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Using top-down, stepwise refinement, create an algorithm for making toast, frying eggs, baking a cake, or ordering pizza. How might algorithms be beneficial in your future profession?

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Algorithms are absolutely vital for computer support because the variety of problems a customer can encounter is vast, and therefore the diagnostics must be done in a systematic way by a top-down, stepwise refinement.
A technician starts from identifying a most general area of the problem and then asks more and more specific questions to incrementally localize the problem to maximal possible certainly and only then proposes a remedy.

There are various customs for writing algorithms.
One of the most frequent ones is the pseudo-code and so I use it here, in a 3-level scheme


Level 0 (Top)
Come home from work/studies.

Am I hungry?
No --> Check health
Yes --> See what food is available and decide what I want

End of Level 0

Level 1
See what food is available and ...

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Top Down, Stepwise refinement is depicted.