[Tutor] python programmin problem

Danny Yoo danny.yoo at gmail.com
Sun Jul 24 16:28:11 EDT 2016

> You probably want to use a problem that has fewer moving parts.  Your
instructor likely has a much nicer introductory problem so that you can
learn the patterns of thinking through these problems.

Just to add: there are online resources you can use for this.  Khan
Academy, for example:
https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-science/algorithms.  For
self study, i can also recommend Introduction to Algorithms.

When I'm using the term "subproblem", I'm mentally recalling the training I
received from learning about recursion.  Recursion is much more than about
functions calling themselves. That is, if we've learned about recursion and
thought: "why use recursion when you have loops?", then we've missed a key
point, which is this: it's intended to teach how to think about subproblems
and synthesizing from them.  That's the answer I should have given to your
question about thinking about subproblems.

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