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A television manufacturing plant has a total of 1,000 workers, though

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A television manufacturing plant has a total of 1,000 workers, though an average of 10 are absent on any given day for various reasons. On days when exactly 10 workers are absent, the plant produces television at its normal rate. Thus, it is reasonable to assume that the plant could fire 10 workers without any loss in production.

The argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it

(A) ignores the possibility that if 10 workers were fired, each of the remaining workers would produce more televisions than previously

(B) fails to show that the absentee rate would drop if 10 workers were fired

(C) takes for granted that the normal rate of production can be attained only when no more than the average number of workers are absent

(D) overlooks the possibility that certain workers are crucial to the production of televisions

(E) takes for granted that the rate of production is not affected by the number of workers employed at the plant

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A television manufacturing plant has a total of 1,000 workers, though an average of 10 are absent on any given day for various reasons. On days when exactly 10 workers are absent, the plant produces television at its normal rate. Thus, it is reasonable to assume that the plant could fire 10 workers without any loss in production.

The argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it

(A) ignores the possibility that if 10 workers were fired, each of the remaining workers would produce more televisions than previously

(B) fails to show that the absentee rate would drop if 10 workers were fired

(C) takes for granted that the normal rate of production can be attained only when no more than the average number of workers are absent

(D) overlooks the possibility that certain workers are crucial to the production of televisions

(E) takes for granted that the rate of production is not affected by the number of workers employed at the plant

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ParthSanghavi,

The total number is 1000, and on an AVERAGE 10 are absent...
On days when 10 or less are absent that is the strength is 990 and more, the production does not get affected.

The argument therefore suggests that we can cut down 10 employees, meaning 990 becomes the actual strength.
But what has this done ??
So it has brought you to a level where you can't have any absentee as any absentee will take the effective strength less than 990 and this would affect the production.

So, what is the guarantee that there will be 0 absenteeism.

Choice B states exactly this..
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nightblade354 wrote:
A television manufacturing plant has a total of 1,000 workers, though an average of 10 are absent on any given day for various reasons. On days when exactly 10 workers are absent, the plant produces television at its normal rate. Thus, it is reasonable to assume that the plant could fire 10 workers without any loss in production.

The argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it

(A) ignores the possibility that if 10 workers were fired, each of the remaining workers would produce more televisions than previously

(B) fails to show that the absentee rate would drop if 10 workers were fired

(C) takes for granted that the normal rate of production can be attained only when no more than the average number of workers are absent

(D) overlooks the possibility that certain workers are crucial to the production of televisions

(E) takes for granted that the rate of production is not affected by the number of workers employed at the plant

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nightblade354 wrote:
A television manufacturing plant has a total of 1,000 workers, though an average of 10 are absent on any given day for various reasons. On days when exactly 10 workers are absent, the plant produces television at its normal rate. Thus, it is reasonable to assume that the plant could fire 10 workers without any loss in production.

The argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it

(A) ignores the possibility that if 10 workers were fired, each of the remaining workers would produce more televisions than previously

(B) fails to show that the absentee rate would drop if 10 workers were fired

(C) takes for granted that the normal rate of production can be attained only when no more than the average number of workers are absent

(D) overlooks the possibility that certain workers are crucial to the production of televisions

(E) takes for granted that the rate of production is not affected by the number of workers employed at the plant

Source: LSAT & CR Archive



ParthSanghavi,

The total number is 1000, and on an AVERAGE 10 are absent...
On days when 10 or less are absent that is the strength is 990 and more, the production does not get affected.

The argument therefore suggests that we can cut down 10 employees, meaning 990 becomes the actual strength.
But what has this done ??
So it has brought you to a level where you can't have any absentee as any absentee will take the effective strength less than 990 and this would affect the production.

So, what is the guarantee that there will be 0 absenteeism.

Choice B states exactly this..


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Firing 10 people leaves the factory very exposed each time one of the remaining workers is missing.

Based on the numbers provided it is still likely that 9.9 workers are missing on any given day after the staff reduction.

Sufficient skeleton staff: 990
Average abstentees: ~10

Likely available people on a given day 980
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