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Studying for the LSAT / Re: The unveiling of Horace Grant's LSAT Jam
« on: March 23, 2007, 12:04:40 AM »
Hey all, I just finished going through the powerscore logic reasoning bible and I'm just curious if anyone has a very thorough of understanding of lr and could help me out with this question. More specifically, my question pertains to conditional reasoning and the way powerscore addresses conditional reasoning of 2 necessary conditions and the contrapositive. Such as AND's contrapositive is OR. Here's what I mean...

I may be mistakened but I believe your diagramming went along the lines of:

EW ---> CP   and a seperate condition EW ---> UR. Thus the contrapositives would be:
CP ---> EW    and                                         UR ---> EW.

However, I interepreted the conditional reasoning to be saying "if the economy is weak, then prices remain constant AND unemployment rises." The way powerscore addresses this conditional reasoning is to draw one conditional statement with "AND" connecting the 2 necessary conditions, followed by a contrapositive that connects the 2 new sufficient conditions by "OR". Thus, the diagramming for the way I interpreted the statement (along the reasoning of powerscore) would be:

EW ---> CP AND UR.               Thus, powerscore's contrapositive of this is:

CP OR UR ---> EW.


My dilemma is according to the first diagramming if there are NOT constant prices you can't have a weak economy. However, in powerscore's diagramming say you had constant prices BUT unemployment was not rising and thus the economy was not weak. So essentially you could have constant prices and the economy is not weak. Similarly, you can make it so that unemployment is rising and still not have a weak economy as long as there are not constant prices. Hopefully I was adequate in my explanation and in attempting to convey this problem I'm having.

I'm not sure how many purchased the powerscore lr bible or how many have read it, but I'm asking anyone out there if they could help and address the way powerscore diagrams this conditional reasonining and where my interpretation is wrong if so. Also, I wanted to point out that I have not applied powerscore's conditional reasoning to the answer choices and thus both ways of diagramming may work but I'm just attempting to clarify the difference between the 2.

Thank you!

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I love the economist! It's such a great periodical and not only has interesting articles on current world news but also provides similar structure as do the reading comp on the LSAT.

I think what everyone is saying that reading the economist will help improve your reading on the LSAT given you have enough time and like to read and read with an intent in mind. If you just speed read through thinking it will help you gain 5 pts on the reading comp obviously that's not going to happen.

Reading looking for main points and arguments and premises will help you improve. Although there are many other great periodicals that would similarly help one improve in the end it's the reader's preference and what type of articles and issues they enjoy reading. I for one love the economist and would recommend it to anyone who would like to improve their reading score and enjoy reading about the economy, international news, foreign markets, etc.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Who's who on LSD?!
« on: March 20, 2007, 08:29:09 PM »
im a bear! hear me roar!

kitty cattttt!!!!!!!!!!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: PrepTest 46; Section 3, Number 6
« on: March 19, 2007, 07:05:26 PM »
If Albritten's water had 90 milligrams 20 years ago and now it has 100 milligrams, then it is gaining salt at a rate of 10 milligrams every 20 years.  This means that at the current rate, the groundwater will reach the 250 mark in 300 years rather than the few decades that the conclusion states.

Of course, there won't be any more ice after 2050, thanks to global warming...

And hopefully my Pennsylvanian home will be beach front as well!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: where is everyone???
« on: March 12, 2007, 12:32:00 AM »
SPRING BREAK OF COURSE!!! mine was a little early and i just got back to school today but i know a lot of schools are having their break as we speak...could be an important variable...but i was a good boy and took my lsat studying books on break to look over on the plane ride and such

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Logic Reasoning Bible Question
« on: March 11, 2007, 11:44:06 PM »
I'm also currently working my way through the Logical Reasoning Bible and so far have found it fairly helpful. I feel like the example problems they give at the end of the chapters are easier questions then most so I'm not exactly sure what to think of it as a whole but thus far the book is very straightforward and clear and at times may be overly in depth if their is such a thing but I'm glad this book is as comprehensive as it is.

I think the conditional reasoning section is very important for the sake of being able to understand complex arguments and simplifying them into abbreviated form for organization. I see the chapter as an organization tool to help you pack a lot of wordy material into a few diagrams to refer to when checking  your answers. Some questions are more difficult then others so drawing them out might not be needed on some but to keep your ideas clear and indirect inferences such as contrapositives and such the diagramming is helpful but not necessary. Basically do what you feel would benefit your score the most.

How was the games bible? I bought the logic games bible but haven't gone through it yet but also wondering about getting the logic games ultimate setup guide as well and not sure how they differ or which I should go through first? How was your experience with the logic games bible and how has your score improved?

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Where should I go next fall? / Cornell vs Fordham placement
« on: February 26, 2007, 09:39:40 PM »
Does anyone have a good grasp on how well Cornell places? I mean being Ivy I'm sure it has a pretty decent national rep but as far as placement in BIGLAW in NYC I hear so much about Fordham but not much about Cornell. Any takers?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Reasons not to move to Florida
« on: February 26, 2007, 03:24:29 PM »
quit bein a beyotch...florida's weather more than makes up for this so called "allergy season"...u gotta build up immunity and stop living in a bubble

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Studying for the LSAT / Powerscore logic games bible vs setup
« on: February 25, 2007, 01:28:29 PM »
Hey I just wanted to see if anyone could tell me about their experience with powerscore's logic games bible and logic games setup books. I have bough the logical reasoning bible and found it to be the best LSAT preperation tool thus far. I bought the logic games bible but have not looked through it and was wondering what the differences are between the setup guide and the bible??? Would you recommend getting both or just one and if both which would you read through first? Any help would be appreciated!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: To all June LSAT takers
« on: February 25, 2007, 01:25:02 PM »
During the week it really depends on how much schoolwork I have going on. I'm having a difficult time deciding if I should be putting more emphasis on my LSAT studying or school studying. On one hand I think another dean's list semester will look good on my transcript and boost my GPA but the LSAT comes second to none in importance of admissions so...usually I've been studying about 2 hours every Mon Wed Fri. I'm working through the powerscore logic reasoning bible first then moving on to games bible and finally working on practice tests.


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