The magic of algorithm design and analysis: teaching algorithmic skills using magic card tricks

Joao Ferreira, Alexandra Mendes

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    Abstract

    We describe our experience using magic card tricks to teach algorithmic skills to first-year Computer Science undergraduates. We illustrate our approach with a detailed discussion on a card trick that is typically presented as a test to the psychic abilities of an audience. We use the trick to discuss concepts like problem decomposition, pre- and post-conditions, and invariants. We discuss pedagogical issues and analyse feedback collected from students. The feedback has been very positive and encouraging.
    Original languageEnglish
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    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event19th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Uppsala, Sweden
    Duration: 23 Jun 201425 Jun 2014

    Conference

    Conference19th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
    Country/TerritorySweden
    CityUppsala
    Period23/06/1425/06/14

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