How to prove that language is decidable? [duplicate]

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Prove or disprove: The following language $L$ is decidable:

$\{ \langle M, x\rangle: M \text{ is a Turing machine and } M(x) \text{ halts in less than } |x|^2 \text{ steps} \}$

So for proving I need to construct a TM $U$ if it accepts $L$, so $L$ is decidable, otherwise not.

My steps are:

$U$ = "On input $\langle M, x\rangle$:

1. $i:=1$;

$n := |x|^2$

2. Simulate one step of $M$ on $w$.
3. If $M$ accepted $w$ then $U$ accepts.

If $M$ rejected $w$ then $U$ rejects.

If $i ≥ n$ then $U$ rejects.

4. Else $i:=i+1$; goto step 2."

Because $U$ is a decider machine, $L$ is a decidable language.

Is this solution correct? Or I should do it in another way?

marked as duplicate by Evil, quicksort, Discrete lizard♦, David Richerby, vonbrandApr 27 '18 at 14:07

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• Can't you just simulate $M$ for $|x|^2 - 1$ steps? Also, you might need to handle the case $|x| = 0$ separately. – theyaoster Apr 19 '18 at 1:36
• Your solution seems correct. For more feedback, I suggest contacting your TA. – Yuval Filmus Apr 19 '18 at 7:33
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