Higher Education

Invitation to Computer Science, 6th Edition

  • G. Michael Schneider Macalester College
  • Judith Gersting Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
  • ISBN-10: 1133190820  |  ISBN-13: 9781133190820
  • 744 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2007
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE is a well-respected text that provides an overview of the computer science field. Using a flexible, non-language specific model, INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE offers a solid foundation for the first course in a Computer Science curriculum. INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE, 6TH EDITION maintains its bestselling, algorithm-driven approach and includes expanded chapter exercises and practice problems, new material on topics such as multicore and parallel systems, cloud computing, wireless communications, embedded computing, agile software development, emerging programming languages (Go and F#), and new models of e-commerce, as well as boxes dedicated to current issues throughout. Online language modules are available in C++, Java, Python, C#, and Ada, allowing the option of incorporating a programming language to expand concepts from the text. INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE offers an optional CourseMate with study tools such as flashcards, quizzing, and games. CourseMate Activities speak to and engage students while developing abstract thinking and problem solving skills. Also available with INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE, an optional online Lab Manual containing 20 laboratory projects that map directly to the main text. The Lab Manual and accompanying software provide both visual and hands-on activities, allowing students to experience the fundamentals of computer science.

Features and Benefits

  • Presents a language-independent, breadth-first introduction to computer science that includes coverage of hardware, software, applications and a modern view of ethics.
  • Highlights current issues, including cloud computing, wireless communications, and new models of e-commerce, with lively feature boxes.
  • Includes expanded exercise sets and practice problems that allow opportunity for concept application.
  • Provides the option to incorporate one or more programming languages with online modules for Java, C++, Python, C# and Ada.
  • Provides hands-on experience via optional online Lab Manual and accompanying software containing 20 laboratory projects that map directly to the main text.Provides hands-on experience via optional online Lab Manual and accompanying software containing 20 laboratory projects that map directly to the main text.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Computer Science.
2. Algorithm Discovery and Design.
3. The Efficiency of Algorithms.
4. The Building Blocks: Binary Numbers, Boolean Logic, and Gates.
5. Computer Systems Organization.
6. An Introduction to System Software and Virtual Machines.
7. Computer Networks, the Internet, and the World Wide Web.
8. Information Security.
9. Introduction to High-Level Language Programming.
10. The Tower of Babel: Multiple Programming Voices.
11. Compilers and Language Translation.
12. Models of Computation.
13. Simulation and Modeling.
14. Electronic Commerce and Databases.
15. Artificial Intelligence.
16. Computer Graphics and Entertainment: Movies, Games, and Virtual Communities.
17. Making Ethical Decisions.

What's New

  • Features added on multicore and parallel systems, cloud computing, wireless communications, embedded computing, agile software development, emerging programming languages (Go and F#), new models of e-commerce, and other current issues.
  • Expanded End of Chapter Exercises and Practice Problems.
  • Revamped Ethics chapter (Chapter 17).
  • Optional CourseMate for INVITATION FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

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

— S. Jane Fritz, St. Joseph's College

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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.