# Homework Help: Algorithm sequence for change

1. Jul 5, 2014

### jonroberts74

only had a brief intro to algorithms like this

Given an amount of money A between.01 and .99, this determines the breakdown of A into quarters (q) dimes (d) nickels (n) pennies (p)

q:=A div 25
A:=A mod 25
d:= A div 10
A:= A mod 10
n:= A div 5
p:= A mod 5

I have to trace the algorithm for A=27

2. Jul 5, 2014

### Zondrina

So simply plug $A = 27$ in. Take note that the mod operator only works with integers.

$q := A/25 = 2$
$A := 27 \space mod \space 25 = 2$

Can you continue?

3. Jul 5, 2014

### jonroberts74

q:=A div 25 =1
A:=A mod 25 = 2
d:= A div 10 = 2
A:= A mod 10 =5
n:= A div 5 = 5
p:= A mod 5 = 2

??

4. Jul 5, 2014

### Zondrina

Yes sorry for the typo in my prior post. I meant $q := 1$.

I have bolded where you have made a slight error. It should read $A := 2 \mod 10 = 2$.

EDIT: Also, while it hasn't been mentioned yet, the line for $p$ should actually read something different. Is this for a programming class? If so the line for $d$ might also be wrong.

Last edited: Jul 5, 2014
5. Jul 5, 2014

### Zondrina

The proper algorithm should be this regardless though:

A = 27

q:= A div 25 = 1
A:= A mod 25 = 2
d:= A div 10 = 0
A:= A mod 10 = 2
n:= A div 5 = 0
p:= A mod 1 = 2

6. Jul 5, 2014

### jonroberts74

Its for a discrete math class

why is it A:= 2 mod 10 = 2 ?

A becomes the value from the previous line??

7. Jul 7, 2014

### cpscdave

The mod operator gives you the remainder from doing a division.
so for example (% being the mod operator)
1%5 = 1
2%5 = 2
3%5 = 3
4%5 = 4
5%5 = 0
6%5 = 1 etc