AE Invitation to Computer Science,
8th Edition

G. Michael Schneider, Judith Gersting

ISBN-13: 9789814834636 | ISBN-10: 9814834637

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 928 pages

List Price USD $211.95


Offer a contemporary overview of computer science with Schneider/Gersting's best-selling INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE, 8E. This flexible, non-language-specific text uses an algorithm-centered approach to provide a foundation in computing. Learning objectives and a clear hierarchy help introduce algorithms, hardware, virtual machines, software development, applications of computing, and social issues. Updated exercises and practice problems challenge students to analyze, evaluate, and approach problems creatively. Special interest boxes and timely content highlight topics such as privacy, drones, cloud computing, and net neutrality. Optional online modules for C++, Java, Python, C#, and Ada integrate seamlessly for the flexibility to teach a specific programming language. Optional MindTap® provides study tools and a digital Lab Manual and lab software with 20 laboratory projects.

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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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LAB SOFTWARE AND LAB EXERCISES WORK SEAMLESSLY WITH THE TEXT. This edition’s online Lab Manual and lab software package offer hands-on opportunities for your students to gain better understanding of the text’s concepts.
  • ACTIONABLE AND MEASURABLE LEARNING OBJECTIVES LEAD STUDENTS IN MASTERING IMPORTANT CONCEPTS. Newly added learning objectives guide students through the edition, calling attention to critical key points.
  • 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. Corresponding online modules introduce Java, C++, Python, C# or Ada.
  • SPECIAL INTEREST BOXES HIGHLIGHT THE LATEST AND TECHNOLOGY AS WELL AS HISTORIC BACKGROUND. Topics range from "Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Khowarizmi" to "The Internet of Things" as students examine news items relating computing to everyday lives, updates on new advancements in technology, and bits of historical information.
  • UNIQUE APPROACH INTEGRATES TOPICS USING THE CONCEPT OF ALGORITHMS. Rather than simply present a large collection of seemingly random and unrelated topics, the authors tie the discipline of computer science together using a six-layer hierarchy that clearly demonstrates how the subjects in the book relate to each other. Student gain a clear understanding of the entire discipline of computer science that prepares them for future study in this field.

Table of Contents

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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 and Cloud Computing.
8. Information Security.
9. Introduction to High-Level Language Programming.
10. The Tower of Babel.
11. Compilers and Language Translation.
12. Models of Computation.
13. Simulation and Modeling.
14. Electronic Commerce, Databases, and Personal Privacy
15. Artificial Intelligence.
16. Computer Graphics and Entertainment: Movies, Games, and Virtual Communities.
17. Making Decisions about Computers, Information, and Society.

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