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3.3 Deductive & Inductive Reasoning

3.3 Deductive & Inductive Reasoning
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    Sometimes you run into people who want to brush up on their geometry. If you are one of these people and if the reason you want to brush up on geometry is because you use it in your career or in a hobby, Euclidean geometry is probably not the type of geometry you want. You would be hunting for the geometry of measurement ... an applied type of geometry.

    While applied geometry is derived from Euclidean geometry, Euclidean geometry also puts a lot of emphasis on derivations and proofs. It is a formal logical system.

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  • Checkpoint Solution

    Here is Euclid's 5th Postulate:

    1. Parallel Postulate At most one line can be drawn parallel to a given line through a given point not on this line.

    Here is one way to write it as a syllogism.

    Premise: Given a line and a point not on the line, there is at most one line that passes through the point and is parallel to the given line.
    Premise: You are given a line and a point not on the line.
    Conclusion: There is at most one line that passes through the point and is parallel to the given line.

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    Ron Larson (author)1 decade ago |
    I debated with myself as to whether I should include Examples 3 and 4 in the book. Finally, I decided that the examples make an important point. That point is that it is possible to have two logical systems, each of which is a valid model of "part of the universe" and yet the two systems are incompatible with each other.