ACT Science: Conflicting Viewpoint Passage Drill 1, Problem 9. According to Scientist 2, why do plant patterns come in waves or periods?
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Let’s take a look at the possible answers.
It’s helpful to keep in mind that whenever a sentence begins with “according to,”
that’s a good indicator that you should go back and look again at what they said.
For example, if someone said, “According to your uncle Gary, he wrestled a police horse
to try and get out of a parking ticket.”
You bet we’re going to go back and look at that.
Anyhow, the question is explicitly about Scientist 2, so let’s review just that part.
Let’s look at possible answer A: “Because auxin is produced in waves.”
Nope, that’s not what Scientist 2 said. At all. Not even close.
Answer B… wait, what? “Because that’s the way it happens?”
This is supposed to be science!
Saying something like “just because” is the exact opposite of science.
There’s no method, there’s no proof, no testing.
Oh gosh, don’t get me started. No, it’s not B.
What about C? “Because stress varies, and the structures that follow the pattern also vary.”
This sounds oddly familiar. In fact, it sounds like the same phenomenon Scientist 2 described.
OK, C, you look pretty good. We’ll come back to you in a second.
And, because good scientists never make a claim until they’re sure, we’re going to go check out D here.
“Because PIN1 is clustered in waves.”
Well, Scientist 2 never said anything of the sort.
There we have it, our answer is C. As in:
We’ll “see” Uncle Gary in 4 to 6 with good behavior.