QUESTION TYPE: Weaken
CONCLUSION: Engineers should receive less math training.
REASONING: More computer programs that provide math solutions to engineering problems are being produced. Thus it is less necessary for engineers to thoroughly understand math.
ANALYSIS: Yikes. Would you like your bridge built by an engineer who didn’t understand math very well?
It’s possible this argument is correct, but it seems unlikely that the programs are a complete substitute for math knowledge.
- CORRECT. This weakens it. The programs can help, but only if you understand math.
- This shows that the programs may be useful and strengthens the argument.
- This slightly strengthens the argument by providing an example of a new subject engineers must learn apart from math.
- This shows that the programs could be used and strengthens the argument.
- This shows that engineers would have the training to use the programs and strengthens the argument.
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