josh321 wrote:PT 47, Sec. 1, Q.18
Ugh, this one. Kills people.
So I have a lot of comparisons in here, and comparisons are always important on the LSAT.
1) Temp decreases as you move up in the troposphere
2) The temp at the top of the troposphere is warmer at the poles than the equator
3) Temp increases as you move up in the stratosphere
4) Some junk about ozone that I don't care about.
The ozone stuff might come up in the correct answer, but I'm not thinking so - these comparisons are where the money's at. Whenever I have a comparison in an LR question, especially in the Implication family, chances are good it impacts the answer.
For this one, since I have so many comparisons, I'm not going to try to predict an answer. Just that it's going to deal with these comparisons.
A - I know the temp is different, but I don't know that's because of thickness. Maybe the starting temperatures are the reason for the different temps, not the thickness.
B - I know the temp of the stratosphere starts warmer over the poles, but I don't know what it's like once you get to the top of the stratosphere. Maybe one is thicker than the other. Maybe there's something else that makes it different. Who knows? I never compare the temps there, so I can't pick this AC.
C - Same explanation for here as in (B) - the only way I compare the poles to the equator is at the top of the troposphere. Without statements that allow me to compare their temps above that, I can't pick an answer choice that compares them.
D - Bingo. 3rd comparative statement. When the stratosphere begins, temperatures increase as you go up through the stratosphere. If that's true, then the top of the stratosphere is going to be warmer than the point of the troposphere directly below it. This is a direct consequence of one of my comparisons, so it's right.
E - Trying to get me to do science? Shame on you, LSAT. And, if anything, it seems like if we deplete the ozone layer, which heats the stratosphere, the stratosphere would cool down.