Lesson Objective

To introduce brackets and the evaluation order in Go.

Success Criteria

  • I understand how to do simple sums in Go
  • I understand the order of the maths operators
  • I can use the brackets in sums in Go
  • I can create and run a new Go program

Key Vocabulary

  • Programming Language
  • Text Editor
  • Command Prompt
  • Terminal Window
  • Source code
  • Bracket
  • Operator
  • Operator precedence

Period of Study

KS2 Emerging

Co2/1.1 design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

Co2/1.2 use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output

Co2/1.3 use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

Maths - interger/whole numbers, simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The associative and commutative properties of addition and multiplication

SMSC

Resources/Homework

The pupils will need to have Go installed on the school computers. They will also need a text editor installed. For Windows/MacOS X and Linux they should install Atom. For RaspberryPi they should install liteIDE. See the install guides on the website for more details.

Prerequisites

Maths - the pupils should have been introduced to brackets and the laws of association and commutative for addition and multiplication.

Starter Activity

Ask the students what symbols are used for * addition * subtraction * multiplication * division

How do you write

  • 3 add 4
  • 6 subtract 1
  • five times 6
  • 10 divided by 2

in Go?

Main teaching points

  • Maths works as the pupils should expect. * is used for multiplication / for division.
  • Without brackets evaluation is left to right - as per algebra.
  • Multiplication and division are carried out before addition and subtraction. Multiplication and division have a higher operator precedence.
  • Brackets can be used to group terms. Brackets are used to make the evaluation order clear.
  • Addition and multiplication are both associative
  • Addition and multiplication are both commutative
  • Explain the program task and ask the pupils to type in and run the program.

For High Achievers

The pupils should know the symbols used for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in Go.

The pupils should understand that maths in Go is also evaluated left to right.

The pupils should know that multiplication and division are carried out before addition and subtraction.

The pupils should understand that multiplication and division have a higher precedence that addition and subtraction.

The pupils should understand that brackets can be used in maths in Go to group terms.

The pupils should understand that both addition and multiplication are associative.

The pupils should understand that both addition and multiplication are commutative.

The pupils should be able to open a terminal window, largely without support.

The pupils should be able to open the text editor, create a source code file and save it, largely without support.

The pupils should be able to type in the numbers program and run it successfully, largely without support.

For Middle Achievers

The pupils should know the symbols used for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in Go.

The pupils should understand that maths in Go is also evaluated left to right.

The pupils should know that multiplication and division are carried out before addition and subtraction.

The pupils should understand that brackets can be used in maths in Go to group terms.

The pupils should understand that both addition and multiplication are associative.

The pupils should understand that both addition and multiplication are commutative.

The pupils should be able to open a terminal window, with support.

The pupils should be able to open the text editor, create a source code file and save it, with support.

The pupils should be able to type in the numbers program and run it successfully, with support.

For Low Achievers

The pupils should know the symbols used for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in Go.

The pupils should understand that maths in Go is also evaluated left to right.

The pupils should know that multiplication and division are carried out before addition and subtraction.

The pupils should understand that brackets can be used in maths in Go to group terms.

The pupils should understand that both addition and multiplication are associative.

The pupils should understand that both addition and multiplication are commutative.

The pupils should understand that a computer can only process numbers.

The pupils should be able to open a terminal window, with considerable support.

The pupils should be able to open the text editor, create a source code file and save it, with considerable support.

The pupils should be able to type in the numbers program and run it successfully, with considerable support.

Plenary

Show the pupils this 15 / 2 and ask them what the answer is? (7 - this is integer division only. Any remainder is discarded.)

Get the pupils to add these lines to the program to prove it

fmt.Print("15 / 2 = ")
fmt.Println(15 / 2)

Can they spot the pattern to print a sum and its result? The pattern is:

fmt.Print( The sum in inverted commas )
fmt.Println( The sum NOT in inverted commas )

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