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**Reference :Understanding Computers**

Flow Charts Reference :Understanding Computers Chapter 13

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Definitions Flowchart: is a diagrammatic representation that illustrates the sequence of operations to be performed to get the solution of a problem.

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**Standard Symbols Used ? A A1 Start Print Results Calculate Variables**

Start Or Stop Process Start Print Results Input/Output A On-Page Connector ? Yes No Condition Calculate Variables Process Rectangle A1 Off-page Connector

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**How to Write a Program? Start Define Problem to Solve**

Think of an Algorithm Think of a Technique for the Solution Write Solution on a Piece of Paper If not Finished Repeat Steps 4 and 5 Write Code and Program Debug and Test If not Finished Repeat Steps 7 and 8 Stop

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**How to Write a Program ?(flowchart)**

Start Job Done? No Define Problem to Solve Think of an Algorithm (Technique for the solution) Yes Write Code and Program Idea!!!! Debug and Test Think of a Technique for the solution Job Done? No Yes Stop Write it down on a piece of paper (before you forget it!!!)

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**Definitions An Algorithm A computer program makes use of algorithms.**

Is a complete step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing a task. ( Where the algorithm is represented by drawing “Flowcharts” )

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**Basic Flow Chart Operations**

All computer instructions are based on four basic processing patterns: Simple Sequence Selection Pattern Loop Pattern

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1.Simple Sequence Logic involves executing instructions one statement after another, in the order presented by the program. This is the simplest and most-used pattern. The computer assumes that all instructions are to be executed in this order unless the program presents other instructions.

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**Read Names Compare with Criteria Print Eligible Names**

Basic Operations of Flow Charts (Simple Sequence) Read Names Compare with Criteria Basic Operations of Flow Charts (Simple Sequence) Print Eligible Names

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2. Selection Pattern Requires that the computer make a choice among two or more items. Each choice is based on one of two comparisons a computer can make: true or false (Yes or No).

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**Basic Operations of Flow Charts (Selection Pattern)**

Honour Student? List under Student Loan Yes Scholarships No

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3. Loop Pattern Directs the computer to loop back to a previous statement in the program, repeating the same sequence over again, usually with new data. By looping, the programmer avoids having to repeat the same set of instructions over and over

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**Basic Operations of Flow Charts (Loop Pattern)**

More Names? No Yes Compare with Criteria Print Eligible Names

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Uses of Flow Charts Flowcharts play a vital role in the programming of a problem and are quite helpful in understanding the logic of complicated and lengthy problems. Once the flowchart is drawn, it becomes easy to write the program in any high level language. Often we see how flowcharts are helpful in explaining the program to others. Hence, it is correct to say that a flowchart is a must for the better documentation of a complex program.

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Uses of Flow Charts……. Flow Charts document processes and interrelationships of process steps Flow Charts identify actual and ideal paths where any product or process flows Flow Charts are used to identify problems and potential improvements Flow Charts can be completed on entire processes assemblies with all components, one person or component through a process, combinations of people and machines, transactions following forms or other documents, etc.

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**Advantages of Flow Charts**

Communication: Flowcharts are better way of communicating the logic of a system to all concerned. Effective Analysis: With the help of flowchart, problem can be analysed in more effective way. Proper Documentation: Program flowcharts serve as a good program documentation, which is needed for various purposes.

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**Advantages of Flow Charts….**

Efficient Coding: The flowcharts act as a guide or blueprint during the systems analysis and program development phase. Proper Debugging: The flowchart helps in debugging process. Efficient Program Maintenance: The maintenance of operating program becomes easy with the help of flowchart. It helps the programmer to put efforts more efficiently on that part.

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**Disadvantages of Flow Charts**

Complex Logic: Sometimes, the program logic is quite complicated. In that case, flowchart becomes complex and clumsy. Alterations and Modifications: If alterations are required the flowchart may require re-drawing completely. Reproduction: As the flowchart symbols cannot be typed, reproduction of flowchart becomes a problem. The Essentials of what Is Done can easily be lost in the technical details of how it is done.

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Case Study - 1 A certain Company gives each of its sales people $1,000 at the beginning of each month to cover travel, lodging, and food expenses. At the end of the month, a salesperson must total his/her expense receipts. If the amount is less than $1,000 then the difference must be returned to the company. Case Study - 1

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**Case Study – 1 (Solution)**

Here is an algorithm for figuring how much money, if any, must be returned: 1-Total the expense receipts for the month. 2. Subtract the amount of the expense receipts from 1,000. 3. If the remainder is more than 0, return that amount to the company.

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**Case Study – 1 (Flow Chart)**

Start Input Expenses E Yes E<1000? Subtract Expenses R <= 1000-E No Print You Owe $0 Case Study – 1 (Flow Chart) Print You Owe $R Stop

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**Assume the Employee has Spent**

Case Study – 1 (Solution 1) Assume the Employee has Spent $1250 What would be the amount to return to the company in this case?

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**Case Study – 1 (Solution 1)**

Start Input Expenses E<1000 ? Yes E=$1250 Subtract Expenses R <= 1000-E No Print You Owe $0 R= $0 Print You Owe $R Stop

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**Case Study – 1 (Solution 2)**

Now Assume the Employee has Spent $950 What would be the amount to return to the company in this case?

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**Case Study – 1 (Solution 2)**

Start Input Expenses E<1000? E=$950 R = E = $950 Yes Subtract Expenses R = 1000-E No R= $50 Print You Owe $0 Print You Owe $R Stop

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**Basic Guidelines for Flow Charting**

In drawing a proper flowchart, all necessary requirements should be listed out in logical order. The flowchart should be clear, neat and easy to follow. There should not be any room for ambiguity in understanding the flowchart. The usual direction of the flow of a procedure or system is from left to right or top to bottom

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**Basic Guidelines for Flow Charting(Cont.)**

Only one flow line should come out from a process symbol.

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**Basic Guidelines for Flow Charting (Cont.)**

Only one flow line should enter a decision symbol, but two or three flow lines, one for each possible answer, should leave the decision symbol. Y N ? < = ? >

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**Basic Guidelines for Flow Charting (Cont.)**

Only one flow line is used in conjunction with terminal symbol. Stop Start

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**Basic Guidelines for Flow Charting (Cont.)**

Write within standard symbols briefly. As necessary, you can use the annotation symbol to describe data or computational steps more clearly. If the flowchart becomes complex, it is better to use connector symbols to reduce the number of flow lines. Avoid the intersection of flow lines if you want to make it more effective and better way of communication. Basic Guidelines for Flow Charting (Cont.)

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**Basic Guidelines for Flow Charting (Cont.)**

Ensure that the flowchart has a logical start and finish. It is useful to test the validity of the flowchart by passing through it with a simple test data Basic Guidelines for Flow Charting (Cont.)

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Case Study - 2 Draw a flowchart to find the sum of first 5 natural numbers.

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Sum = 0 Stop N = 0 N = N + 1 ? N = 5 Start Sum = Sum + N No Yes Print Sum N Sum 1 1 2 3 3 6 4 10 5 15

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Case Study - 3 Draw a flowchart to find the largest of three numbers A,B, and C.

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**Case Study - 3 Start Read A, B, C ? B > C ? A > B ? A > C Yes**

No Yes Yes No No Print B Print C Print C Print A Stop

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**Case Study – 3 - (Solutions)**

Consider four input cases: 1. A = ; B = ; C = 3 2. A = ; B = ; C = 7 3. A = ; B = ; C = 7 4. A = ; B = ; C = 3

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**Case Study – 3 (Solution 1)**

Start B = 7 Read A, B, C C = 3 ? B > C ? A > B ? A > C Yes No Yes Yes No No Print B Print C Print C Print A Stop

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**Case Study – 3 (Solution 2)**

Start B = 6 Read A, B, C C = 7 ? B > C ? A > B ? A > C Yes No Yes Yes No No Print B Print C Print C Print A Stop

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**Case Study – 3 (Solution 3)**

Start B = 3 Read A, B, C C = 7 ? B > C ? A > B ? A > C Yes No Yes Yes No No Print B Print C Print C Print A Stop

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**Case Study – 3 (Solution 4)**

Start B = 3 Read A, B, C C = 3 ? B > C ? A > B ? A > C Yes No Yes Yes No No Print B Print C Print C Print A Stop

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Case Study - 4 Draw a flowchart for computing factorial N (N!). Where N! = 1 ´ 2 ´ 3 ´ …… N . Test the program for N = 5

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**Case Study – 4 N 5 i Fact 1 1 1 2 2 3 6 4 24 5 120 Start Read N**

Stop i = 0 i = i + 1 ? i >= N Start Fact = Fact * i No Yes Print Fact Read N N 5 Case Study – 4 i Fact 1 1 1 2 2 3 6 4 24 5 120

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