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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 34

In the previous post in this series, we looked at some operators that take in two numbers and produce some kind of pair of numbers, an ordered pair, in a way that can be reversed. Here’s another way to produce … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 33

In this series we have looked at various examples of operators, and most of our attention has been on operators where what comes out is a number, and what comes in is one or two numbers.  Some examples of two-numbers … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 31

In the prior post in this series, we looked at the kind of operators typically encountered in school (K-12), whether or not they are called operators.  Many of them are single number input – single number output, but not all.  … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 29

In this series, we’ve been looking at simple machines where pushing a button invokes an operator that changes the state of the machine.  Stopwatches, coffee makers, calculators are all examples of such machines – some simpler than others.  Many of … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 28

The prior post in this series showed that we can get complex and rich behavior from combining simple operators and feeding their output back to their input (through what is called “state”, and the whole arrangement is known as a … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 26

In the previous post in this series, we linked two state machines together, weakly, by arranging to press their Start buttons at the same time and to press their Next buttons at the same time.  As a result, we got … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 25

In this series, we’ve looked at operators in various ways.  Recently, we’ve looked at state machines that invoke the same operator repeatedly, and generate a sequence of numbers in doing so.  Conversely, sequences of numbers can often be modeled as … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 24

In the previous post in this series, we started to model recurrence relationships with state machines: The idea is that we have a device with two buttons and a screen; after we press the Start button, we can press the … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 23

In this series, we’ve been looking at operators as something that modifies the state of some machine or device, usually triggered by the pushing of a button.  We’ve looked quite a bit at operators that operate on numbers, for example … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 22

In this series, we’ve lately been modeling a four-function calculator as a state machine.  A state machine moves from state to state based on operators that are invoked through button presses.  Operators  take their input, do something with it, and … Continue reading

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