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Electronic Configuration

Electronic Configuration taught by football stadium metaphor

Jamie Weaver

on 6 October 2015

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Transcript of Electronic Configuration

1) Seats are labeled by section first;
1,2,3,..., etc.
2) Next comes how close they are to
the football field:
s = super close
p = pretty close
d = distant
f = far away
3) There are 2 seats per box. The closer seats have less space since the seating arrangement fans out as you go higher up.
"s" has 1 seat box
"p" has 3 seat boxes (px, py, pz)
"d" has 5 seat boxes (da, db, dc, dd, de)
"f" has 7 seat boxes
Rules for Seating
You've just been hired as a ticket coordinator for the football games at MSU! Your job is to fill up all of the seats in the stadium with spectators. But the people also need to know how to find their seats!
The University has designed a system that labels each seat with a code. This way patrons can easily find their seat.
For your on-the-job training you will need to know how to use this code flawlessly.

Let's take a look at the rules.
For this season only we are charging the same price for all of our tickets. Therefore the closest seats are on a first come first served basis. As such, you should
try to fill closer seats before
moving on to
seats that are further away

People have complained in the past about being seated next to strangers when there is a perfectly good and empty seat box right next to them! Therefore it is
university policy to seat 1 person per box (within a row) before pairing anyone up.
That means if one person is sitting in px then you would have to place the next person in py before you can place a 2nd person in px.
This is Section 1
So you are currently onto filling up Section 3.
Where does the next person sit?
Which way is correct?

What should the seating code on their ticket be?
But wait!
It wouldn't be fair to fill up Section 1 entirely before moving on to the other sections. You definitely want to fill up the closest seats first, but since
the entrance is by Section 1
you don't want to make everyone walk a long distance (and use lots of energy!) to the other sections if they don't have to. Therefore you decided to use a system that the last ticket coordinator, Dr. Aufbau, came up with (shown below).
We want everyone to use the least amount of energy.

Also, Section 1 by design doesn't have any "p" or "d" seats, and Section 2 doesn't have any "d" seats. Furthermore, seats in the "f" regions are only available in Sections 4 and 5 since those have upper sections to sit in.
Sample Code
Section 3
"d" seats
"p" seats
"s" seats
The last person's seat code
You just got a surge of ticket orders and need to seat another 5 people! Let's write out the ticket codes for each person.
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