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Invitation to Computer Science 7th Edition

G. Michael Schneider | Judith Gersting

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Introduce your students to a contemporary overview of today's computer science with Schneider and Gersting's INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE. This flexible, non-language-specific edition provides a solid foundation using an algorithm-driven approach that's ideal for your students' first course in computer science. Chapter exercises and practice problems, feature boxes, and the latest material on emerging topics such as privacy, drones, cloud computing, and net neutrality keep your course current. Optional online language modules for C++, Java, Python, C#, and Ada correspond seamlessly with this edition and give you the flexibility of incorporating a programming language to expand concepts.

G. Michael Schneider, Macalester College

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, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

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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  • SOLID OVERVIEW PRESENTS BREADTH OF COMPUTER SCIENCE WITHOUT PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE-SPECIFICS. The authors expertly present a language-independent, breadth-first introduction to computer science that includes coverage of today's hardware, software, and applications as well as a modern view of ethics.
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  • OPTION TO INTEGRATE PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES OFFERS ULTIMATE FLEXIBILITY. With this adaptable text, you have the option to seamlessly incorporate one or more programming languages into your course with corresponding online modules for Java, C++, Python, C# and Ada.

Invitation to Computer Science

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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