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i have no idea what that means

why aren't they disclosed? 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: suffiicent assumption question
« on: November 16, 2007, 01:10:25 PM »
how would that never have relevance?  it seems relevant to me, even in this case.  here, we could use it as a check to make sure that since the answer choice we're looking for should be a sufficient assumption, then that IF the answer choice is TRUE, then indeed the CONCLUSION must be 100% true.

Studying for the LSAT / Diagramming this
« on: November 09, 2007, 10:54:58 AM »
September 2006, Section 2, 14

The economy is doing badly. FIrst, the real estate slump has been with us for some time. SEcond, car sales are at their lowest in years. Of course, had either one or the other phenomenon failed to occur, this would be consistent with the economy as a whole being healthy. But, their occurrence together makes it quite probably that my conclusion is correct.

I diagrammed this as:

RE Slump + CS lowest ---> Economy is doing badly

The question stem is: WHich one of the following inferences is most strongly supported by the information above?

THe CR is: If the economy is in a healthy state, then it is unlikely that the real estate and car sales markets are both in a slump.

So I basically diagrammed the incorrect reversal of this.  But how do you know which comes first?  Every time I look at this stimulus, I don't see how you know whether to put the RE Slump and Car Sales as the Sufficient or the Necessary. Help please? Thanks in advance.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: preptests 2005-2007
« on: November 09, 2007, 10:46:11 AM »
i knwo LG is supposed to be easier, but in what ways is LR supposed to be harder?  is it like longer stimuli or more abstract terms or what?

Studying for the LSAT / preptests 2005-2007
« on: November 08, 2007, 09:57:36 AM »
so these are the last ones i have left (June/October/December of 2005 and 2006, and June 2007). anyone recommend that i take them in a particular order until Dec 1st, or does it not really matter? 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: stuck between two choices...
« on: November 08, 2007, 09:51:47 AM »
get over it. if it's not helping you study, then don't read the posts. your time is better spent reading the posts you do find useful, not ranting and copying and pasting evidence to convince others what they should put up in their posts.

Studying for the LSAT / earth to mars
« on: November 05, 2007, 03:22:09 PM »
December 98, Sec 2, 9

The only physical factor preventing a human journey to mars has been weight. Carrying enough fuel to propel a conventional spacecraft to mars and back would make even the lightest craft too heavy to be launched from Earth.  A device has recently been invented, however, that allows an otherwise conventional spacecraft to refill the craft's fuel tanks with fuel manufactured from the Martian atmosphere for the return trip. Therefore, it is possible for people to go to Mars in a spacecraft that carries this device and then return.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

TCR: THe device for manufacturing fuel for the return to Earth weighs less than teh tanks of fuel that a conventional spacecraft would otherwise need to carry from Earth for the return trip.

Unfortunately, this was answer E and I was quick to bubble in an earlier answer before getting to this.  Why is this one wrong, however?

The amount of fuel needed for a spacecraft to return from Mars is the same as the amount of fuel needed to travel from Earth to Mars.

What if you needed 10,000 times the amount of fuel to return from Mars to Earth?  Then that manufactured fuel wouldn't necessarily fit inside the fuel tank if it was made to fit only for the trip from Earth to Mars, right?  I'm confused. Help?

Studying for the LSAT / flawed parallel method of reasoning question
« on: November 05, 2007, 03:17:12 PM »
this is from December 1999 Section 2 question 25

The judgment that an artist is great always rests on assessments of the work the artist has produced. A series of great works is the only indicator of greatness. Therefore, to say that an artist is great is just to summarize the quality of his or her known works, and the artist's greatness can provide no basis for predicting the quality of the artist's unknown or future works.

Which one of the following contains questionable reasoning most similar to that in the argument above?

TCR: The only way of knowing whether someone has a cold is to observe symptoms. Thus, when a person is said to have a cold, this means only that he or she has displayed the symptoms of a cold, and no prediction about the patient's future symptoms is justified.

What's going on exactly here? I don't get it. 

« on: November 04, 2007, 06:36:38 AM »
to be fair, often posters (like myself) often post having already understood the rest of the wrong answers and only wanting to know exactly why the CR is right - so it's unnecessary to take the extra time and space to type up all the other answers, which would be equally annoying. 

i think a good compromise is to do what i've seen Kits44 and other posters do - put up what you want, but at least put up the Test #/Question # so that if readers either want to see the other answers/try doing it themselves, or just want to be sure not to be spoiling future preptests, the info is there to look it up yourself. 

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