Handout re: explaining algorithms

Posted on August 22, 2012 by shor
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This student handout gives guidance for explaining algorithms clearly. Advice includes knowing the knowledge level of the audience, stating the algorithm’s purpose before going into details, indicating the structure of the explanation, defining new terms in context, viewing a draft from the point of view of a reader, asking for peer feedback, and proofreading. From MIT’s Principles of Applied Mathematics.

 
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