CS173: Intro to Computer Science - The ArrayList

Activity Goals

The goals of this activity are:
  1. To be able to create, access, and iterate an ArrayList
  2. To be able to explain that an ArrayList is a dynamic array that allows for expansion at runtime
  3. To be able to dynamically grow and shrink an ArrayList
  4. To use objects such as the ArrayList that accept templated/generic data types

Supplemental Reading

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The Activity


Consider the activity models and answer the questions provided. First reflect on these questions on your own briefly, before discussing and comparing your thoughts with your group. Appoint one member of your group to discuss your findings with the class, and the rest of the group should help that member prepare their response. Answer each question individually from the activity on the Class Activity Questions discussion board. After class, think about the questions in the reflective prompt and respond to those individually in your notebook. Report out on areas of disagreement or items for which you and your group identified alternative approaches. Write down and report out questions you encountered along the way for group discussion.

Model 1: The ArrayList


  1. What is the purpose of the <String> notation when creating the ArrayList?
  2. What would be the effect of creating an ArrayList that stored another ArrayList?
  3. What is the size of the ArrayList prior to calling remove()? What is the size after the call?
  4. Suppose a friend needed to remove every other element from an ArrayList (say, the ones with an even numbered index). Looping for i = 0 to arr.size(), they remove each element if (i % 2 == 0) but the wrong elements seem to be removed. What happened, and what can we do instead?


Submit your answers to the questions using the Class Activity Questions discussion board. You may also respond to questions or comments made by others, or ask follow-up questions there. Answer any reflective prompt questions in the Reflective Journal section of your OneNote Classroom personal section.

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