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Overview

Discover a contemporary overview of today's computer science with the best-selling INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE, 7E. This flexible, non-language-specific approach provides a solid foundation using an algorithm-driven approach that's ideal for the reader's first introduction to the field of Computer Science. Expanded chapter exercises and practice problems, feature boxes, and the latest material on emerging topics, such as privacy, drones, cloud computing, and net neutrality, connect readers with today's most current computing issues. Optional online language modules for C++, Java, Python, C#, and Ada, correspond seamlessly with this edition allowing readers to learn a programming language while expanding their understanding of concepts from the book. An optional online CourseMateā„¢ offers helpful study tools, such as flashcards, quizzing, and games, as well as a new Digital Lab Manual containing 20 laboratory projects that map directly to the book. Strong visual and hands-on activities enable readers to master as well as experience the fundamentals of today's computer science.

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"Since we've been using this text, our students are better prepared for advanced courses like Computer Architectureā€¦and are prepared for the high-level thinking and problem solving required in Computer Science."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780324788594
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Series: Introduction to CS Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

G. Michael Schneider is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also served as a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University in New York. His professional interests include parallel processing, computer networks, programming methodology, and computer science education. He has written many successful textbooks on software development, data structures, computer organization, and a breadth-first overview of computer science. Dr. Schneider was a member of the committee that authored the ACM/IEEE Computing Curriculum 2001. He has received Fulbright Grants to teach computer science and applied mathematics in Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, and Mongolia. He received his B.S. from Michigan University and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Judith Gersting is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, where she now teaches part-time. An experienced educator and respected professional, Dr. Gersting has written a number of leading college textbooks. Her areas of specialization include theoretical computer science and computer science education. She earned her B.S. from Stetson University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Arizona State University.

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Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Computer Science. Level I: The Algorithmic Foundations of Computer Science. 2. Algorithm Discovery and Design. 3. The Efficiency of Algorithms. Level II: The Hardware World. 4. The Building Blocks: Binary Numbers, Boolean Logic, and Gates. 5. Computer Systems Organization. Level III: The Virtual Machine. 6. An Introduction to System Software and Virtual Machines. 7. Computer Networks and Cloud Computing. 8. Information Security. Level IV: The Software World. 9. Intro to High Level Languages (brief intro in printed text; online chapters for C++, C#, Python, Java, and Ada). 10. The Tower of Babel: Multiple Programming Voices. 11. Compilers and Language Translation. 12. Models of Computation. Level V: Applications. 13. Simulation and Modeling. 14. Electronic Commerce. 15. Artificial Intelligence. 16. Computer Graphics and Entertainment: Movies, Games, and Virtual Communities. Level VI: Social Issues in Computing. 17. Making Ethical Decisions [Bo Brinkman]. Answers to Practice Problems.

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