Higher Education

Invitation to Computer Science, 7th Edition

  • G. Michael Schneider Macalester College
  • Judith Gersting Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
  • ISBN-10: 1305075773  |  ISBN-13: 9781305075771
  • 888 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $127.25
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About

Overview

Introduce your students to a contemporary overview of today's computer science with Schneider/Gersting's best selling INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE, 7E. This flexible, non-language-specific text provides a solid foundation using an algorithm-driven approach that's ideal for your students' first course in 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, keep your course in touch with current issues. 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 from the text. INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE, 7E's optional CourseMate™ provides helpful study tools, such as flashcards, quizzing, and games, as well as an online Lab Manual containing 20 laboratory projects that map directly to the main text. You'll find a wealth of effective visual and hands-on activities that allow your students to master and truly experience the fundamentals of today's computer science.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • EXTENSIVE EXERCISES AND PROBLEMS PROVIDE NUMEROUS OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONCEPT APPLICATION. You can choose from a wealth of proven exercise sets and practice problems to give your students the applied, real-world experience they need.
  • 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.

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.

What's New

  • UPDATES ADDRESS TODAY'S MOST TIMELY COMPUTING AND BUSINESS ISSUES. Introduce students to some of the most current developments in computing today with the latest discussions of emerging topics, including privacy, drones and robotics, Google Glass, Heartbleed, and more.
  • MORE THOROUGH COVERAGE OF CLOUD COMPUTING PREPARES FUTURE PROFESSIONALS. Students gain a strong understanding of cloud computing with more coverage in Chapter 7, as well as fresh discussions of net neutrality and mobile computing.
  • ADDITIONAL PRACTICE PROBLEMS AND REVISED FEATURE BOXES DEMONSTRATE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF CONCEPTS. Your students have more opportunity than ever before to put concepts into practice with carefully crafted practice problems and feature boxes that exemplify today's latest computing developments and challenges.
  • NEW DIGITAL LAB MANUAL PROVIDES CONVENIENT CONTENT AND PRACTICE FOR LEARNERS. This handy and helpful Digital Lab Manual, now available as part of CourseMate™, simplifies study and review for your students by offering all online content in one convenient place as well as 20 new laboratory projects that map directly to the book.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Resource  (ISBN-10: 1305075781 | ISBN-13: 9781305075788)

Everything you need for your course is in one place! This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online via www.cengage.com/login. Access and download PowerPoint® presentations, images, Instructor's Manual, videos, and more.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305503775 | ISBN-13: 9781305503779)

Cengage Learning , powered by Cognero™, is a flexible, online system that allows you to author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions. You can create multiple test versions in an instant and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom or wherever you desire.

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305406044 | ISBN-13: 9781305406049)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate™ brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including a new Digital Lab Manual, flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE, 7E.

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LMS Integrated for MindTap® Computing, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305970004 | ISBN-13: 9781305970007)

This access code will provide your students with seamless access to their LMS Integrated for MindTap® Computer Science resources from within your campus Learning Management System. Students will be prompted to enter this access code the first time that they click on a link in your course that includes Cengage content.

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Student Supplements

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305406044 | ISBN-13: 9781305406049)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate™ brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including a new Digital Lab Manual, flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE, 7E.

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LMS Integrated for CourseMate™, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305860179 | ISBN-13: 9781305860179)

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LMS Integrated for MindTap® Computing, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305970004 | ISBN-13: 9781305970007)

This access code will provide you with seamless access to your LMS Integrated for MindTap® Education resources from within your campus Learning Management System. You will be prompted to enter this access code the first time that you click on a link in your course that includes Cengage content.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

G. Michael Schneider

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

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.