December 2004 LSAT
Section 1
Question 21

# If the Morningside visit includes both Quinn and Vandercar, which one of the following could be true?

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shunhe on January 12, 2020

Hi @maybeillgetlucky,Thanks for the question! So weâ€™re told in this question that the M visit has both Q and V. Interestingly enough, Q has a rule prohibiting certain people from going after it, and V has a rule prohibiting people from going after it as well. Because of those two rules, M canâ€™t be the last site visited, since R and T have to go after Q. This creates two possibilities: either M is visited first or M is visited third. Letâ€™s say M is visited first. That means that we know that S also has to visit M on the first day, since S canâ€™t go after V. That leaves both R and T possible, with one visiting F on the second day and the other visiting H on the third day (since F always goes before H). We can actually stop at this point, since this shows that (E) is possibleâ€”M happens before F here, since M goes first. To help visualize, this looks like (first at the top, last at the bottom):

M: SVQ

F: R/T

H: R/T

The other possible scenario (in case youâ€™re curious) is where M goes second. We know Q and V visit M, and since S canâ€™t go before V, it could either visit M or F. But if S visits M, then one of R or T has to visit F, which would put it before Q, which we canâ€™t have. So we know that S has to visit F, and R and T have to visit H. So this scenario looks like:

M: S

F: QV

H: TRâ€¨

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any further questions you might have.

Lisam on January 27, 2021

Hello, I get that that she explained two of the plant site options for the scenarios M, F, H and F, M, H; how come she didn't add the third scenario which is F, H, M? I don't understand how she didn't count that in, or is that just going too far in the game and she just kept it at the two scenarios?