It can be inferred that the authors of the two passages would be most likely to agree on which one of the following s...

Boram on January 16, 2019

Answer choice (e)

Can you explain why answer choice (e) is correct? I know that simulating large-scale trends are mentioned in the first passage and the parallel computing system in the second, but I am having trouble connecting them together. Thank you!

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MichelleRod on January 22, 2019

Thanks for your question @Boram

Passage B defines "parallel computing" as "thousands of computers working simultaneously to solve one computation-intensive problem." The author of the first passage never explicitly uses the term "parallel computing," the method they discuss where "The calculations are divided among the individual desktop computers, which work simultaneously on the overall problem." Based on the definition of "parallel computing" given in Passage B, it's clear that both authors are discussing parallel computing.

Passage A teaches us that large-scale climate trends are computation-intensive. Passage B states that parallel computing is ideal for computation-intensive problems.

This so how we know that both authors would agree that parallel computing would be the best means for simulating large-scale climate trends.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

Shiyi-Zhang on May 26, 2019

I did not choose E because of the word "best". Could you explain why the authors both agree it is the best method?

Ravi on May 28, 2019


Regarding (E), passage A's author believes that using multiple
computers at the same time is a much better method of simulating
climate trends than just having one computer doing this task. Although
passage A's author never states this as parallel computing, we know
that this is an instance of parallel computing because passage B gives
us a description of what parallel computing is. Additionally, because
climate trends "share a large number of similar elements" (lines
38-39), the author of passage B would certainly suggest that its
problems would be able to be solved by using parallel computing. From
this, we can infer that the authors would both agree that parallel
computing is the best method for simulating large-scale climate

Does this make sense? Let us know if you have any other questions!