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In 1975 Chinese survey teams remeasured Mount Everest

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Can anyone explain the answer to question 1st/.

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Can anyone explain answer to the first question of this passage. Marked as Q32

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Can any one explain why the answer for Question 32 is D instead of C .
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New post 05 Jun 2017, 09:01
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I know it's useless to disagree with Official answers and all that, but please allow me,

Q32.

The official answer is D, but it says "When weather balloons indicate low air temperature and pressure." so, same level of temp and pressure.

according to the text,

"One source of error is refraction, the bending of light beams as they pass through air layers of different temperature and pressure. " so the refraction is the result of passing through DIFFERENT T and P, Therefore D just can't be correct here. ~

Am I missing something?


Hi, I would like to add my 2 cents on your concern. As per my understanding, (D) is not wrong, or if any, not wrong for the reason you cited.

First of all, in the passage: "One source of error is refraction, the bending of light beams as they pass through air layers of different temperature and pressure. ---> It is mentioned that temperature and pressure of one layer is different from those of another layer.

In option D: "When weather balloons indicate low air temperature and pressure." --->In my initial reading, I thought this sentence meant that there is a difference in air temperature and pressure of different layers. In more details, temperate and pressure of one layer is lower than those of another layer. That's why there is no inconsistence between option (D) and information given in the passage.

Btw, I've got this passage in GMATPrep practice but did not face with question no.1. And then when I attempted this question for the first time on this forum, I chose D. I must admit that IMHO this is a difficult question, but what surprised me the most is that almost everyone commented above argued for another option. I did bookmark this post to read further comments from experts.

Hi expert GMATNinja, could you share some thoughts on Question no.1? Thank you so much!

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Quite a controversial question. Though, my reasoning is more inclined towards answer choice C for the first problem. But, I still don't understand how come OA is D.

A -> not an issue
B -> type of air that would cause disturbance is not mentioned
D -> see B
E -> confuses info (see C)
C -> "To reduce refraction errors, the Chinese team carried in sea level to within five to twelve miles of Everest’s summit, decreasing the amount of air that light passed through on its way to their theodolites." so they needed to get close to get a good measurement.
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Hi GMATNinja ,

Can you please put some light on the first question. It seems that option C makes sense but the OA is D.

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Took around 8 mins 20 seconds , including 4 mins to read . Got the first question incorrect . In my opinion, OA D seems contentious .

Q32. It can be inferred from the passage that refraction would be most likely to cause errors in measurements of a mountain’s elevation under which of the following conditions?

One source of error is refraction, the bending of light beams as they pass through air layers of different temperature and pressure. Because light traveling. down from a summit passes through many such layers, a surveyor could sight a mirage rather than the peak itself. To reduce refraction errors, the Chinese team carried in sea level to within five to twelve miles of Everest’s summit, decreasing the amount of air that light passed through on its way to their theodolites. The Chinese also launched weather balloons near their theodolites to measure atmospheric temperature and pressure changes to better estimate refraction errors.

A. When there are local variations in sea level -- Incorrect
B. When light passes through humid air -- Irrelevant -- the cause of refraction is passage of light through air layers of different temperature and pressure
C. When theodolites are used relatively far from the mountain peak. -- greater distance itself won't cause refraction, but with increasing distance the probability of light passing through air layers of different temperature and pressure
D. When weather balloons indicate low air temperature and pressure. -- here we have to assume that a few layers of air through which the light passes will have air temperature and pressure that is not low -- maybe normal or high ?
E. When sea level has been carried in to Within five to twelve miles of the summit. -- This was a way to reduce refraction errors that was adopted by Chinese



AjiteshArun , mikemcgarry ,daagh ,egmat , GMATNinja , sayantanc2k , RonPurewal ,ChiranjeevSingh other experts -- can you please help with Q32 ?
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Took around 8 mins 20 seconds , including 4 mins to read . Got the first question incorrect . In my opinion, OA D seems contentious .

Q32. It can be inferred from the passage that refraction would be most likely to cause errors in measurements of a mountain’s elevation under which of the following conditions?

One source of error is refraction, the bending of light beams as they pass through air layers of different temperature and pressure. Because light traveling. down from a summit passes through many such layers, a surveyor could sight a mirage rather than the peak itself. To reduce refraction errors, the Chinese team carried in sea level to within five to twelve miles of Everest’s summit, decreasing the amount of air that light passed through on its way to their theodolites. The Chinese also launched weather balloons near their theodolites to measure atmospheric temperature and pressure changes to better estimate refraction errors.

A. When there are local variations in sea level -- Incorrect
B. When light passes through humid air -- Irrelevant -- the cause of refraction is passage of light through air layers of different temperature and pressure
C. When theodolites are used relatively far from the mountain peak. -- greater distance itself won't cause refraction, but with increasing distance the probability of light passing through air layers of different temperature and pressure
D. When weather balloons indicate low air temperature and pressure. -- here we have to assume that a few layers of air through which the light passes will have air temperature and pressure that is not low -- maybe normal or high ?
E. When sea level has been carried in to Within five to twelve miles of the summit. -- This was a way to reduce refraction errors that was adopted by Chinese

AjiteshArun , mikemcgarry ,daagh ,egmat , GMATNinja , sayantanc2k , RonPurewal ,ChiranjeevSingh other experts -- can you please help with Q32 ?


Hi Skywalker18! I'll jump in for Mike here :-)

In my opinion, this is not a very well written question, and not up to GMAT standards. As you and others have pointed out, both C and D have elements that could be considered correct. I think your analysis is correct here - for choice C, with increasing distance, there is a higher probability that light will have to pass through regions of different temperature and pressure, causing refraction. This is supported by the part of the passage that states "To reduce refraction errors, the Chinese team carried in sea level to within five to twelve miles of Everest’s summit, decreasing the amount of air that light passed through on its way to their theodolites."

For choice D, we can assume that if there is low temperature and pressure closer to the summit, there are likely different layers of temperature and pressure that the light has to travel through, which also will cause refraction errors.

So both answer choices have some merit here; again, I don't think this is a very well-written question. I wouldn't say that either C or D is substantially more supported by the passage.

Hope that's helpful! :-)
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