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USACO Gold Basic

The level is for students who are competing in USACO Gold division. The language used is C++. Students who are familiar with Java also welcome. The course is composed of 24 sessions, 2 hours per session. The course is divided in two semesters; fall and spring, 12 sessions each. Each semester requires separate registration.

Objectives:

  • understand the concepts in USACO Gold level and be able to implement them
  • be able solve easy/medium USACO Gold problems

Prerequisites:

At least one of the following requirements has to be satisfied:

  • successfully completed A-Star USACO Silver Advanced course
  • scored more than 600 points in a USACO Silver contest
  • USACO Gold contestant

Topics:

Following topics will be covered with extensive exercises:

Fall semester:

  • Searching techniques
  • Data structures
  • Graph algorithms

Spring semester:

  • Dynamic programming
  • Greedy methods
  • Elementary geometric algorithms

* Although this course has the same topics with USACO Gold Advanced course, it has substantially more lecturing and easier problem sets / projects as opposed to the other one.

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