Posted by B.B. on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 10:03am.
Can someone explain this question is about deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning. I say the answer is deductive reasoning. Is this correct?
Question: All United States Presidents have come from the original 48 states. No person from Alaska can be President.

Logic?  PsyDAG, Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 10:59am
First of all, you have not posted a question.
Since it goes from the general to the specific, it is deductive.
However, it is a fallacy. Just because nobody from Alaska has been President (past) does not mean that nobody can become President (future).
How about Hawaii?
I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.

Math  B.B., Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 11:05am
Yes we have a President from there. It did not say anything about Hawaii. Thanks for your help. So then you are saying it is deductive not inductive?

Math  PsyDAG, Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 10:10am
Yes, inductive starts from basic information to develop a rule. Deductive goes from basic rule to come to a conclusion about a specific situation.
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