Glucose is used in cellular respiration to produce energy for the animal cells. An animal cell needs to produce energy, therefore it will use glucose. What type of reasoning is used in this scientific statement?
The first sentence of the statement is a known fact and the second sentence applies the known fact to the current scenario, an animal cell needing energy. This is an example of deductive reasoning whereby a conclusion is drawn from a general principle. Inductive reasoning results from the formation of a conclusion based on observations that are not necessarily known facts, i.e. it rained the last two Mondays, it is Monday today therefore it will rain.[Scientific Reasoning]