Tutor profile: Peyton L.
Subject: Computer Science (General)
What are algorithms?
At their most basic, algorithms are a set of simple steps taken by a computer program to solve some sort of problem. Expanding on this concept unfolds a field of almost infinite complexity, and algorithms are being actively developed and researched as I type. Algorithms allow programmers to use the limited resources at their disposal to solve giant problems that wouldn't otherwise be solvable. To give an example, whenever you type a location into Google Maps and get the shortest possible route, and algorithm is what makes searching through a giant pool of data and finding an efficient route in such a short time possible.
Subject: C Sharp Programming
How do you write out comments in C# code, and why is writing comments important?
There are two main ways to write out comments- there are single line comments, represented by two backslashes like such - //This is a single-line comment And multiple-line comments, meant for long comments spanning multiple lines: /* Example of a multiple line comment */ Comments are essential to the programming process in general, not just to C#. Comments are meant for the humans who will be reading this code later, and aren't meant to be read by the computer at all. Generally, comments are removed by the compiler(the program that translates the program into something the computer can read) when the programmer goes to run the code. Comments are meant for the programmer to keep their code organized and easily understandable for the next person(including themselves) who will be working on the program. Comments are not as important for small programs of only a few lines of code, but as programs get larger and larger and require more people to work on them, having properly commented code will save the programmer a lot of future frustration and wasted time.
In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), there is considerable tension between the ideas of nature and nurture. Which side does the text seem to fall on- that people are blank slates ultimately formed by their experiences, or that their personalities are set from birth, an inherent part of their nature? Use textual evidence to support your hypothesis.
While it would be incorrect to say that Shelley dismisses the idea of nature playing a role in an individual's development, the text clearly places a greater emphasis on nurture as a defining force in the life of an individual. The text emphasizes that Victor Frankenstein was raised in a loving environment, with a father "devoted [to the] education of his children" and a tender, kind mother. Nothing in his environment discourages his natural vanity and desire for knowledge, and so his arrogance proceeds unchecked by his environment. The monster acts as a foil to Frankenstein. By nature the monster is kind and gentle, without arrogance or cruelty. Unlike Frankenstein, the monster is cursed with a hideous visage from birth, and so is surrounded by cruelty and ignorant hatred. This abuse eventually corrupts his inherent qualities and leads the monster down a path of malice and savagery, even though these traits were not inherent to his nature. In both the monster and in Victor Frankenstein, their inherent natures were bent to the power of their nurture. In Frankenstein his natural arrogance was unwittingly encouraged, while in the monster his gentleness was deformed in murderous malice. Without entirely dismissing the importance of nature, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein argues that nurture ultimately dictates the path and choices of an individual.
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