I know this is the video game section but it also said algorithms so I hope this post is ok...

I am having a lot of trouble understanding pseudocode algorithms in my intro Comp Sci class. I understand what while, set etc means but the way my prof uses the variables (i.e., i=1, output[i] = b[i + 1] etc) confuses me way too much. Here is the algorithm:

i'll put my comments in bold

input: two 4-bit binary strings a (0011) and b (1010)

output: one 4-bit binary stringoutput1 Set i = 1

this is a control variable to limit us to 4 movements?

2 while i<4so while we are under 4 moves right, we do the following?

3 [I]output= b[i + 1]output is italicized like in instructions at top, so this line is giving me the first digit for the single 4-bit string in our final output correct? is this first loops only concerned with the b string? is nothing changing in the a string yet?4 Set i = i + 1

now we move onto the next process?

5 Setoutput[4]= 1why did we jump to output4?

6 Set i = 1why are we putting i back to 1??

7 while i <= 4

8 [I]output= [I]output AND (NOT(a[i]))which ith are they talking about in the two outputs? and which a[i] are they talking about?9 Set i = i + 1

10 Settmp = output[4]I really have no idea what this means

11 Setoutput[4] = output[3]nor do i get why we go back and forth between 3 and 4

12 Setoutput[3] = tmp

13 Printoutput

So that is it... This is what I understand of it or at least what I think I understand of it... I am not a comp sci major but I really want to understand this stuff. I am not the only one in the class struggling like this... the prof is nice but he really really does not explain stuff very well. He kind of assumes everyone already gets it and does not go into detail. The lecture is invaded by 1000 questions constantly and I have been learning more researching on youtube and google than in the class. We also have no textbook so I have nothing to refer to for questions on these weird pseudocode algorithms