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GJackson on March 22, 2020

Setting up the logic diagram for questions 7-12

Hello, when setting up my initial diagram for 7-12 I initially assumed for position 1 was being used for the least amount of votes received and position 7 having the most amount of votes and then went on to diagram. This set up while technically correct made answering the questions quite confusing so I had to remake the entire diagram from scratch. Is there a way to understand at the beginning which direction, so to speak, to point the diagram?

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Skylar on March 22, 2020

@GJackson, happy to help.

Yes, we should initially know how to set up this diagram. The game explicitly tells us, "The manufacturer ranked the seven names according to the number of votes they received. The name that received the most votes was ranked first." Therefore, we know that spot #1 (ranked first) will have the most votes, while spot #7 (ranked last) will have the least votes.

With this, I have two recommendations:
1) Read the game carefully. If you feel like you have to make assumptions about how to diagram, be sure that the passage doesn't give you directions first.
2) It can be helpful to write "most votes" to the left of spot #1 and "least votes" to the right of spot #7 on your diagram in this instance. This serves as a reminder of how the diagram is ordered and may help to prevent mistakes later in the game if this order does not feel intuitive to you.

Does that make sense? Please let us know if you have any other questions!

GJackson on March 22, 2020

Ah thank you! I just reread the passage and realized I discarded that piece of information to begin with I'll keep an eye open for that in the future!

Skylar on March 22, 2020

@GJackson, glad it makes sense now. Let us know if you have any other questions and best of luck with your studies!