Introduction to Computing Systems: From Bits & Gates to C & Beyond / Edition 2

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Introduction to Computing Systems: From bits & gates to C & beyond, now in its second edition, is designed to give students a better understanding of computing early in their college careers in order to give them a stronger foundation for later courses. The book is in two parts: (a) the underlying structure of a computer, and (b) programming in a high level language and programming methodology.

To understand the computer, the authors introduce the LC-3 and provide the LC-3 Simulator to give students hands-on access for testing what they learn. To develop their understanding of programming and programming methodology, they use the C programming language. The book takes a "motivated" bottom-up approach, where the students first get exposed to the big picture and then start at the bottom and build their knowledge bottom-up. Within each smaller unit, the same motivated bottom-up approach is followed. Every step of the way, students learn new things, building on what they already know. The authors feel that this approach encourages deeper understanding and downplays the need for memorizing. Students develop a greater breadth of understanding, since they see how the various parts of the computer fit together.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072467505
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Series: Computer Engineering Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 173,462
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 3.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
1 Welcome Aboard 1
2 Bits, Data Types, and Operations 21
3 Digital Logic Structures 51
4 The von Neumann Model 97
5 The LC-3 115
6 Programming 155
7 Assembly Language 177
8 I/O 199
9 TRAP Routines and Subroutines 219
10 And, Finally . . . The Stack 251
11 Introduction to Programming in C 289
12 Variables and Operators 307
13 Control Structures 343
14 Functions 379
15 Testing and Debugging 407
16 Pointers and Arrays 427
17 Recursion 457
18 I/O in C 481
19 Data Structures 497
A The LC-3 ISA 521
B From LC-3 to x86 547
C The Microarchitecture of the LC-3 565
D The C Programming Language 585
E Useful Tables 615
F Solutions to Selected Exercises 619
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