What is an Algorithm? - Definition & Examples


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Which of the following is NOT an algorithm?

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What is the final output of the following algorithm?

For each integer between 5 and 10 (inclusive), square it. Then, find the sum of all of these squares.

2. Which of the following is NOT a correct algorithm to solve for x given the equation 3x = x + 4?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test you on algorithms, which are a commonly used tool in the mathematics and computer science worlds. They compute a finite list of instructions to process a high volume of data and information. To succeed on this quiz, you will need a firm grasp of mathematics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To prove your understanding of this topic, you will be quizzed on:

  • What is an algorithm
  • What isn't an algorithm
  • Determining the output of sample algorithms

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply the relevant concepts to examine information about types of instructions that are and are not algorithms
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to determine the outputs of various sample algorithms
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about algorithms

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, please refer to the accompanying lesson titled What is an Algorithm? - Definition & Examples. The lesson covers:

  • How to write an algorithm
  • Examples of algorithms
  • Where algorithms are commonly utilized