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Slide 1 of 40 Topic & Structure of the lesson In this chapter you will learn about: Problem Solving Algorithm Pseudocodes Flowcharts

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Slide 2 of 40 Key Terms you must be able to use If you have mastered this topic, you should be able to use the following terms correctly in your assignments and exams: program pseudocode flowchart algorithm

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Problem Solving Techniques In this chapter you will learn about: What problem solving is The software development method of problem solving using computers Basic algorithm control structures The sequence structure The selection structure The repetition structure Slide 3 of 40

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Problem Solving Techniques By the time you have completed this chapter,you will have acquired the ability to: Apply the software development method to solve problems Difference between the Algorithm & the Flowchart Knowing about the control structures Slide 4 of 40

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Problem Solving A great discovery solves a great problem but there is a grain of discovery in the solution of any problem. Your problem may be modest; but if it challenges your curiosity and brings into play your inventive faculties, and if you solve it by your own means, you may experience the tension and enjoy the triumph of discovery. Such experiences at a susceptible age may create a taste for mental work and leave their imprint on mind and character for a lifetime. – George Polya Slide 5 of 40

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Problem Solving First: You have to understand the problem. UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM What is the unknown? What are the data?What is the condition? Is it possible to satisfy the condition?Is the condition sufficient to determine the unknown?Or is it sufficient?Or Redundant? Or Contradictory? Draw a figure.Introduce suitable notation.Separate the various parts of the condition.Can you write them down? Slide 6 of 40

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Problem Solving Second: Find the connection between the data and the unknown. Auxiliary problems may be devised if needed. You should obtain eventually a plan of the solution. DEVISING A PLAN Have you seen it before? Or have you seen the same problem in slightly different form? Do you know a related problem? Look at the unknown! Try to think of a familiar problem having the same or similar unknown. Split the problem into smaller, simple sub-problems. If you cannot solve the proposed problem try to solve first some related problem. Or solve more general problem. Or special case of the problem. Or solve the part of the problem. Slide 7 of 40

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Problem Solving Third: Carry out your plan. CARRYING OUT THE PLAN Carrying out your plan of the solution,check each step. Can you see clearly that step is correct? Can you prove that it is correct? Fourth: Examine the solution obtained. LOOKING BACK Can you check the result? Can you derive the result differently? Can you use the result, or the method, for some other problem? Slide 8 of 40

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Problem Solving Slide 9 of 40 The software development method The software development method consists of the following steps: Requirements specification Analysis Design Implementation Testing and verification Documentation

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Algorithmic Problem Solving Algorithmic problem: Any problem whose solution can be expressed as a set of executable instructions. Algorithm: A well defined computational procedure consisting of a set of instructions, that takes some value or set of values, as input, and produces some value or set of values, as output. Slide 10 of 40

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Algorithmic Problem Solving Derived from the name of Mohammed al-khowarizmi, a Persian mathematician in the ninth century. Al-khowarizmi--Algorismus(in Latin)--Algorithm An algorithm is like a recipe, that converts the ingredients into some culinary dish. The formal written version is a program. Algorithms/programs are the software.The machine that runs the programs is the hardware. Slide 11 of 40

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Algorithmic Problem Solving Slide 12 of 40 Ingredient Recipe (software) Cooking utensils (hardware) Al-gong Bah-kut-the

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Characteristics of an Algorithm Slide 13 of 40 Each step of an algorithm must be exact, preciously and ambiguously described. It must terminate, i.e. it contains a finite number of steps. It must be effective, i.e.., produce the correct output. It must be general, i.e.. to solve every instance of the problem.

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Characteristics of an Algorithm Slide 14 of 40 An Algorithm is implemented in some programming language. program = Algorithm + Data Structures. Data Structures refer to the types of data used and how the data are organized in the program. An algorithm is usually presented in the form of some pseudo-code, which is a mixture of English statement,some mathematical notations,and selected keywords from a programming language.

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Characteristics of an Algorithm Slide 15 of 40 PROBLEM: You are required to design a complete system which will enable the sum of two values to be calculated. An Algorithm should emphasize the WHAT’s and not the HOW’s. Consider the problem below:

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Problem Solving Slide 16 of 40 To grapple with this problem, we have to understand the problem from the human perspective. A question to ask yourself is this, “How Would You Calculate the Sum of Two Values?”

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Problem Solving Slide 17 of 40 As the computer is also a device similar to the way in which the human brain functions, the process of calculating the sum of two values can also be easily performed by the computer. =

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Problem Solving Slide 18 of 40 Input Processing (Brains) Output

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Problem Solving Slide 19 of 40 Input Device Output Device CPU (Brains)

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Problem Solving Slide 20 of 40 5 10 15 5 + 10 = 15 Input Processing Output Let us assume we are interested in calculating the sum of 5 and 10.

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Problem Solving Slide 21 of 40 As shown previously, the example values (5 and 10) have been specified explicitly. As the brain is flexible enough in calculating a wide range of numbers, the two input values have to be generalised.

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Problem Solving Slide 22 of 40 Value1 Value2 Sum Sum = Value1 + Value2 Notice that instead of using specific numbers, variables are used to represent these values.

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What Are Variables? Slide 23 of 40 Variables are memory locations within the computer which allows pieces of data to be stored. The word variable comes from the word vary, which means that whatever you place within a variable can be changed. A variable can be viewed as a container used to store things. Data (for example, name, age, salary) can be stored in these containers.

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What Are Variables? Slide 24 of 40

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Problem Solving Slide 25 of 40 Now that we have an exact idea about how the problem is solved, let us represent this in a clearer manner, using the defining diagram. InputProcessingOutput Value1 Value2 Sum

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Problem Solving Slide 26 of 40 The next step is to identify the actual processing steps required to convert the input to become the output. InputProcessingOutput Value1 Value2 Sum1)Read Value1, Value2 2)Calculate Sum 3)Display Sum

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Algorithm Development Slide 27 of 40 Once the defining diagram has been developed, the next logical step is to develop the algorithm (which is much more detailed). InputProcessingOutput Value1 Value2 Sum1)Read Value1, Value2 2)Calculate Sum 3)Display Sum The developed processing steps have to be more detailed in the algorithm.

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Algorithm Development Slide 28 of 40 The basic mathematical operators used in algorithms are as follows:- +addition -subtraction *multiplication /division =assignment ( )brackets for grouping calculations

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Algorithm Development Slide 29 of 40 Example of an algorithm (using pseudocodes) which can be used to carry out the tasks outlined in the defining diagram is as follows:- 1)Read Value1, Value2 2)Calculate Sum = Value1 + Value2 3)Display Sum

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Pseudocoding Slide 30 of 40 A Pseudocode language is semiformal, English- like language with a limited vocabulary that can be used to design and describe algorithms. The pseudocode language can be used for: Designing algorithms Communicating algorithms as programs Implementing algorithms as programs Debugging logic errors in program

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Pseudocode for the Control Structures Slide 31 of 40 The Sequence Control Structure: The sequence control structure is a series of steps or statements that are executed in the order in which they are written in an algorithm. For Example: read taxable income read filing status compute income tax

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Cont’d Slide 32 of 40 The Selection Control Structure: The selection control structure defines two courses of action, depending on the outcome of a condition. A condition is an expression that, when evaluated, computes to either true or false. Syntax is: if condition then-part else else-part end-if

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Decision Making Slide 33 of 40 Being able to mimic the way the human brain works, the computer also has the ability to make decisions. Decision making can be represented in pseudocodes using the IF...THEN construct. IF (expression) THEN : ENDIF

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Decision Making Slide 34 of 40 IF (expression) THEN : ENDIF The expression is a comparison between two values which evaluates to either true of false. Statements are placed here.

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Decision Making Slide 35 of 40 Example:- We are looking for a job which pays more than RM4000. IF (Salary>4000) THEN Say "I Will Take The Job!!" ENDIF Example of an Expression

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Decision Making Slide 36 of 40 Commonly used relational operators in expressions:- >Greater Than <Less Than =Equals To Not Equals To >=Greater Than or Equals To <=Less Than or Equals To ( )Brackets used for prioritising certain calculations

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Decision Making Slide 37 of 40 Since all expressions works out to be either true or false, what the IF..THEN statement represents is a two-state condition. For example, A potential employer is waiting for you to give a reply (on the spot) about the job offer with a salary of RM2000. Your decision would be to only take a job worth more than RM4000. What would you say? IF (Salary>4000) THEN Say “YES!” ELSE Say “NO!” ENDIF

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Decision Making Slide 38 of 40 Certain conditions may give rise to more than one expression being evaluated. These are known as compound expressions. Example:- You are interested in taking up a job which pays more than RM4000 and that the company must also provide a credit card. IF (Salary>4000) And (CreditCard=YES) THEN Take Job!! ENDIF

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Decision Making Slide 39 of 40 Compound expressions can be represented using the following operators:- ANDEvery expression must evaluate to be true in order for the whole expression to be true. ORAs long as any one of the expression can be true, the entire IF statement will be true. NOTThe inverse (opposite) of the entire expression.

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Decision Making Slide 40 of 40 IF statements can be nested, that is, placed within another IF statement. This is used in situations when the expression is more complex than the simple decisions (as seen earlier).

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Decision Making Slide 41 of 40 IF (Salary>4000) And (CreditCard=YES) THEN Say “Yes I Will Take The Job!!” ENDIF For example, this statement......... can be represented like this......... IF (Salary>4000) THEN IF (CreditCard=YES) THEN Say “Yes I Will Take The Job!!” ELSE Say “No Credit Card?” Say “Sorry!!” ENDIF ELSE Say “Not Enough Pay!!” ENDIF........whereby more possibilities can be represented.

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Decision Making Slide 42 of 40 For good practice........... IF (Salary>4000) THEN IF (CreditCard=YES) THEN Say “Yes I Will Take The Job!!” ELSE Say “No Credit Card?” Say “Sorry!!” ENDIF ELSE Say “Not Enough Pay!!” ENDIF........ensure that statements are properly indented to indicate block of statements which belong together.

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Cont’d Slide 43 of 40 For Example: if a is greater than b then print “A is greater” else print “B is greater” end if

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Cont’d Slide 44 of 40 Repetition Control Structure: The repetition control structure specifies a block of one or more statements that are repeatedly executed until a condition is satisfied. Syntax is: while condition loop-body end-while

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Looping Constructs Slide 45 of 40 Looping constructs (also known as repetition or iteration constructs) are a kind of construct found in pseudocodes which allows statements (or a group of statements) to be repeated. The main reason why looping constructs are provided is because most of the problems which we encounter everyday requires some degree of repetition.

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Looping Constructs Slide 46 of 40 An example of a process which is iterative:- Payroll processing is very much an iterative process as the person processing the payroll applies the same calculations for each employee to produce the pay slip.

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Looping Constructs Slide 47 of 40 The looping constructs available in pseudocodes are as follows:- DOWHILE...ENDDO FOR…NEXT REPEAT...UNTIL

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Looping Constructs Slide 48 of 40 The format of the DOWHILE...ENDDO construct is shown below:- DOWHILE (expression) : ENDDO Group of statements An expression which determines whether the loop will continue.

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Looping Constructs Slide 49 of 40 The format of the FOR...NEXT construct is shown below:- FOR (initialze TO expression) STEP increment : ENDDO Group of statements An expression which determines whether the loop will continue.

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Looping Constructs Slide 50 of 40 The format of the REPEAT...UNTIL construct is shown below:- REPEAT : UNTIL (expression) Group of statements An expression which determines whether the loop will continue.

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Looping Constructs Slide 51 of 40 Take a look at the following example:- You are required to develop a complete system which will allow the total payroll to be calculated. The system is required to read in the amount to be paid for each employee. The moment the system receives an input value of -99, the system is required to stop and display the total payroll.

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Looping Constructs Slide 52 of 40 InputProcessingOutput SalaryTotal1)Read Salary 2)Calculate Total 3)Display Total The Defining Diagram

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Looping Constructs Slide 53 of 40 Algorithm (Using Pseudocodes) 1)Display "Enter Salary" 2)Read Salary 3)Total = 0 4)DOWHILE (Salary<>-99) Total = Total + Salary Display "Enter Salary" Read Salary ENDDO 5)Display "Total Payroll = ", Total

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Cont’d Slide 54 of 40 Example: Dowhile (income is less than 50000) print “Enter taxable income;should be greater than or equal to 50000” read income Enddo

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Desk Check Table Slide 55 of 40 A desk check table is used to verify the correctness of the design. This is to ensure that the program which will eventually be developed is going to produce the answer which is required. The desk check table is developed based on the following steps:- 1)Identify the data sets. 2)Identify the expected results. 3)Trace through the algorithm with the data sets using a trace table. 4)Analyse & compare the results produced in step (3) and the expected results in step (2).

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Desk Check Table Slide 56 of 40 Identify Data Sets InputProcessingOutput Value1 Value2 Sum1)Read Value1, Value2 2)Calculate Sum 3)Display Sum Focus on the input section of the defining diagram and identify some possible values (data sets) which can be used to test the system.

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Desk Check Table Slide 57 of 40 Identify Expected Results InputProcessingOutput Value1 Value2 Sum1)Read Value1, Value2 2)Calculate Sum 3)Display Sum Focus on the output section of the defining diagram and identify some possible values which the system will produce based on the data sets.

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Desk Check Table Slide 58 of 40 Trace Table - Data Set 1 Read Value1Value2 53 Sum Calculate8 Display Do the results match the expected results?

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Desk Check Table Slide 59 of 40 Trace Table - Data Set 2 Read Value1Value2 813 Sum Calculate21 Display Do the results match the expected results?

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Desk Check Table Slide 60 of 40 Trace Table - Data Set 3 Read Value1Value2 159 Sum Calculate24 Display Do the results match the expected results?

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Program Flowcharts Slide 61 of 40 As humans are more inclined towards understanding diagrams and pictures rather than words, pseudocodes tends to become tedious to understand if too lengthy. Program flowcharts, because they are represented graphically, makes understanding easier.

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Program Flowcharts Slide 62 of 40 The following are the commonly used symbols for drawing program flowcharts. terminator off-page connector processstorage decision making document input/outputconnector arrowheads

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Program Flowcharts Slide 63 of 40 Begin Read Value1, Value2 Calculate Sum = Value1 + Value2 Display Sum End

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Program Flowcharts Slide 64 of 40 Begin Read Amount End Amount>20.00? Calculate Actual=Amount * 0.80 Calculate Actual=Amount NO YES

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Flowcharting Slide 65 of 40 Another technique used in designing and representing algorithms. Alternative to pseudocoing A pseudocode description is verbal, a flowchart is graphical in nature. Definition: A flowchart is a graph consisting of geometrical shapes that are connected by flow lines.

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Sequence Structure Slide 66 of 40 Pseudocode:Flowchart: statement_1 statement_2 ------------ statement_n Statement -1 Statement -2 Statement -n

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Selection Structure Slide 67 of 40 Pseudocode:Flowchart: if condition then-part else else-part end_if condition else-part then-part true false

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Selection Structure Slide 68 of 40 Pseudocode:Flowchart: if condition then-part end_if condition then-part true false Y N

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Repetition Structure Slide 69 of 40 Pseudocode: Flowchart: while condition loop-body end-while condition loop-body F T Y N

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Summary Problem Solving– the process of transforming the description of a problem to its solution. To Solve complex problems, we use computers as a tool and develop computer programs that give us solutions. A commonly used method for problem solving using computers is the software development method,which consists of six steps. Slide 70 of 40

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Summary 1.The Requirements specification, provides us with a precise definition of the problem. 2.In the analysis phase we identify problem inputs,outputs,special constraints, and formulas and equations to be used. 3.The design phase is concerned with developing an algorithm for the solution of the problem. Slide 71 of 40

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Summary 4.The implementation of an algorithm is a computer program.When executed, it should produce the solution to the problem. 5.Program Verification is the process of ensuring that a program meets user requirements. 6.Program testing, on the other hand, is the process of executing a program to demonstrate its correctness. 7.Program Documentation facilitates the use of the program,future program maintenance efforts,and program debugging. Slide 72 of 40

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Summary An algorithm is a sequence of a finite number of steps arranged in a specific logical order that, when executed, produce the solution for a problem. A pseudocode language is a semiformal,English-like language with a limited vocabulary that can be used to design and describe algorithms. Slide 73 of 40

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Summary Any algorithm can be described in terms of three basic control structures.They are the sequence,selection and repetition structures. The top-down stepwise refinement of algorithms is a fundamental problem-solving strategy. A Flowchart is a graphical representation of an algorithm. Slide 74 of 40

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Slide 75 of 40 Quick Review Question 1.State the difference between the Dowhile – Enddo structure and the Repeat – Until structure. 2.Write an algorithm that will display the first hundred even numbers using the Do-While loop.

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Slide 76 of 40 Follow Up Assignment This is an individual piece of work. Your source code will be discussed at the end of the next lesson.

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Slide 77 of 40 Summary of Main Teaching Points Problem Solving Pseudocodes Flowcharts Basic control structures The sequence structure The selection structure The repetition structure

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