What is an Algorithm?Date: 08/08/97 at 19:11:58 From: Wes Edge Subject: What is an Algorithm? Dr. Math, I have been reading up on computers and microprocessors. The word algorithm keeps coming up. Can you give me any hints about this? Like your Web Site! I foresee many hours reading everthing. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to educate us! Wes Date: 08/09/97 at 12:01:51 From: Doctor Anthony Subject: Re: What is an Algorithm? An algorithm is a step-by-step procedure by which an operation can be carried out. For example a computer follows a set of instructions which constitutes an algorithm for solving a particular problem. In elementary arithmetic, the extraction of square roots by the repeated application of a simple process is an 'algorithm' familiar to most people. -Doctor Anthony, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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