Programming Fundamentals/Conditions/Nested Conditions

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Nested conditions perform a sequence of different computations or actions depending on whether programmer-specified Boolean conditions evaluate to true or false.[1] This activity introduces nested conditions. This activity will help you understand how to use nested conditions in a program.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Understand nested condition concepts.
  • Understand how nested conditions are specified in a program.
  • Single-step through a program to observe nested condition execution.

Prerequisites[edit | edit source]

Learners should already be familiar with conditions.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Flowgorithm nested conditions
Flowgorithm nested conditions

Review the flowchart example on the right.

Questions[edit | edit source]

  • What flowcharting symbol is used to indicate a condition?
  • How are nested conditions structured?

Activity[edit | edit source]

With a partner, perform the following:

  1. Using a visual programming language, create a program matching the flowchart on the right.
  2. Save the program.
  3. Test the program to verify that it works correctly.
  4. Trade places, so that both partners have an opportunity to "drive" the visual programming environment.
  5. Change the environment to use a slow run speed and/or step through the program one shape at a time.
  6. Working together, identify the nested conditions that would be used to either convert Fahrenheit temperature to Celsius or convert Celsius temperature to Fahrenheit, depending on user choice.

Applications[edit | edit source]

  • Identify specific steps which must be followed when creating a program using nested conditions.
  • Discuss your activity experience with your classmates. What surprised you? What have you learned that you can apply to your own school or work environment?

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