Problem Solving and Computing (CSC-103 98S)
Outline of Class 15: Writing Problems
Held: Tuesday, March 10, 1998
- Any status reports on the project (probably not, but I thought
- I spent too long trying to get a cool Java exercise ready for today
and failed miserably. Maybe Thursday.
- Today we're going to try an experiment: not solving problems, not
writing programs, but writing problems. Our strategy will be:
- Discuss writing problems
- Break up into small groups to write problems
- Present our problems
- Discuss those problems
- Where do the problems we solve come from? Who/what writes them?
- Problems come from a variety of sources. Here are some of the
ones I know of:
- Teachers trying to illustrate one or more concepts
- Variants of other problems
- Observations and simplification of "real life" problems
- How do we write good problems? I'm not sure, but trial and error seems
like one approach.
- Determine a domain.
- Write a problem.
- Try to solve it.
- Refine and repeat.