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Good morning students,

Last week we kept your assignment simple with a self-study day. This week, do not expect to be let off so easy.

For this week's assignment, we have assigned you a whopping 17 learning tools to study from, to make up for last week's break. The due date for successful completion of all 17 learning tools is Friday, February 11th, 2011. If you decide to pace yourself, and divide the studying equally, you will need to complete 3.4 learning tools per weekday.

Learning Tools for this Week

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Self-Study Day

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Greetings Students,

This week's lesson will be arriving late, due to the extra time we've committed to dealing with server issues we have been experiencing. Until we get this week's lesson up, do some studying from the list below, and enjoy some delicious French Toast.




Lesson 3: Sorting

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Greetings students,

This week's lesson is on Sorting Algorithms. To take part in this lesson, you will need three things:

  1. A Table
  2. Three small objects varying in size
  3. A glass of water

First, place your three small objects on the table in front of you. Optionally, you may place the glass of water on the table, off to one side. If you choose not to place the glass of water on the table, place it on the floor, but be careful not to knock it over with your feet. Next, notice the three small objects on the table. Take into account the varying length, width, and depth of each object.

Now we will employ a method known as Estimation to determine the sizes of the objects. Remember the values you recorded on the varying length, width, and depth of each of the objects? Combine these values in numerical form per each object and you will have yourself a rough estimate of the size of each of these objects. Now, our goal here is to sort the small objects on the table in order from top to bottom in order of smallest to largest. If you need a break before we begin, take a sip of water from the glass of water.

Lets take a moment to understand more about Computer Science. Since Sorting Algorithms are algorithms that put elements of a list in a certain order, we are going to pretend that we are a computer, and we are unable to think as a human would. Therefore, we must rely on our programming and carry out this programming without error. (Teacher's note: Computers are incapable of making mistakes, they are capable only of following their programming. This means that you are not allowed to make mistakes.)

Finally, the sorting begins. We are going to use a Bubble sort to sort these three small objects that are sitting on your table. The Bubble sort gets it's name from the brilliant London Scientist Toby S. Alexander who was pouring himself a glass of water in 1956, when he noticed that smaller bubbles move quicker to the top than larger bubbles do*, a phenomenon you may have noticed yourself when pouring your glass of water for this exercise**. A Bubble sort works by repeatedly stepping through the list to be sorted, comparing each pair of adjacent items and swapping them if they are in the wrong order. The pass through the list is repeated until no swaps are needed, which indicates that the list is sorted***. Say we have object 1, which we will refer to as "a", object 2 will be "b" just like a bee bee bee, and object 3 will be "c". The estimated size values we calculated earlier will directly follow our object identification letters (a,b,c.) This means, if a had a size value of 14, b had a size value of 10, and c had a size value of 3, we will call them a14, b10, and c3. Starting at the top, our bubble sort will take place as follows:

  1. Compare the next pair of adjacent objects.
  2. Swap the two objects if needed so that the lower value object is higher.
  3. Repeat until no swaps are needed.

Congratulations, you have completed your first Bubble sort! Toby S. Alexander would be proud.

In conclusion, the Bubble sort is just one of the many Sorting Algorithms at your disposal. We highly recommend utilizing these sorting algorithms in everyday life to accomplish a wide array of sorting goals. For all your difficult sorting tasks, we suggest the Bogosort as an extremely efficient sorting algorithm.

* no citation on bubble sort name origin available.

** probably not, huh?

*** Bubble sort from Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_sort

Homework for this week

Digby's Donuts

To further hone your sorting algorithm skills, this week's homework puts you in charge of an absolutely splendid doughnut bakery. Put to use what you've learned from this week's lesson and sort away!


Week 3: Freight Industry Economics

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Good day to you! Today's lesson is on Freight Industry Economics.

The freight industry has been around since the turn of the millenium. The first freight delivery ever made was said to be a case of clay sculptures from Egypt. Since then, the economics of freight have advanced significantly, as one would expect. Freight was first delivered by hand carts, much of which were constructed out of basic earth materials such as wood, iron, and pewter. Pewter was one of the first metals to be used in hand carts because of it's soft properties; most hand carts required softer metals to compose the towing handles.

Today, the freight industry is non-stop and never-ending. Twenty-four hours a day you can be sure that somewhere, there is a freight delivery taking place. Freight can be transported by truck, train, boat, aeroplane, and in some cased, even by helicopter. Freight is handled by educated personnel whom must undergo training and testing in order to be eligible for the position. Similarly, there are varied requirements to become a driver of a freight vessel, many of which require months if not years of training and educational study of course material.

Let's focus on Freight Economics. Obviously, freighters of all types need a management system. Without one, freight could never reach it's destination, could end up in the wrong place, or could even be lost. Modern economics science tells us that there is no set way to maintain such a system. There are many ways to go about dealing with the production, distribution and consumption of goods, however there is no definate answer to this problem. Many freight companies create their own way of dealing with management, and this is a good idea for all.

In conclusion, Economy is a Science.

This week's Homework

Air Transporter

In this Learning Tool,  you will explore the career properties of a freight helicopter pilot. Maybe this is a job for you in your future?

Sources for this article:

Princeton University WordNet http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=economics

Toby S. Alexander, a highly accomplished Australian freight industry specialist, who in 1963 established the first freight truck company.


Week 2: 2011

We're into the second week of 2011 already! Time flies, doesn't it?

This week's Learning Tools:

Bloons Insanity Pack

The Bloons series is definitely the most popular learning tool series on Extremetoaster, and for good reason! The New Zealand Bloons creator, "Chris" has brought us the Bloons 1 series, including several player packs, the Bloons tower defence series, and the very educational Bloons 2! Somewhere along the way, Bloons insanity pack was created, but never made it to Extremetoaster. In a continuing effort to bring you the most educational, enjoyable and empowering learning tools, we present to you, Bloons Insanity Pack.

Bloony Wheel

While searching for further additions to the Bloons series, we discovered this very unique learning tool called Bloony Wheel. Don't be fooled, this is not made by the same creator that made the Bloons series, but it's worth checking out, and we'll tell you why.

The goal of this game is simple: navigate to the finish line, which doesn't seem very different at first, but once you load up this learning tool you will see what makes this experience unlike any other. In this learning tool, you control a... uh... a... balloon attached to a wheel, which is just weird. You have the ability to move the wheel in either direction, and the balloon can help you along your way by making you lighter or heavier. Now this may still sound simple, but don't assume that this is an easy course of study. Along this academic experience you will encounter many obstacles and difficulties that will test your best physics skills, which include multi-level courses, dangerous ramps, and super sharp spikes, which can jeopardize your bloony friend!

More Bloony Education

Of course, we have a wide variety of related study material available in our extensive archive. Check out these Extremetoaster classics:

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A Final Note

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