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RecursionAlgorithmsPython ProgrammingTree (Data Structure)

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Approx. 15 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Romanian

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

5 hours to complete

Searching and Data Structures

5 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 104 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
11 videos
The Importance of Searching 2m
Generators7m
Stacks and Queues 9m
Inheritance 13m
Grid Class12m
Grid search9m
Mini-project Video9m
CodeSkulptor (optional video from our previous class)11m
Saving in CodeSkulptor (optional video from our previous class)9m
Beyond CodeSkulptor (optional video from our previous class)15m
6 readings
Mini-project Description10m
Math Notes on Growth Rates of Functions10m
Math Notes on Grid Representations10m
Math Notes on Breadth-First Search10m
Practice Activity - Sorting strings10m
Practice Activity - Working with Distance Fields10m
1 practice exercise
Homework 120m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Recursion

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 79 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Recursion 14m
Binary Search 14m
Visualizing Recursion 11m
Recurrences12m
Reading Files 8m
Mini-project Video13m
5 readings
Mini-project Description10m
Math Notes on Recurrence Relations10m
Practice Activity - Recursion10m
Practice Activity - Binary representations for numbers10m
Practice Activity - Visualizing recurrences10m
1 practice exercise
Homework 220m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Trees

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 51 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Lambda 6m
Trees12m
Illustration of Trees 7m
Minimax10m
Mini-project Video11m
6 readings
Mini-project Description10m
TTTBoard Class10m
Math Notes on Trees10m
Math Notes on Minimax10m
Practice Activity - Nim (Tree search)10m
Practice Activity - Drawing trees10m
1 practice exercise
Homework 320m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Modeling, Assertions, and Invariants

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 71 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Assertions 7m
Invariants13m
Modeling 11m
Software Development 14m
Mini-project Video11m
What is Algorithmic Thinking? 9m
4 readings
The Basics of the Fifteen Puzzle10m
Mini-project Description10m
Math Notes on Invariants10m
Practice Activity - Solitaire Tantrix10m
1 practice exercise
Homework 420m

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