Using Algorithms to Solve Math Problems


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An algorithm is a(n) _____.

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1. Taking shortcuts in the steps of an algorithm _____.

2. Why might an algorithm be useful for solving a problem?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What is an algorithm? What would best exemplify an algorithm? These are the kinds of questions you can expect to encounter when you measure your knowledge using this brief quiz and worksheet combo.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

For this quiz, you will need to be able to:

  • Explain what an algorithm is
  • Note what's true about taking shortcuts in the steps of an algorithm
  • Discuss the usefulness of an algorithm for solving problems
  • Identify an example of an algorithm
  • Recognize a likely step in an algorithm to add two numbers

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about algorithms in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define an algorithm
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why algorithms are useful in solving problems and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding shortcuts in the steps of an algorithm

Additional Learning

Gain more insight into this math topic by reviewing the lesson called Using Algorithms to Solve Math Problems. You can expect to learn more about:

  • Which approach to adding a column of numbers is a good example of using an algorithm
  • What algorithms are meant to be
  • Where you can find algorithms to help you solve any type of math problem