December 2010 LSAT Section 1 Question 26

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

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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 39â€“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!