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Can my child write this program?

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:01 pm
by matermultorum
Is it possible/reasonable to write a program in javascript that will solve systems of equations using augmented matrices? Method at this site if you aren't familiar with it.

https://www.ck12.org/book/CK-12-Precal ... tion/8.6/




I didn't finish working through the text myself but my 10th grader did. Would she now know enough to do this? (I'll teach her how to do it by hand...)

Thanks,
Kendall

Re: Can my child write this program?

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:46 pm
by JeremyMoritz
Thanks for your question, Kendall!

While projects of this complexity are doable using only the tools I've taught in the book (primarily arrays, loops, and variables), the complexity is well above what i would recommend for someone who has only finished a beginner coding book. It's like teaching someone all the notes on a piano and then asking them to play a classical music piece using those notes.

I would encourage you to keep on with additional JavaScript books such as "JavaScript for Kids" or "JavaScript for Kids: For Dummies" (don't let the names fool you: both of these are more challenging than my book). These are both good resources for cementing what she has learned and expanding on it. Or have her learn HTML, as this is an excellent companion to JavaScript. My followup book (still in the works) is on the subject of HTML. If you would like the first chapter, send me a private message with your email address, and i'll send it to you.

Thanks!