Example Problem Set

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This a problem set for you to work through [1]

This is a problem set. Some of these are easy, others are far more difficult. The purpose of these problems sets are:

  1. to build your skill applying computational thinking to a problem
  2. to assess your knowledge and skills of different programming practices

What is this problem set trying to do[edit]

This is example problem set. In this example we are learning about lists, conditionals, and processing user input.

The Problem[edit]

At a prestigious international school, we have only 5 administrators, Michael, Carol, Jen, Constance and TJ. Your program should ask the user to type in their name. If their name matches one of our administrators, your program must output a special greeting. If the user input is any other name (does not match the list of administrators) your program should simply output a simple greeting.

There is no testing for user input. That is, if a user enters a number, an integer, or nothing, your program should not evaluate the input.

Unit Tests[edit]

  • User Input: Name: Bill
  • Expected output: Hello Bill
  • User Input: Name: TJ
  • Expected output: An administrator! Hello TJ
  • User Input: Name: 123
  • Expected output: Hello 123

Hacker edition[edit]

In the hacker version:

  • Your program should test for valid user input. The user input should be only allow for strings


How you will be assessed[edit]

Your solution will be graded using the following axis:


  • To what extent does your code implement the features required by our specification?
  • To what extent is there evidence of effort?


  • To what extent did your code meet specifications?
  • To what extent did your code meet unit tests?
  • To what extent is your code free of bugs?


  • To what extent is your code written well (i.e. clearly, efficiently, elegantly, and/or logically)?
  • To what extent is your code eliminating repetition?
  • To what extent is your code using functions appropriately?


  • To what extent is your code readable?
  • To what extent is your code commented?
  • To what extent are your variables well named?
  • To what extent do you adhere to style guide?


A possible solution[edit]

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