Programming Contest Practice

posted by: Ms. Martin 30 November 2010 No Comment

“But Ms. Martin, I don’t like contests!!  I have a dance lesson on Saturday!!  I hate fun!!”

I hope many of you will be interested in joining us for the programming contest December 11th at University of Washington.  Register now.

Regardless of whether or not you plan to participate, I want you to do at least 6 practice problems for me to check off!

Why, you ask? The problems are a great way to bring together all that we’ve learned from expressions all the way to file input. Plus, they’re pretty satisfying — I think you’ll find them very approachable.

Pick any 6 from the following sets:

  • April 2009 contest – the problem number indicates how many points it is worth.  For example, problem 2.1 is worth two points while 9.1 is worth 9 points.  Naturally, the higher the point value, the harder the problem!  I recommend 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.6, 9.3 and 9.6 to practice skills we’ve specifically worked on.  Data files.  Extra data files.
  • Fall 2008 contest – the problem number indicates how many points it is worth.  For example, problem 2.1 is worth two points while 9.1 is worth 9 points.  Naturally, the higher the point value, the harder the problem!  I recommend 2.5, 2.6, 5.1, 5.4, 5.7, 9.1 and 9.8
  • Spring 2010 contest – this will be the format for this contest: all problems are worth 60 points. Data files
  • Advanced problems – the competition has two divisions: advanced and novice.  Advanced is for students who have completed a programming course.  Check these out, though, because there are many you can do now…
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