Getting Started [5 minutes]
The most common student suggestion from the previous discussion was to encourage groups to talk more. Please make sure that you work through the worksheet together. If you get ahead, stop and help your other group members for a while until they are caught up with you. Stay in sync like a dance group.
VERY IMPORTANT: In this discussion, you're not allowed to use a Python interpreter or run any code. Figure things out and check your work by thinking about what your code will do. Not sure? Talk to your group! Someone will know. If not... (You won't get to run Python during the midterm, so get used to solving problems without it now.)
To get help from a TA, send a message to the
discuss-queue channel with the @discuss tag and your discussion group number.
What everyone will need:
- A way to view this worksheet (on your phone is fine)
- A way to take notes (paper or a device)
What the group will need:
- Someone taking notes on a device (perhaps right here on this webpage) who is willing to share their screen of notes with a TA. They should open Discord. (It's fine if multiple people do this, but not everyone has to.)
Warm up question: what do you think
(lambda x: 2 * (lambda x: 3)(4))(5) evaluates to? Talk about it with your whole group and then post a message to your group's Discord text channel that says: "We all think it's ###" (but replace ### with the answer).
Call Expressions [15 minutes]
It's time to draw an environment diagram. You can use paper or a tablet. Talk to your group about how you are going to draw it, then go through each step together.
Q1: Nested Calls Diagram
Draw the environment diagram that results from executing the code below.
def team(work): return t(work)-1 def dream(work, s): if work(s-2): t = not s return not t work, t = 3, abs team = dream(team, work + 1) and t
Here's a blank diagram in case you're using a tablet:
When you've all agreed on the diagram, check it against the solution on tutor.cs61a.org. (No peeking until your group has come up with an answer!)
If you didn't get it right and don't understand why, send a message to the
discuss-queue channel with the @discuss tag and your discussion group number and talk it through with someone from the course staff.
Higher-Order Functions [60 minutes]
Remember the problem-solving approach from last discussion; it works just as well for implementing higher-order functions.
- Pick an example input and corresponding output. (This time it might be a function.)
- Describe a process (in English) that computes the output from the input using simple steps.
- Figure out what additional names you'll need to carry out this process.
- Implement the process in code using those additional names.
- Determine whether the implementation really works on your original example.
- Determine whether the implementation really works on other examples. (If not, you might need to revise step 2.)
Q2: Make Keeper
make_keeper, which takes a positive integer
n and returns a
f that takes as its argument another one-argument function
f is called on
cond, it prints out the integers from 1 to
n) for which
cond returns a true value when called on each of
those integers. Each integer is printed on a separate line.
Don't run Python to check your work. You can check it just by thinking!. If you get stuck, ask the staff for help.
Once your group has converged on a solution, now it's time to practice your ability to describe your own code. A good description is like a good program: concise and accurate. Nominate someone to describe how your solution works and have them present to the group for practice. Then, send a message to the
discuss-queue channel with the @discuss tag, your discussion group number, and the message "Listen up!" and a member of the course staff will join your voice channel to hear your description.
If no one comes right away, feel free to work on the next problem until someone from the staff shows up.
Q3: Digit Finder
find_digit, which takes in a positive integer
k and returns a
function that takes in a positive integer
x and returns the
kth digit from
the right of
x has fewer than
k digits, it returns 0.
For example, in the number 4567, 7 is the 1st digit from the right, 6 is the 2nd digit from the right, and the 5th digit from the right is 0 (since there are only 4 digits).
Important: You may not use strings or indexing for this problem.
Hint: Floor dividing by a power of 10 gets rid of the rightmost digits.Run in 61A Code
Stop here until everyone understands the solution.
Q4: Match Maker
match_k, which takes in an integer
k and returns a function
that takes in a variable
x and returns
True if all the digits in
k apart are the same.
match_k(2) returns a one argument function that takes in
and checks if digits that are 2 away in
x are the same.
match_k(2)(1010) has the value of
x = 1010 and digits 1, 0, 1, 0 going
from left to right.
1 == 1 and
0 == 0, so the
match_k(2)(2010) has the value of
x = 2010 and digits 2, 0, 1, 0 going
from left to right.
2 != 1 and
0 == 0, so the
Important: You may not use strings or indexing for this problem. You do not have to use all the lines; one staff solution does not use the line directly above the while loop.
Hint: Floor dividing by powers of 10 gets rid of the rightmost digits.Run in 61A Code
If you have time, practice your ability to describe your own code again. Nominate someone else to describe how your solution works and have them present to the group for practice. Then, send a message to the
discuss-queue channel with the @discuss tag, your discussion group number, and the message "Match with us!" and a member of the course staff will join your voice channel to hear your description.
Lambda Lightning round [5 minutes]
If you have time, try these. If you don't have time, that's ok. You've already worked on the most important part of the discussion.
Q5: Make Your Own Lambdas
For the following problem, first read the doctests for functions
Then, implement the functions to conform to the doctests without causing any errors.
Be sure to use lambdas in your function definition instead of nested
Each function should have a one line solution.
Document the occasion
Please all fill out the attendance form (one submission per person per week).