Invitation to Computer Science, 8th Edition

Invitation to Computer Science, 8th Edition

Book Description
Gain a contemporary overview of today's computer science with the best-selling INVITATION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE, 8E. This flexible, non-language-specific book uses an algorithm-centered approach that's ideal for your first introduction to computer science. Measurable learning objectives and a clear hierarchy help introduce algorithms, hardware, virtual machines, software development, applications, and social issues. Exercises, practice problems, and feature boxes emphasize real-life context as well as the latest material on privacy, drones, cloud computing, and net neutrality. Optional online language modules for C++, Java, Python, C#, and Ada let you learn a programming language. MindTap is available with online study tools, a digital Lab Manual and lab software with 20 laboratory projects. Hands-on activities enable you to truly experience the fundamentals of today's computer science.


Chapter 1. An Introduction to Computer Science

LEVEL 1 - The Algorithmic Foundations of Computer Science
Chapter 2. Algorithm Discovery and Design
Chapter 3. The Efficiency of Algorithms

LEVEL 2 - The Hardware World
Chapter 4. The Building Blocks: Binary Numbers, Boolean Logic, and Gates
Chapter 5. Computer Systems Organization

LEVEL 3 - The Virtual Machine
Chapter 6. An Introduction to System Software and Virtual Machines
Chapter 7. Computer Networks and Cloud Computing
Chapter 8. Information Security

LEVEL 4 - The Software World
Chapter 9. Introduction to High-Level Language Programming
Chapter 10. The Tower of Babel: Programming Languages
Chapter 11. Compilers and Language Translation
Chapter 12. Models of Computation

LEVEL 5 - Applications
Chapter 13. Simulation and Modeling
Chapter 14. Ecommerce, Databases, and Data Science
Chapter 15. Artificial Intelligence
Chapter 16. Computer Graphics and Entertainment: Movies, Games, and Virtual Communities

LEVEL 6 - Social Issues in Computing
Chapter 17. Making Decisions about Computers, Information, and Society

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