Definition: Problem-solving procedures or formulas that guarantee a correct outcome, if correctly applied.

Quite Simply...


  • Are a set of instructions for solving a problem or completing a process.
  • An equation that you follow in order to solve a problem.
  • A formula that you follow to get precise results each and every time.

Examples of Algorithms


  • Following the equation for the Pearson Correlation Coefficient
  • Following a set of directions to get to a friends house.
  • Following instructions on how to build a book shelf.
  • Recipes are algorithms for cooking
  • Completing a science experiment using the scientific method
  • Formulas such as the Pythagorean Theorem a^2+b^2=C^2
  • The quadratic formula
  • E=mc^2

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Problems When Relying on Algorithms


  • Algorithms shouldn't always be relied upon, like in situations where format (websites, software) changes frequently. Directions may be useful tools but the ability to overcome problems that arise without a set of rules is much more beneficial.

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Additional Resources


  1. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-an-algorithm.htm