Outline for October 13, 2021

Reading: §6.9–6.10, 4.9
Due: Homework 2, due October 20, 2021

  1. What you can do with lists
    1. Check membership: in, not in
    2. +: concatenation
    3. *: repetition
    4. list[a:b]: slice list from a to b−1
    5. del list[i]: delete element list[i]; i can be a slice
    6. Add elements to, remove elements: L.append(x), L.extend(ls), L.insert(i, x), L.pop(), L.remove(x)
    7. Element ordering: L.reverse(), L.sort()
    8. Other: L.count(x), L.index(x)

  2. Searching a list
    1. Example use: linear search [linsearch.py]

  3. Lists as parameters: can change list elements in function and they are changed in caller [args2.py]

  4. More on parameters: named arguments and variable number of arguments [args3.py]

  5. isinstance(obj,type) function
    1. type is bool, float, int, list, str, tuple

  6. Recursion
    1. n factorial [nfact.py]

  7. Thinking recursively [recfun.py]
    1. First: think of the recursive case (write the problem in terms of something involving a smaller instance of the problem)
    2. Next: think of base case (when to stop)
    3. Example: Find the length of a string
    4. Example: Does the string only have alphabetic characters in it?
    5. Example: Find the maximum element of a list
    6. Example: Construct a string from a list of strings
    7. Example: Reverse a string

  8. Recursion
    1. Palindromes [palindrome.py]
    2. Fibonacci numbers [rfib.py]
    3. Sum of digits [sumdigits.py]
    4. Greatest common divisor [gcd.py]
    5. Nested lists: is an item in a list? [isinlist.py]
    6. Tower of Hanoi [hanoi.py]

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