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Foundations of Algorithms - Oct/Nov 2023

Ended Nov 8, 2023

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Full course description

Introduction to problem-solving and programming principles appropriate for scientific and technical applications. Development of step-wise refinement and program decomposition methods. Programming language concepts including iteration, selection, input-output protocols, arrays, structures, and subprograms. The programming language used is Java. In addition, this course will introduce the students to the principles of computer analysis of problems, design of algorithms, programming, and testing using the Java programming language. Topics include problem analysis basics of programming, inheritance, complexity, data structures, linked lists, stacks, queues, trees recursion, and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging.

Topic Details

Week 1 - Algorithmic Analysis

  • Design algorithms using pseudo-code
  • Use object-oriented programming methods to create computer validity programs that solve a variety of problems
  • Model multiple algorithmic solutions to computing problems and compare them
  • Assess different algorithmic approaches to optimization, performance, and accuracy

Week 2 - Object-oriented Design

  • Classes and objects
  • Inheritance and polymorphism

Week 3: Data structures

  • Primitive data structures such as integers, floating-point numbers, characters and booleans
  • Non-primitive data structures such as arrays, linked lists, stacks, queues, trees, graphs and hash tables

Week 4: Complexity Analysis

  • Sorting algorithms
  • Recursion
  • Complexity of Sorting Algorithms


Final exam


Wednesdays - weekly Zoom sessions with instructors (7-9 pm)

Wed October 11, 2023 - Wed November 8, 2023