Distinguish between algorithm and flow chart

Subject Introduction to Computer System
NU Year Set: 6.(e) Marks: 3 Year: 2012

Distinguish between algorithm and flow chart

§  Flowchart is a pictorial representation; algorithm is done through step by step direction.

§  Flowcharts can be used in the organization of different processes for many different purposes; algorithms are used for mathematics and computer purposes.

§  Flowchart was introduced by Frank Gilbreth; the word ‘algorithm’ came from al-Khwarizmi.

§  The making of flowcharts is not that difficult and complex as compared to algorithms.

§  Flowcharts can be used for many different purposes like educational, algorithms and personal etc. whereas Algorithms are used for mathematics and computer purposes.

§  The algorithms can be expressed and analyzed through flowcharts; while flowcharts can be analyzed themselves.

§  Flowchart can be made quite creatively by involving different shapes as compared to algorithms.

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