Please respond to the following topic. Your posts should be about a paragraph. Your responses should be posted on this blog. The due date for the post will be next Friday, which is September 18th. After all the posts have been uploaded (after the 18th), I highly recommend that you look at the other members’ posts and comment on their posts. These comments can be anything from how the other member’s ideas differ from yours to what part of their thoughts are interesting and etc. After this process, all members will hopefully have an idea of what the general definition of algorithm is.


What do you think of when you hear the word “algorithm”? What is the general perception you have for algorithm? Define algorithm in your own words.

For reference, here is an excerpt from one of the posts I have written in the past:

Algorithm is referred to a group of rules or set of operations that must be performed to solve a problem. Simply put, algorithm is defined as a finite set of commands that one must follow to get an answer to a certain problem. The first thing that comes into one’s mind when one thinks of algorithm is probably a mathematical algorithm. From simple addition problems that one solved in kindergarten to complicated problem that involves calculus, algorithms are commonly used in mathematics. However, it is important to acknowledge that algorithms are applied to a wide range of subjects– mathematics just happen to be most well known out of them. While algorithms are most commonly used in mathematics and computer science, one can easily spot an application of algorithms in one’s daily life. For example, it isn’t very hard to spot a student playing around with a Rubik’s cube during recess. I remember that I was surprised to see how quickly my friends were able to solve a Rubik’s cube. I personally was very stunned when I found out that there are several algorithms that can be used to solve the Rubik’s cube. Like this, algorithms are applied in various fields.”



  1. I haven’t really thought of what algorithm really is before, so this post led me to look up what algorithm is and tried to understand it as easy as possible. I think people in their daily lives use algorithm without naming it. What I mean is that the ‘process’ of solving a problem itself is called algorithm, but no one comes up and says “I used algorithm.” They just say “I solved a problem!”. I think algorithm is practiced from early age without recognition. When we think about a problem and ways to solve it, that’s algorithm. Thus, I believe that many algorithms can exist to one existing problem.


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