Duke University

Pointers, Arrays, and Recursion

This course is part of Introductory C Programming Specialization

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Andrew D. Hilton
Anne Bracy
Genevieve M. Lipp

Instructors: Andrew D. Hilton

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There are 5 modules in this course

Pointers are one of the most important and powerful aspects of the C language. Pointers are critical to understanding arrays, which let you manipulate sequences of data. They also give a programmer control and flexibility when programming, enabling solutions that are clean and efficient. Some other languages use pointers implicitly—or pointer-like constructs—so understanding their use will make you a better programmer in any language.

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5 videos13 readings3 quizzes2 programming assignments

Arrays are sequences of memory of the same type that are guaranteed to be one after another. This is an incredibly useful data format, enabling you to store many things together under one variable name. In this module, you will learn how to use arrays to solve more complex problems and lay the groundwork for more complex data types.

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5 videos7 readings1 quiz4 programming assignments

Now that you have mastered the basics of pointers and arrays, it is time to see some important uses of them. In this module, you will learn about how to manipulate strings and multi-dimensional arrays. You will also learn about function pointers, which allow you to pass "which function to call" as the parameter of another function.

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4 videos16 readings2 quizzes4 programming assignments

By now you are familiar with iteration, in which repetition is expressed in terms of loops. Another programming technique to accomplish similar ideas is "recursion" in which a more complex instance of a problem is expressed in terms of solutions to simpler instances of the problem. In this module, you will learn how to read and write recursive code, giving you another powerful option for how to approach programming problems.

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9 videos8 readings1 quiz3 programming assignments

Now that you have learned about pointers and arrays, you will build on the code you wrote in Course 2 to build a deck of cards and evaluate a poker hand. In the next course, you will complete the program to calculate poker odds with a Monte Carlo simulation.

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3 readings2 programming assignments

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Andrew D. Hilton
Duke University
16 Courses1,030,737 learners
Anne Bracy
Duke University
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