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27 Apr 2010, 23:41
Hi,

Option 'E' does not speak anything regarding "body weight" which does not cover the entire criteria. Hence, it is incorrect and the best option is 'C' as suggested.

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28 Apr 2010, 03:29

1) The argument above says that the energy an animal must expend to move uphill is proportional to its body weight and the animal’s energy output available to perform this task is proportional to its surface area.
2) Small animals can run up fast and the large animals slow down when moving up.

The second statement can only be true if we assume that the energy output of large animals is less than what is required and the energy output of small animals is more than what is required. From 1) it implies that surface area to body weight ratio is smaller in large animals than it is in small animals..

Hence option C.
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29 Apr 2010, 04:24
Though a little timetaking due to cautiosness, C is the inly option which consideres thefact that Surface area plays no role in large animals
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06 Sep 2010, 06:12
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06 Sep 2010, 09:48
Good one but if you read closely it is easy to figure out
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29 Apr 2011, 05:09
"C" for sure!!
Explanations are provided next to the answer choices!!
jainu wrote:
The energy an animal must expend to move uphill is proportional to its body weight, whereas the animal’s energy output available to perform this task is proportional to its surface area. This is the reason that small animals, like squirrel, can run up a tree trunk almost as fast as they can move on level ground, whereas large animals tend to slow down when they are moving uphill.

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

(A) The amount of energy needed to move uphill is no greater for large animals that it is for small animals.It is contradicting the argument,which clearly states that the energy needed is directly proportional to the body weight!!
(B) Small animals can move more rapidly than large animals can.One can not assume that small animals are more agile than the large ones for the information given in the argument says only about uphill movement!e.a. leopard might be quicker than squirrel on flat surface but he might not be quicker than squirrel in uphill movement!!
(C) The ratio of surface area to body weight is smaller in large animals than it is in small animals.This is the best choice as the amount of energy available for use is directly proportional to the body's surface area & amount of energy expended is directly proportion to the body weight. thus S.A./B.W. must be more to move quickly (uphill)
(D) There is little variation in the ratio of energy output to body weight among animals.By this logic all the animals should move uphill at almost same speed.
(E) The amount of energy needed to run at a given speed is proportional to the surface area of the running animal.One of the premises mentioned in the argument.

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29 Apr 2011, 12:33
It's C.
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29 Apr 2011, 22:56
Clear C.
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30 Apr 2011, 01:42
tough one....guess its c
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01 May 2011, 11:55
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01 May 2011, 22:21
conclusion is regarding speed and evidance are about energy.
So missing link or assumption should be the one which relates the two.
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09 May 2011, 18:09
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10 May 2011, 09:46
"E" is one of the premises mentioned in the argument.

Se my post above!
vdbhamare wrote:
conclusion is regarding speed and evidance are about energy.
So missing link or assumption should be the one which relates the two.

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let ratio for large animals = S/E
Ratio for small animals = s/e
option C: S/E < s/e.........when inverted looks like this:
E/S > e/s........ that is:
energy expended per unit space (for large animals) > that for small animals...
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thats the kind of representation i was looking for , Got C in
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16 Sep 2011, 05:30
Very tough one.. Took 3 minutes.. C it is..
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16 Sep 2011, 13:35
I picked C....2:09 mins
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21 Sep 2011, 00:16
IMO C. I used POE and came to C.

jainu wrote:
The energy an animal must expend to move uphill is proportional to its body weight, whereas the animal’s energy output available to perform this task is proportional to its surface area. This is the reason that small animals, like squirrel, can run up a tree trunk almost as fast as they can move on level ground, whereas large animals tend to slow down when they are moving uphill.

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

(A) The amount of energy needed to move uphill is no greater for large animals that it is for small animals.
(B) Small animals can move more rapidly than large animals can.
(C) The ratio of surface area to body weight is smaller in large animals than it is in small animals.
(D) There is little variation in the ratio of energy output to body weight among animals.
(E) The amount of energy needed to run at a given speed is proportional to the surface area of the running animal.

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