ACSL Beginner

ACSL1

Class Description:

The ACSL is the longest running computer science contest in the United States since 1978. This year the 2020-2021 is open to people online worldwide through KTBYTE. This club will allow students to review material, receive live instructions practicing historical contests, and participate together as a team in KTBYTE.

Clubs are run by qualified, award-winning KTBYTE Teaching Assistants.

Prerequisites:

Junior Age 12-15, Grades 7-9

Sample Projects:

Extensive Problem Set Review

Syllabus

Computer Number Systems (Binary, Octal, Decimal, Hexadecimal)

We covered how to convert from decimal to binary and binary to decimal. We also covered conversion from binary to octal and hex and back.

Computer Number Systems (Binary, Octal, Decimal, Hexadecimal)

Great! We finished VOL41, 2018-2019 Contest 1 ; and we started VOL42, 2019-2020 Contest 1: Students completed Problem 1 in-class, and problems 2-5 are left for homework.Time permitting, we will also work on the 2019-2020, VOL 42 contest problems, which are: 1. What is the base 10 equivalent for 1357_8? 2. Which of the following is the largest number? 657_8, 1AD_16, 430_10 ? 3. Evaluate 3275_8 + 4653_8 - 657_8 . Express the answer in octal. 4. How many binary numbers have more 1's than 0's in the range of numbers from 16 to 31 in base 10 inclusive? 5. What is the sum of the decimal values of the red and the blue components for a color that is represented by the hexadecimal number A85F1C_16 ?

Computer Number Systems (Binary, Octal, Decimal, Hexadecimal)

We will be covering the solutions to the homework from last time (VOL42 2019-2020 Elementary Contest 1 Problems 2-5). We covered all of 2019-2020 and completed 2016-2017 contest problems 1 and 2 in club. For homework, do problems 3-5. 1. Which of the following is the largest number? 657_8, 1AD_16, 430_10 ? 2. Evaluate 3275_8 + 4653_8 - 657_8 . Express the answer in octal. 3. How many binary numbers have more 1's than 0's in the range of numbers from 16 to 31 in base 10 inclusive? 4. What is the sum of the decimal values of the red and the blue components for a color that is represented by the hexadecimal number A85F1C_16 ? .

Working through Higher level problems

For this week, we will actually be doing some Junior Division problems! From the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 contests. Back then, there was no Elementary division, but I think a lot of our students can now handle these problems from a higher division.

Prefix, Infix and Postfix Notation

We introduced Contest 2 concepts relating to prefix/infix/postfix notation. For this class, I will begin by reminding students of PEMDAS/order of operations, and then I will transition into converting from infix to prefix, infix to postfix, etc. Near the end of class, I will review 2017-2018 elementary Contest 2 problems with students, with any unfinished work being assigned for homework.

Prefix, Infix and Postfix Notation

Finished reviewing the two contests’ worth of material that I’ve distributed so far. Afterwards, we’ll try a couple practice problems, and then finally I will talk about WHY prefix/ postfix notations are more advantageous for machines to use

Prefix/Postfix/Infix Notation

Today I will begin by reviewing how computers process prefix/postfix notation. Afterwards, we will go over the solutions to last week’s HW, and then we will look at contest 2 problems from last year

Prefix/Postfix/Infix Notation

Today will be the last class that we will be using to focus on Contest 2. I plan to allocate the first 30 minutes to a practice test, the next 15 minutes for reviewing the solutions to the practice test, and the last 15 minutes for introducing boolean algebra. If your child has already taken Contest 2, then I will have them read an article about boolean algebra. During the first 30 minutes of class, anyone reading this article will be able to send me any questions they have through the chat feature in GoToMeeting. By the end of the week, I would like everyone to have taken Contest 2 on HackerRank, though you technically have until March 7th to complete it.

Boolean Algebra

Today I plan on teaching truth tables as well as not, and, and or operations (sorry if that last part was confusing). After today, students should feel comfortable answering the first three questions of any given Contest 3 practice test.

Boolean Algebra

Due to popular demand, we’ll dedicate this week to more truth table practice. Truth tables are a concept that is VERY important for contest 3, so please try to attend today’s class!

Boolean Algebra

Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather outside! Today, I plan on teaching simplification techniques and tautologies.

Boolean Algebra

Today I will begin by reviewing the HW from last week. Then, I will quickly review simplification techniques as well as equality. Afterwards, students should know all material necessary to score a 5 on contest 3. Time permitting, we'll also have a competition where the top three highest scoring students will receive a shoutout in this chat :D

Boolean Algebra

Hi everyone! Today we'll begin by reviewing any questions that students might have. Afterwards, we'll have another competition with a set of new contest 3 questions!

Boolean Algebra

Hi everyone! Today we’ll have another mini competition, this time with the 2020 contest problems. As Kelsey said, the deadline to take contest 3 is in 10 days, so I recommend that students take the test by next class. NEXT THURSDAY, we’ll have a customized work day where I’ll give out a practice test to those who would like final practice with contest 3, while those who have taken contest 3 will be able to read an introduction to Graph Theory (the contest 4 topic) and ask questions.

Boolean Algebra/Graph Theory

Hi everyone! Today we will have an in-class workday. Students who have not taken contest 3 (DEADLINE TO TAKE IS THIS SUNDAY) will be able to try a final practice test, while students who have take contest 3 will be able to read an introduction on graph theory (the contest 4 topic).

Graph Theory

Hi everyone! I'd just like to start off by saying that I am VERY pleased with everyone's performance on contest 3! Of the 20 individuals who took the test, 12 students scored a 5, and 4 students scored a 4. Today, I will introduce graph theory with an example involving a map of the US.

All Class Times

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