Data Structures and Algorithms
- Grades 7-11
- Advanced CTY-Level
- Computer Science and Technology
We know that computers are great problem solvers, but there is human work that must be done before computers can work their magic: first, it is necessary to formalize the problem within a mathematical model, find an algorithm to solve the problem in that model, and implement the algorithm in a particular programming language. This course teaches you how to do behind-the-scenes work like designing, analyzing, and implementing algorithms within a programming language. You’ll study data structures such as arrays, lists, stacks, queues, trees, and sets to learn different ways of organizing data. You’ll analyze sorting, searching, and graphing algorithms to determine their runtime efficiency. By examining these fundamental algorithms, you and your classmates will learn how design decisions can affect their efficiency and scalability. A series of programming assignments will help you learn how to put these abstract ideas into practice. By the end of this course, you will have the conceptual tools necessary to model and analyze various types of computational problems.
Typical Class Size: 18-20
- Analyze the asymptotic performance of algorithms
- Construct detailed correct proofs for algorithms
- Elaborate on major algorithms and data structures
- Apply important algorithmic design standards and methods of analysis to programming
- Create efficient algorithms in common engineering design situations
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
|Required Level||Advanced CTY-Level||Not required|
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Course PrerequisitesData Structures and Algorithms requires:
CTY’s Fundamentals of Computer Science or at least a B+ in a high school or college-level computer programming course from an accredited provider
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
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These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis, Mark Weiss
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