Turning automata theory into a hands-on course

Journal Article

We present a hands-on approach to problem solving in the formal languages and automata theory course. Using the tool JFLAP, students can solve a wide range of problems that are tedious to solve using pencil and paper. In combination with the more traditional theory problems, students study a wider-range of problems on a topic. Thus, students explore the formal languages and automata concepts computationally and visually with JFLAP, and theoretically without JFLAP. In addition, we present a new feature in JFLAP, Turing machine building blocks. One can now build complex Turing machines by using other Turing machines as components or building blocks. Copyright 2006 ACM.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rodger, SH; Bressler, B; Finley, T; Reading, S

Published Date

  • December 1, 2007

Published In

  • Proceedings of the Thirty Seventh Sigcse Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Start / End Page

  • 379 - 383

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/1121341.1121459

Citation Source

  • Scopus