Unit 5 Variables and Constants – CSF1

Michael Ramos M, Mitchell High School Student

No matter the field of work or profession, there is one thing that can be shared among almost any area of life; this is technology. Defined as the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, it can do things like warm up your coffee, or vacuum your home for you, substantially making your life easier every day. In unit 5 of my Computer Science Foundation class, we dove into the world of algorithms and lists, a component in computation that can calculate and run commands for you, cutting down on both time and money. Variables and constants are one of the essential tools in this, containing information that may or may not change over the course of the command. These work in lists, which dictate a limited number of ordered pairs. All three of these contribute to a program or a procedure for running scripts composed of algorithms that can all perform a specific task. This can even be experimented with something as accessible as Excel. These greatly reduce the need for user interface and gives the hard work to the computers.


This is crucial information for ace computer-based work, such as software engineering and even cybersecurity, but how can this be used in our own lives? If a career requires this knowledge, it is important to know, but even if one does not it can still be used from time to time. Say for example that you had to create a chart depicting the income for your business. In a situation like this you can create a chart, and then write down each number into the chart after completing your calculations by hand. While this is one way it can be done, it can also be completed by creating a program that calculates these terms for you and graphs an accurate chart as well. This cuts your workload in half and allows you to continue with newer projects more easily, even if not work related. This type of process for problem solving and completing tasks is key, especially in tougher situations. In an environment where we constantly rely on computers for work, entertainment and purchasing necessities, knowing how to utilize them properly is important to know.


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