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# A nutritionist studying the effects of massive doses of vitamin C foun

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30 Nov 2010, 05:32
vaibhavtripathi wrote:
IMO D..

"...by 500 percent will reduce the incidence of serious..."

I rejected C because "will" made it too strong to be a hypothesis...

Though the choice of 'can' definitely makes more sense when putting forward a hypothesis, I still may not reject a choice solely on the basis of the use of 'will'. I can definitely formulate a conditional proposition such as:
If A happens, B will happen. - Here A is my hypothesis but the proposition is using 'will'.
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30 Nov 2010, 05:44
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According to the websters dictionary "hypothesis" can mean one of 3 things. One of the listed meanings is: an assumption

When the GMAT uses the word "hypothesis" does it require the use of the "must be true" test associated with an assumption or even a conclusion or a simple can be true/likely standard used for strengthen/weaken questions?

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Hypothesis means it is not an established fact. It is either used as 'working hypothesis' where it is a guess to guide further investigation or it is something highly probable in light of evidence provided. The second meaning is the way the word has been used here.

When the dictionary says that a hypothesis could be a mere assumption too, it means something that is not established to be true. Something that is just being assumed for some purpose. When we use 'assumption' in our CR questions as in 'which of the following is an assumption in the argument?', we mean that the argument was given by assuming something. That assumption was taken to be true to arrive at the conclusion. That is why we check for 'must be true' with respect to the conclusion.

Conclusion is what you can infer without doubt. If the given premises are true, it must be true.
You can see a question that says "Which of the following can be concluded from the argument above?"
But you will not see "Which of the following hypothesis can be concluded from the argument above?" It will be "Which of the following hypothesis is best supported by the argument above?"
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30 Nov 2010, 08:01
great - thanks for clarifying that VeritasPrepKarishma!
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A nutritionist studying the effects of massive doses of vitamin C found that of a group of 600 people who regularly took 1,500 mg of vitamin C daily for a year, fewer than 9 percent suffered serious cases of flu; of a group of 600 people who took 250 mg of vitamin C (the standard recommended daily allowance) daily for a year, 34 percent suffered at least one serious case of flu; and of a group of 600 people who took no vitamin C for a year (other than that found in the foods in a balanced diet), 32 percent suffered at least one serious case of flu.

Which of the following hypotheses is best supported by the evidence above?

(A) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing serious cases of flu increases in direct proportion to the amount of vitamin C taken.
(B) Vitamin C is helpful in preventing disease.
(C) Doses of vitamin C that exceed the standard recommended daily allowance by 500 percent will reduce the incidence of serious cases of flu by 25 percent.
(D) Massive doses of vitamin C can help to prevent serious case of flu.
(E) A balanced diet contains less than 250 mg of vitamin C.
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03 Sep 2011, 09:04
D?

(A) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing serious cases of flu increases in direct proportion to the amount of vitamin C taken. - Incorrect assumption
(B) Vitamin C is helpful in preventing disease. - Language too vague
(C) Doses of vitamin C that exceed the standard recommended daily allowance by 500 percent will reduce the incidence of serious cases of flu by 25 percent. - Language too specific
(D) Massive doses of vitamin C can help to prevent serious case of flu. - Correct
(E) A balanced diet contains less than 250 mg of vitamin C. - Irrelevant
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04 Sep 2011, 19:06
(A) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing serious cases of flu increases in direct proportion to the amount of vitamin C taken.
(B) Vitamin C is helpful in preventing disease.
(C) Doses of vitamin C that exceed the standard recommended daily allowance by 500 percent will reduce the incidence of serious cases of flu by 25 percent.
(D) Massive doses of vitamin C can help to prevent serious case of flu.
(E) A balanced diet contains less than 250 mg of vitamin C.

I say D.

A. its not in direct proportion bc the people who just ate regular food had lower flu rates than people who consumed the standard C. we do not know if the people's diets had more or less or even the standard amt of C so nothing about proportions is known or predicted.
b. really vague , so this leaves too much room to stick to any hypotheses.
c. this is too narrow. the math is solid but would you really hypothesize this?
d.this is general and true. and if you are a CR veteran you know that CR loves a dumbed down but true answer. so just go with it.
e. we have no way of knowing or hypothesizing this.
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20 Sep 2011, 02:22
CLearly answer is D...
D correctly hypotheses the evidence provided in the argument. however my confusion about the question type mentioned. Is this find the assumption question or find the conclusion question.

Looking at the argument I am not able to find the conclusion. so I feel that it is find the conclusion question.
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A nutritionist studying the effects of massive doses of vitamin C found that of a group of 600 people who regularly took 1,500 mg of vitamin C daily for a year, fewer than 9 percent suffered serious cases of flu; of a group of 600 people who took 250 mg of vitamin C (the standard recommended daily allowance) daily for a year, 34 percent suffered at least one serious case of flu; and of a group of 600 people who took no vitamin C for a year (other than that found in the foods in a balanced diet), 32 percent suffered at least one serious case of flu.

Which of the following hypotheses is best supported by the evidence above?
(A) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing serious cases of flu increases in direct proportion to the amount of vitamin C taken.
(B) Vitamin C is helpful in preventing disease.
(C) Doses of vitamin C that exceed the standard recommended daily allowance by 500 percent will reduce the incidence of serious cases of flu by 25 percent.
(D) Massive doses of vitamin C can help to prevent serious case of flu.
(E) A balanced diet contains less than 250 mg of vitamin C.

C is the correct answer.
Although, I'm not entirely sure why C is correct, let me try to explain why the other options are wrong.

(A) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing serious cases of flu increases in direct proportion to the amount of vitamin C taken.-----effectiveness is greater in ppl who do not take Vit.C than in people who take 250mg. Hence, false. Not is direct proportion to the amount of VC taken.
(B) Vitamin C is helpful in preventing disease. Nothing is said about that in the passage. Rather, effects of VC Vs incidence in different groups.
(C) Doses of vitamin C that exceed the standard recommended daily allowance by 500 percent will reduce the incidence of serious cases of flu by 25 percent. Keep it aside.
(D) Massive doses of vitamin C can help to prevent serious case of flu. If massive implies 1500mg, then there are still 9% serious cases of flu. Hence, does NOT prevent serious cases of flu.
(E) A balanced diet contains less than 250 mg of vitamin C. Irrelevant.
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24 Jan 2012, 02:35
D is clear
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(A) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing serious cases of flu increases in direct proportion to the amount of vitamin C taken.-----effectiveness is greater in ppl who do not take Vit.C than in people who take 250mg. Hence, false. Not is direct proportion to the amount of VC taken.
(B) Vitamin C is helpful in preventing disease. Nothing is said about that in the passage. Rather, effects of VC Vs incidence in different groups.
(C) Doses of vitamin C that exceed the standard recommended daily allowance by 500 percent will reduce the incidence of serious cases of flu by 25 percent. Keep it aside. fewer than 9% does not mean exactly 9% so we can't talk for sure of exactly 25% decrease
(D) Massive doses of vitamin C can help to prevent serious case of flu. If massive implies 1500mg, then there are still 9% serious cases of flu. Hence, does NOT prevent serious cases of flu. But can help to prevent - that's the question
(E) A balanced diet contains less than 250 mg of vitamin C. Irrelevant.
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A nutritionist studying the effects of massive doses of vitamin C found that of a group of 600 people who regularly took 1,500 mg of vitamin C daily for a year, fewer than 9 percent suffered serious cases of flu; of a group of 600 people who took 250 mg of vitamin C (the standard recommended daily allowance) daily for a year, 34 percent suffered at least one serious case of flu; and of a group of 600 people who took no vitamin C for a year (other than that found in the foods in a balanced diet), 32 percent suffered at least one serious case of flu.

Which of the following hypotheses is best supported by the evidence above?

(A) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing serious cases of flu increases in direct proportion to the amount of vitamin C taken. Data presented in premise doesn't show a proportional relationship btw intake of vit C and serious flu cases
(B) Vitamin C is helpful in preventing disease. could be kept as a contender though stimulus doesn't state tht Vit C prevents diseases. It just mentions abt correlation btw two.
(C) Doses of vitamin C that exceed the standard recommended daily allowance by 500 percent will reduce the incidence of serious cases of flu by 25 percent. accd to stimulus for 500% increase, reduction is 1- (34-9/34) = 9/34 , less thn 25%
(D) Massive doses of vitamin C can help to prevent serious case of flu. could be true but we donot know what is the amt massive doses correspond to. Kept as contender
(E) A balanced diet contains less than 250 mg of vitamin C.out of scope

thus out of B and D, D sounds more appropriate based on stimulus
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(A) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing serious cases of flu increases in direct proportion to the amount of vitamin C taken. - nothing to infer from the passage.
(B) Vitamin C is helpful in preventing disease. - disease is too broad a scope.
(C) Doses of vitamin C that exceed the standard recommended daily allowance by 500 percent will reduce the incidence of serious cases of flu by 25 percent.
1,500 mg of vitamin C daily for a year, fewer than 9 percent suffered serious cases of flu. fewer than 9% could be 0% or 9%.
of 600 people who took 250 mg of vitamin C (the standard recommended daily allowance) daily for a year, 34 percent suffered at least one serious case of flu.

So if we were to take 34% - 9%, we will get a reduction of serious cases of flu to 25%.
However, if we were to take 34% - 0%, we will not get any reduction of serious cases of flu.
Besides, answer choice states "will reduce", which indicates a strong answer choice for inference questions.

(D) Massive doses of vitamin C can help to prevent serious case of flu. - correct answer choice. Choice of word "can help" is preferable to answer choice (C).

(E) A balanced diet contains less than 250 mg of vitamin C. - out of scope, nothing mentioned about balanced diet.
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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
automan wrote:
A nutritionist studying the effects of massive doses of vitamin C found that of a group of 600 people who regularly took 1,500 mg of vitamin C daily for a year, fewer than 9 percent suffered serious cases of flu; of a group of 600 people who took 250 mg of vitamin C (the standard recommended daily allowance) daily for a year, 34 percent suffered at least one serious case of flu; and of a group of 600 people who took no vitamin C for a year (other than that found in the foods in a balanced diet), 32 percent suffered at least one serious case of flu.

Which of the following hypotheses is best supported by the evidence above?

(A) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing serious cases of flu increases in direct proportion to the amount of vitamin C taken.
(B) Vitamin C is helpful in preventing disease.
(C) Doses of vitamin C that exceed the standard recommended daily allowance by 500 percent will reduce the incidence of serious cases of flu by 25 percent.
(D) Massive doses of vitamin C can help to prevent serious case of flu.
(E) A balanced diet contains less than 250 mg of vitamin C.

Quite a bit of confusion on this one... let's see if we can sort it out.

Read the question stem: Which of the following hypotheses is best supported by the evidence above?

The use of the word 'Hypotheses' signifies that what we are looking for is a proposition that is highly probable in the light of the data given in stimulus.
The stimulus provides evidence (premises) for one of the answer options. So that answer option must be a hypothesis that is supported by the stimulus.

Premises:
- massive doses of vitamin C found that of a group of 600 people who regularly took 1,500 mg of vitamin C daily for a year, fewer than 9 percent suffered serious cases of flu;
- of a group of 600 people who took 250 mg of vitamin C (the standard recommended daily allowance) daily for a year, 34 percent suffered at least one serious case of flu;
- of a group of 600 people who took no vitamin C for a year (other than that found in the foods in a balanced diet), 32 percent suffered at least one serious case of flu.

Let's look at the options to see which one is supported by this data.

(A) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing serious cases of flu increases in direct proportion to the amount of vitamin C taken.
Not supported by the study. We do not know how much vitamin C was taken by people who took a balanced diet only. Anyway, we cannot establish the direct proportion.

(B) Vitamin C is helpful in preventing disease.
Too generic. Talks of disease in general. Not supported by the study.

(C) Doses of vitamin C that exceed the standard recommended daily allowance by 500 percent will reduce the incidence of serious cases of flu by 25 percent.
The popular but incorrect option. There is a difference between 'by 25%' and 'by 25 percent points'. If incidence of serious cases of flu was 34% and it reduces to 9%, that is a reduction of (34-9)/34 = 73.5% in the incidence. Or I can say that the incidence of serious flu has reduced by 25 percent points.
Similarly from 5%, if the growth rate goes up to 6%, that is an increase of 1/5 *100 = 20% (not 1%)
But I can say that the growth rate has increased by 1 percent point.

(D) Massive doses of vitamin C can help to prevent serious case of flu.
This is the hypothesis that is best supported by the study. Please note that it is not a 'must be true' statement. The author has already mentioned that these are hypotheses. We need to pick the one that is best supported by the stimulus. It is clear what massive doses are since the premise mentions "studying the effects of massive doses of vitamin C found that of a group...". The results of the study imply that massive doses of vitamin C can help prevent serious case of flu.

(E) A balanced diet contains less than 250 mg of vitamin C.
No information about this. If anything, in the group taking a balanced diet, the incidence of serious flu was slightly less than those taking 250 mg. So if we do want to infer something, we might be tempted to infer (wrongly, let me add) that a balanced diet has more than 250 mg of Vitamin C. We also don't know what kind of diet was taken by people taking 250 mg of Vitamin C.

Thanks Karishma.

Good explanation
I chose C without considering the difference between percent and percent points. But after going through your explanation, it helped me understand why the choice is wrong. E was pretty tempting too.
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