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USACO Silver Advanced

The course is for students who have programming background or compete in USACO Silver 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:

  • be able to solve hard USACO Silver problems
  • comfortably implements USACO Silver level solutions
  • get ready for USACO Gold course

Prerequisites:

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

  • successfully completed A-Star USACO Silver Basic course
  • successfully completed AP Computer Science A course
  • scored more than 400 points in a USACO Silver contest

Topics:

Following topics will be covered with extensive exercises:

Fall semester:

  • Introductory USACO Silver problems
  • Sorting and Searching
  • Simple string processing
  • Non-recursive floodfill
  • Simulation problems
  • Greedy methods

Spring semester:

  • Recursion
  • Simple data structures
  • Depth first search
  • Breadth first search
  • Hard implementation problems

* Although this course has the same topics with USACO Silver Basic course, it has very brief lectures when necessary and much harder problem sets / projects as opposed to the other one.