longranger25 wrote:

More and more computer programs that provide solutions to mathematical problems in engineering are being produced, and it is thus increasingly unnecessary for practicing engineers to have a thorough understanding of fundamental mathematical principles. Consequently, in training engineers who will work in industry, less emphasis should be placed on mathematical principles, so that space in the engineering curriculum will be available for other important subjects.

The two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

(A) The first is the second-premise that the argument includes; the second is the conclusion that could be drawn from this passage.

(B) The first is the fact that is necessary for this argument; the second is the conclusion that must be drawn from this passage.

(C) The first is the part of premise that the argument includes; the second is the inference that could be drawn from this passage.

(D) The first is the part of evidence that supports this argument; the second is the inference that could be drawn from this passage.

(E) The first is the first conclusion in this argument; the second is the second conclusion in this argument.

I used POE to get through this.

On reading the 2nd bold faced, the fact that there will be

space in the engineering curriculum for other important subjetcs is not an implication. I can't imply this based on the information given. Therefore the 2nd boldface purely is the opinion of the author and is serving as a conclusion of the argument.

If 2nd boldface is not an implication, then,

Option A)

the second is the conclusion that could be drawn from this passage. that could be drawn implies an inference that's possible based on the information. It's out.

Option B)

the second is the conclusion that must be drawn from this passage. Again an inference drawn based on the information given.

Option C) Out.

Option D) Out.

Option E) Remains.

I hope this helps.

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