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<strong>CS301: USACO Bronze</strong>
<p style=”margin-left: 40px;”>This course is designed to help students to prepare for the USACO Bronze division competition and promote to the Silver division. Students will be extensively trained to properly interpret the questions and design algorithms to solve the problems. Accurate translation of the algorithms to code is the focus for the Bronze level competition. Students must be familiar with programming (Java or C++) to take this course.</p>
<p style=”margin-left: 40px;”>Students will be trained to master the fundamental skills including operations, program flow, arrays, ArrayLists, and recursion. These skills will be practiced extensively to help students accurately implement their algorithms to solve the USACO problems. Since each test case of the problems is allowed to no more than three seconds in Java, students will develop the sense of computational complexity to recognize when efficient algorithms are necessary if the brute force approach is too expensive. Problems from past contests will be examined closely.</p>
<p style=”margin-left: 40px;”>The sessions of this class are listed below.</p>
<p style=”margin-left: 80px;”>1. Java Overview
2. Loops: Game Score
3. Arrays: Finding Primes
4. Strings: Very Long Integers
5. Bases: Numeral System Conversion
6. Matrix: Connect Four
7. Case Study: Speeding Ticket (USACO 2015 Dec)
8. Case Study: Angry Cows (USACO 2016 Jan)
9. Case Study: Load Balancing (USACO 2016 Feb)
10. Case Study: Cow Routing (USACO 2015 Jan)
11. Case Study: Cow Routing II (USACO 2015 Jan)
12. Test Case: Clustering</p>

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