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Solutions for Session 3, Part B

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Problem B1


The output is 12.


The output is 16.


For an input n, the algorithm performs n >> 2n >> 2n + 2 >> n + 1 >> n - 6 >> 4n - 24.


Knowing that the output is 4n - 24 means that we have to solve 4n - 24 = 28, an equation that is solved by n = 13. This means that the input must be 13.


The input is 14.


The input is 18.


The input is 15.

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Problem B2

Working backwards from the end of the algorithm to the beginning will undo it. There are other strategies, such as writing equations for each of (d)-(g).

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Problem B3

Algorithm B "undoes" everything that Algorithm A does.


Take the input (the output of Algorithm A) and


Divide it by 4


Add 7


Double it


Subtract 2


Halve that


There's your output (of Algorithm B)

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Problem B4

Test it out. See if you can figure out why it works by thinking of the algorithms as driving directions. Where would you end up if someone gave you directions like Algorithms A and B, and asked you to do them both? In short, yes, they undo each other.

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