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06 Jul 2004, 13:36
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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

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06 Jul 2004, 13:48
C. the first part is not an evidence. It is more like a hypothesis. Hence D is out.

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06 Jul 2004, 13:59
boksana wrote:
Why is it not E?

More and more program are making learning new fundamentals unnecessary. I think the structure of the sentence is giving it a "conclusion effect" but evidently it is just an addition to the actual evidence.

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06 Jul 2004, 16:30
C it is. 2nd statement in no way a conclusion by itself.

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06 Jul 2004, 18:21
C it is
Evidence: More and more computer programs that provide solutions to mathematical problems in engineering are being produced
Argument, premise 1: it is thus increasingly unnecessary for practicing engineers to have a thorough understanding of fundamental mathematical principles
Argument, premise 2: Consequently, in training engineers who will work in industry, less emphasis should be placed on mathematical principles
Inference: so that space in the engineering curriculum will be available for other important subjects

I bolded the key words which lead to either the argument or the inference. Why is the 2nd bolded portion an inference? Because if you do what the 2 premises of the argument say, then you can infer that there will be more space for other important subjects.

Knowing that there will more room for other important courses is in no way a conclusion to:
1- minimizing the rigor of the math curriculum
2- minizing the emphasis on math concepts
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07 Jul 2004, 00:44
Was between (C) and (E).

Will go with (C).

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07 Jul 2004, 00:53
Tough one. b/t C and E

here. i want to go with E.

two flag words, "thus" and "so" is giving clue about conclusion parts.

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07 Jul 2004, 08:57
first instinct E - whats the OA.

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23 Jan 2005, 13:14
Sorry for pulling this thread out so late. I am doing study on Boldface. What is the OA?

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24 Jan 2005, 11:14
I don't understand this. Further explanation please. thanks

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24 Jan 2005, 23:36
Great explanation, Paul. Thanks!

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