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 analyze the 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) −

Name Symbol Name Symbol
Description: Flow Line Flow Line Description: Magnetic Disk Magnetic Disk
Description: Terminal Terminal Description: Communication Link Communication Link
Description: Processing Processing Description: Offline Storage Offline Storage
Description: Decision Decision Description: Annotation Annotation
Description: Connector Connector Description: Flow line Flow line
Description: Document Document Description: Off-Page Connector Off-Page Connector

Sample of Flow Chart

Description: Sample Flow Chart

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