ACT Science 3.5 Research Summary Passage
ACT Science: Research Summary Passage Drill 3, Problem 5. Which of the following adaptations to the experiment would test whether the ants were using visual cues to return to the nest?
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And here are the potential options...
Here's our chance to modify the experiment! We get to PLAY GOD...
Those scientists had all of the fun, designing an apparatus for
falling ants -- now it's our turn...
But what exactly is the question asking us to do?
Looks like we need to change the experiment so that we can determine whether or not the
ants are using visual cues to return to the nest.
Hmm...key word: visual. tVisual means relating o sight...
...so making the gap larger, option A, doesn't do anything to test if the ants are using visual cues.
Don't we all close our eyes when we're falling?
What about B? Removing leaves from the foraging ground...well, that has nothing to do with
vision or returning to the nest...
A double negative...in this case, it does not make a positive...
Moving on to C. Should we repeat the same experiment in the dark?
Well, what's the difference between light and dark? If the ants are using visual cues,
then they can only see them... in the light!
So if we want to test the ants to find out if they're using visual cues, we should do
the experiment in the dark and see if the ants can get back to their nest.
C's our answer!
And if we want to look at option D...
removing all of the ants from the apparatus probably wouldn't help us.
But hey, if we're bored and feel like playing God some more...