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CS 240: Lecture 25 – Expression Tree Lab

Dear students: Today we will devote our entire time together to a lab on expression trees. Follow these guidelines: You may work with one other person. If there’s an odd number of people, one group of three is permitted. Complete the lab using a single computer. Take turns at the keyboard. Talk to each other. […]

CS 240: Lecture 24 – Binary Trees

Dear students: We put the sorts behind us. Of course, nothing ever goes away in software development. We just put layers on top of it. Most of the time, we concern ourselves only with the outermost layer of abstraction: what are the methods named and what parameters do they expect? This class is meant to […]

CS 240: Lecture 22 – Sort Review

Dear students: In today’s lab, we’ll work through a few exercises to investigate radix sort and review the five sorting algorithms we’ve discussed: Radix sort exercise Sort review There’s nothing to turn in. Ask lots of questions! TODO You have some work to do before the next class: Complete the second take of mastery quiz […]

CS 240: Lecture 21 – Quicksort and Radix Sort

Dear students: Today we’ll start by walking through the exercises that you started working on last time. We’ll calculate the best and worst case running times of quicksort and reason about why it’s still considered a good sort even though its worst case is no different than insertion sort or selection sort. During the remainder […]

CS 347: Project 2 – Web Service – due October 28

In this second project, you will create a web service that will be consumed by a React client, which you will develop as part of the third project. Your project must meet the following expectations: Your service will not manage a to-do list. This is overdone. Come up with something interesting and original. You will […]

CS 240: Lecture 21 – Quicksort

Dear students: Mergesort has some nice worst case running time, but have you check out quicksort? It too takes a recursive, divide-and-conquer approach to sorting. Here’s the overall algorithm: public static void quicksort(int[] items) { quicksort(items, 0, items.length – 1); } private static void quicksort(int[] items, int left, int right) { int pivotIndex = (left […]

CS 240: Lecture 20 – Recursion Lab

Dear students: Today we will devote our entire time together to solving some programming challenges on Leetcode using recursion. Complete these exercises in Java: 203. Remove Linked List Elements 206. Reverse Linked List 21. Merge Two Sorted Lists 24. Swap Nodes in Pairs 2. Add Two Numbers Find these problems by clicking on the Problems […]

CS 240: Lecture 19 – Mergesort

Dear students: Insertion sort and selection sort can be written in just a few lines of code, but the energy consumption of each of those lines is quite high. Both are $\Theta(n^2)$. Suppose you have a processor that runs at 3.5 gigahertz. That means its clock ticks many times per second. Let’s generously assume that […]

CS 347: Lab 15 – The People’s Dictionary Continued

Dear students: Welcome to lab. Now’s your chance to apply the ideas you read about. Find a partner and complete as much of the task below as you can. At the end of our time together, paste your files into Crowdsource in order to receive credit. Task 1 Your first task in this lab is […]

CS 347: Lab 14 – The People’s Dictionary

Dear students: Welcome to lab. Now’s your chance to apply the ideas you read about. Find a partner and complete as much of the task below as you can. At the end of our time together, paste your HTML files into Crowdsource in order to receive credit. The People’s Dictionary Your task in this lab […]

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