Algorithm Flowchart

A flowchart is a blueprint that pictorially represents the algorithm and its steps. The steps of a flowchart do not have a specific size and shape rather it is designed in different shapes and sizes (see the image given below).

Description: Algorithm Flowchart

As shown in the above image, the boxes in different shapes and interconnected with arrows, are logically making a flow chart. A flow-chart represents the general steps in a process.

Benefits of Flowchart

Let us now discuss the benefits of a flowchart.

Simplify the Logic

As it provides the pictorial representation of the steps; therefore, it simplifies the logic and subsequent steps.

Makes Communication Better

Because of having easily understandable pictorial logic and steps, it is a better and simple way of representation.

Effective Analysis

Once the flow-chart is prepared, it becomes very simple to analyzethe problem in an effective way.

Useful in Coding

The flow-chart also helps in coding process efficiently, as it gives directions on what to do, when to do, and where to do. It makes the work easier.

Proper Testing

Further, flowchart also helps in finding the error (if any) in program

Applicable Documentation

Last but not the least, a flowchart also helps in preparing the proper document (once the codes are written).

Flow-Chart Symbols

The following table illustrates the symbols along with their names (used in a flow-chart) −

NameSymbolNameSymbol
Description: Flow LineFlow LineDescription: Magnetic DiskMagnetic Disk
Description: TerminalTerminalDescription: Communication LinkCommunication Link
Description: ProcessingProcessingDescription: Offline StorageOffline Storage
Description: DecisionDecisionDescription: AnnotationAnnotation
Description: ConnectorConnectorDescription: Flow lineFlow line
Description: DocumentDocumentDescription: Off-Page ConnectorOff-Page Connector

Sample of Flow Chart

Description: Sample Flow Chart

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