduction theorem, elimhyp3881 to eliminate a hypothesis, and keephyp3887 to
keep a hypothesis. See the Deduction Theorem link on the Metamath Proof
Explorer Home Page for a description of the weak deduction theorem.
(Contributed by NM, 15-May-1999.)