Most computers are digital, meaning they display information : GMAT Reading Comprehension (RC)
Check GMAT Club Decision Tracker for the Latest School Decision Releases http://gmatclub.com/AppTrack

 It is currently 18 Jan 2017, 17:56

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# Most computers are digital, meaning they display information

 new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics
Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 27 Jul 2011
Posts: 181
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 213 [1] , given: 103

Most computers are digital, meaning they display information [#permalink]

### Show Tags

09 Dec 2012, 22:17
1
KUDOS
Question 1
00:00

Question Stats:

100% (03:46) correct 0% (00:00) wrong based on 1

### HideShow timer Statistics

Most computers are digital, meaning they display information in discrete intervals, as the relevant values and quantities are calculated in greater or smaller increments. Analog computers instead use the continuous change of natural (or at least physical) phenomena to model and represent calculations as they occur, without piecewise division. Slide rules and
astrolabes are comparatively primitive forms of analog computer; the other end of the spectrum boasts contraptions like the differential analyzer, which uses wheels and discs to solve differential equations, and the gun director, which uses trigonometry to calculate data about a moving target and relay it to a weapon operator.

One of the more remarkable analog computers is the Phillips Hydraulic Computer, also known as the Financephalograph and as the MONIAC (Monetary National
Income Analogue Computer), created in 1949 by New Zealand economist William Phillips, then a student at the London School of Economics. In essence, the MONIAC uses fluidics—where compressible media mimic operations performed by electronics—to simulate a nation’s economic processes, in this case those of the United Kingdom. It comprises a series of plastic tanks and pipes mounted to a wooden board, each tank standing for a discrete economic element; water is used to represent money, such that controlling its flow to and
from different tanks, by use of various taps and pumps, models the holistic effect of each transaction. If water is released from the “treasury” tank and directed to a lower “health care” tank, the changes caused in equilibrium throughout the entire system can be monitored continuously. Phillips found that the MONIAC could be calibrated to an impressive degree of accuracy, which in turn made it an eminently serviceable economic simulator, anticipating as it did most modern modeling software.
According to the passage, the MONIAC:
A. Predated the invention of computerized economic simulations
B. Was used as an economic prediction engine until replaced by software
C. Was created for an assignment at the London School of Economics
D. Could not have been built without funding from the English government
E. Was initially conceived as a theoretical simulation device
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #1 OA

_________________

If u can't jump the 700 wall , drill a big hole and cross it .. I can and I WILL DO IT ...need some encouragement and inspirations from U ALL

Last edited by BukrsGmat on 16 Apr 2013, 09:49, edited 2 times in total.
If you have any questions
you can ask an expert
New!
 Economist GMAT Tutor Discount Codes Math Revolution Discount Codes Veritas Prep GMAT Discount Codes
Senior Manager
Joined: 07 Nov 2012
Posts: 346
Schools: LBS '14 (A)
GMAT 1: 770 Q48 V48
Followers: 191

Kudos [?]: 366 [0], given: 4

Re: Most computers are digital, meaning they display [#permalink]

### Show Tags

10 Dec 2012, 04:47
Hi - Answers B and C are the same...
_________________

Former GMAT Pill student, now on staff. Used GMATPILL OG 12 and nothing else: 770 (48,48) & 6.0

... and more

Manager
Joined: 27 Jul 2011
Posts: 181
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 213 [0], given: 103

Re: Most computers are digital, meaning they display [#permalink]

### Show Tags

10 Dec 2012, 19:21
plumber250 wrote:
Hi - Answers B and C are the same...

My apology for that...updated with correct options...
_________________

If u can't jump the 700 wall , drill a big hole and cross it .. I can and I WILL DO IT ...need some encouragement and inspirations from U ALL

Intern
Joined: 07 Apr 2012
Posts: 10
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Re: Most computers are digital, meaning they display information [#permalink]

### Show Tags

12 Dec 2012, 20:11
I would go for E. what is the OA?
Manager
Joined: 04 Oct 2011
Posts: 224
Location: India
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, International Business
GMAT 1: 440 Q33 V13
GMAT 2: 0 Q0 V0
GPA: 3
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 48 [0], given: 44

Re: Most computers are digital, meaning they display information [#permalink]

### Show Tags

16 Dec 2012, 16:29
Phillips found that the MONIAC
could be calibrated to an impressive degree of accuracy,

which in turn made it an eminently serviceable economic
simulator
, anticipating as it did most modern modeling
software.

My choice is for A.

Pls post OA
_________________

GMAT - Practice, Patience, Persistence
Kudos if u like

Manager
Joined: 31 Aug 2011
Posts: 217
Followers: 6

Kudos [?]: 199 [0], given: 56

Re: Most computers are digital, meaning they display information [#permalink]

### Show Tags

16 Dec 2012, 19:21
A. Predated the invention of computerized economic simulations

No information regarding other economic simutations

B. Was used as an economic prediction engine until replaced by software

No where mentioned whether it was used at all or not forget replacement by another thing

C. Was created for an assignment at the London School of Economics

Philip studied there does not mean whatever he does is an assignment from his school

D. Could not have been built without funding from the English government

why would govt fund this ? if its not in passage

E. Was initially conceived as a theoretical simulation device

atleast philips conceived it this way, some other folks might also have agreed so can take on E

E is my choice . some kudos please . . . .

Phillips found that the MONIAC
could be calibrated to an impressive degree of accuracy,
(35) which in turn made it an eminently serviceable economic
simulator
_________________

If you found my contribution helpful, please click the +1 Kudos button on the left, I kinda need some =)

Intern
Joined: 24 Sep 2012
Posts: 40
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 76

Re: Most computers are digital, meaning they display information [#permalink]

### Show Tags

20 Dec 2012, 20:41
In my opinion,

The correct answers could be among A, B and E

A. Predated the invention of computerized economic simulations
Eliminate.
Phillips found that the MONIAC could be calibrated to an impressive degree of accuracy, which in turn made it an eminently serviceable economic simulator, anticipating as it did most modern modeling software.

This means modern software were also available during that time. Hence not predated.

B. Was used as an economic prediction engine until replaced by software

E. Was initially conceived as a theoretical simulation device
No where it is mentioned that it was initially thought as a theoretical device. Eliminate.

Waiting for OA and Explanation!
Intern
Joined: 25 Mar 2012
Posts: 3
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 22

Re: Most computers are digital, meaning they display information [#permalink]

### Show Tags

20 Dec 2012, 22:21
I think the answer is E. A seems right, but is not supported by the passage. Author, can we have the OA please?
Re: Most computers are digital, meaning they display information   [#permalink] 20 Dec 2012, 22:21
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
4 Information asymmetry refers to any situation 6 13 Dec 2015, 09:30
2 Which of the following most accurately describes the meaning 1 14 Jun 2014, 09:05
During the nineteenth-century, occupational information.... 1 03 Sep 2013, 19:45
Most pre-1990 literature on businesses’ use of information 1 25 Aug 2013, 21:58
7 The idea of the brain as an information processor a machine 15 28 Mar 2013, 03:04
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# Most computers are digital, meaning they display information

 new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.