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This is a learning activity that gives students an understanding of sorting with a hands-on experience. It is independent... see more

The lesson focuses on introducing the fundamental problem of “sorting an array” to pre-university students.

This video illustrates how several simple sorting algorithms operate, using people as the objects to be sorted.

A list of the most known sorting alforithms. For each algorithm an extensive description of it as well as a simulation... see more

Examples of Sorting Algorithms

It is a short video by Alister Christie. Using simple play cards, the operation of bubble sort is demonstrated.

Students are asked to sort the animals on the Sorting Animals worksheet and then count the number in each group.

A resource as plentiful as seashells on the beaches of Florida provides a great springboard for teaching about sorting... see more

Applet that demonstrates the performance of a variety of sorting algorithms. Included are Insertion Sort, Selection Sort,... see more

Illustrates the operation of the Selection Sort algorithm.

Illustrates the operation of the Insert Sort algorithm.

Illustrates the operation of QuickSort.

Graphical illustrations of a heap of sort algorithms. Just how much faster is QuickSort, anyway?

Students sort objects by type and then identify which group of objects has the most and the least.

Students sort shapes into categories, record their categories and frequencies, and identify the categories with the most... see more

Students sort illustrations of buttons, explain the how and why, and count the number in each group.

This applet animates 5 different sorting algorithms.

Java applet, which allows users to compare sorting algorithms.

Lesson focuses on the engineering behind industrial sorting processes. Working as an engineering group, students then... see more

Insertion sort is the sorting mechanism where the sorted array is built having one item at a time. The array elements are... see more

Created by Joan Garfield of the University of Minnesota, this activity provides students with 24 histograms representing... see more

Illustrates the operation of the Bubble Sort algorithm.

Illustrates the operation of a ""more efficient"" Bubble Sort algorithm.

Illustrates the operation of a breadth first Merge Sort, where the input list size is a power of 2.