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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Programming for the Puzzled (January IAP 2018)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via MIT OpenCourseWare


Course Features
  • Video lectures
  • Assignments: programming with examples
Course Description

This class builds a bridge between the recreational world of algorithmic puzzles (puzzles that can be solved by algorithms) and the pragmatic world of computer programming, teaching students to program while solving puzzles. Python syntax and semantics required to understand the code are explained as needed for each puzzle.


Puzzle 1: You Will All Conform.
Puzzle 2: The Best Time to Party.
Puzzle 3: You Can Read Minds (with a little calibration).
Puzzle 4: Please Do Break the Crystal.
Puzzle 5: Keep Those Queens Apart.
Puzzle 6: A Profusion of Queens.
Puzzle 7: Tile that Courtyard, Please.
Puzzle 8: You Won't Want to Play Sudoku Again.
Puzzle 9: The Disorganized Handyman.
Puzzle 10: A Weekend To Remember.
Puzzle 11: Memory Serves You Well.

Taught by

Prof. Srini Devadas


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