The enthusiastic practitioners of fractal geometry mentioned in lines 39—40 would be most likely to agree with which ...

Shiyi on February 23 at 06:00PM

Why is B incorrect?

Why is B incorrect?

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Ravi on February 26 at 06:31PM

@Shiyi-Zhang,

Happy to help.

The question says, "The enthusiastic practitioners of fractal geometry
mentioned in lines 39–40 would be most likely to agree with which one
of the following statements?"

(B) says, "Fractal geometry will eventually be able to be used in the
same applications for which traditional geometry is now used."

Line 47 is the only place in the passage that mentions traditional
geometry. There, the author of the passage describes how the
enthusiastic practitioners of fractal geometry believe they'll be able
to describe complex natural forms, such as clouds, just as easily as
an architect is able to describe a house using the language of
traditional geometry. From this, all we can conclude is that the
enthusiastic practitioners think that fractal geometry will eventually
be used for DIFFERENT, but not the same types of applications that
traditional geometry has. In short, (B) is incorrect because it says
"the same applications" where instead it would need to read
"different" applications if it were to be correct. We can get rid of
(B).

(E) says, "Certain complex natural forms exhibit a type of
self-similarity like that exhibited by fractals."

These enthusiastic practitioners are discussed in the final paragraph
of the passage. Lines 42-48 provide information about what these
enthusiasts believe about fractals. They think that they could use the
fractals to describe the form of a natural shape, such as a cloud, "as
easily and precisely as an architect can describe a house using the
language of traditional geometry." In order for them to believe that
this is possible, they must believe that natural shapes such as clouds
can be broken down into fractals. From this, we know that they would
agree that clouds and other natural shapes/forms that the fractals are
to describe have to also be self-similar, just like the fractals.
Thus, we know that based on the information in the passage we've been
given about the enthusiastic practitioners and fractals, (E) is a
statement that the practitioners would agree on. This is the correct
answer choice.

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