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A value p = 50 is initially entered. When S first has a value of S = 10, p has a value of _____________.
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51, 53, 57, 59, 61

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Re: IR numerical algorithm flowchart problem [#permalink]

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New post 17 Jul 2013, 04:26
I like this type of IR question because is not hard :lol: - that is, if a person keeps track of their work. This is my way of doing the problem:

S=12 (given)
P=50 (start)

as I mentally follow the chart, each time there is a change I add a number to P in order not to forget the value. So,

P(1)=51
P(2)=53
S(1)=11
P(2)=55
P(3)=57
P(4)=59
S(2)=10 (STOP)

And since this is IR, there are parts of the algorithm that are "useless" meaning that they are just there to confuse you.

So the correct answer is P=59

Thanks for the practice problem Mike

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