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Thinking Mathematically (7th Edition)
7th Edition
ISBN: 9780134683713
Chapter 1
Problem 1RE
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To determine

To determine: The reasoning process in the provided example “All books by Stephen King have made the best-seller list. Carrie is a novel by Stephen King. Therefore, Carrie was on the best-seller list.” and explain the answer.

Answer

Solution: Deductive reasoning

Explanation of Solution

Given: The provided statement is, “All books by Stephen King have made the best-seller list. Carrie is a novel by Stephen King. Therefore, Carrie was on the best-seller list.”

Explanation:

The provided statement follows deductive reasoning.

Deductive reasoning is the process of proving a specific conclusion from one or more general statements.

In this problem, the general statement is, “All books by Stephen King have made the best-seller list. Carrie is a novel by Stephen King.”

The conclusion is Carrie was on the best-seller list.

So, it is clear that it is a deductive reasoning process.

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