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Publisher Comments:

Computer Science: An Overview, Tenth Edition, delivers a solid, comprehensive overview of what computer science is all about. Each topic is presented with its historical perspective, current state, and future potential, as well as ethical issues for students to consider. This balanced, realistic picture helps students see the many opportunities that computing presents for further studies and future careers.

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FEATURES:

  • NEW! Chapter on computer graphics (Chapter 10) describes the technology used in video games and today's motion picture industry and provides a foundation for understanding the expanding field of virtual reality.
  • NEW! Numerous leading computer scientists played consulting roles in those chapters specific to their fields of expertise, ensuring that all topics are state-of-the-art and relecant in today's rapidly changing environment.
  • Fully revised lab manuals for C++ and Java™ are available for instructors who would like to incorporate a programming language into their courses. The lab manuals follow the sequence and approach of this book, facilitating hands-on exploration of concepts with C++ and Java.
  • A wide range of topics-- including programming languages, operating systems, algorithms, software engineering, networking, database design, graphics, artificial intelligence, and machine architecture — are covered.
  • The Companion Website for this book includes a practical exploration of topics, software simulators, and more. Check the front of this book for an access code to this valuable student resource. Six months of access are included with all new copies of this text.

Synopsis:

Students and instructors alike continue to praise the broad coverage and clear exposition that Computer Science: An Overview uses to present a complete picture of the dynamic computer science field. Accessible to students from all backgrounds, Glenn Brookshear uses a language-independent context to encourage the development of a practical, realistic understanding of the field. Introduction; Data Storage; Operating Systems; Networking and the Internet; Algorithms; Programming Languages; Software Engineering; Data Abstractions; Database Systems; Computer Graphics; Artificial Intelligence; Theory of Computation. For all readers interested in the basics of computer science.

About the Author

J. Glenn Brookshear is a Professor Emeritus at Marquette University where he taught Formal Language, Introduction to Computer Science, and Theory of Computation. He is the author of the previous editions of Computer Science: An Overview.

Table of Contents

Chapter 0 Introduction

0.1 The Role of Algorithms

0.2 The Origins of Computing Machines

0.3 The Science of Algorithms

0.4 Abstraction

0.5 An Outline of Our Study

0.6 Social Repercussions

Chapter 1 Data Storage

1.1 Bits and Their Storage

1.2 Main Memory

1.3 Mass Storage

1.4 Representing Information as Bit Patterns

1.5 The Binary System

1.6 Storing Integers

1.7 Storing Fractions

1.8 Data Compression

1.9 Communication Errors

Chapter 2 Data Manipulation

2.1 Computer Architecture

2.2 Machine Language

2.3 Program Execution

2.4 Arithmetic/Logic Instructions

2.5 Communicating with Other Devices

2.6 Other Architectures

Chapter 3 Operating Systems

3.1 The History of Operating Systems

3.2 Operating System Architecture

3.3 Coordinating the Machine’s Activities

3.4 Handling Competition Among Processes

3.5 Security

Chapter 4 Networking and the Internet

4.1 Network Fundamentals

4.2 The Internet

4.3 The World Wide Web

4.4 Internet Protocols

4.5 Security

Chapter 5 Algorithms

5.1 The Concept of an Algorithm

5.2 Algorithm Representation

5.3 Algorithm Discovery

5.4 Iterative Structures

5.5 Recursive Structures

5.6 Efficiency and Correctness

Chapter 6 Programming Languages

6.1 Historical Perspective

6.2 Traditional Programming Concepts

6.3 Procedural Units

6.4 Language Implementation

6.5 Object-Oriented Programming

6.6 Programming Concurrent Activities

6.7 Declarative Programming

Chapter 7 Software Engineering

7.1 The Software Engineering Discipline

7.2 The Software Life Cycle

7.3 Software Engineering Methodologies

7.4 Modularity

7.5 Tools of the Trade

7.6 Quality Assurance

7.7 Documentation

7.8 The Human-Machine Interface

7.9 Software Ownership and Liability

Chapter 8 Data Abstractions

8.1 Basic Data Structures

8.2 Related Concepts

8.3 Implementing Data Structures

8.4 A Short Case Study

8.5 Customized Data Types

8.6 Classes and Objects

8.7 Pointers in Machine Language

Chapter 9 Database Systems

9.1 Database Fundamentals

9.2 The Relational Model

9.3 Object-Oriented Databases

9.4 Maintaining Database Integrity

9.5 Traditional File Structures

9.6 Data Mining

9.7 Social Impact of Database Technology

Chapter 10 Computer Graphics

10.1 The Scope of Computer Graphics

10.2 Overview of 3D Graphics

10.3 Modeling

10.4 Rendering

10.5 Dealing with Global Lighting

10.6 Animation

Chapter 11 Artificial Intelligence

11.1 Intelligence and Machines

11.2 Perception

11.3 Reasoning

11.4 Additional Areas of Research

11.5 Artificial Neural Networks

11.6 Robotics

11.7 Considering the Consequences

Chapter 12 Theory of Computation

12.1 Functions and Their Computation

12.2 Turing Machines

12.3 Universal Programming Languages

12.4 A Noncomputable Function

12.5 Complexity of Problems

12.6 Public-Key Cryptography

Appendixes

A ASCII

B Circuits to Manipulate Two’s Complement Representations

C A Simple Machine Language

D High-Level Programming Languages

E The Equivalence of Iterative and Recursive Structures

F Answers to Questions & Exercises

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780321524034
Subtitle:
An Overview
Publisher:
Addison Wesley
Author:
Brookshear, J. Glenn
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Subject:
General
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
General Computers
Subject:
Education-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
January 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
8.98x8.03x.97 in. 2.39 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Students and instructors alike continue to praise the broad coverage and clear exposition that Computer Science: An Overview uses to present a complete picture of the dynamic computer science field. Accessible to students from all backgrounds, Glenn Brookshear uses a language-independent context to encourage the development of a practical, realistic understanding of the field. Introduction; Data Storage; Operating Systems; Networking and the Internet; Algorithms; Programming Languages; Software Engineering; Data Abstractions; Database Systems; Computer Graphics; Artificial Intelligence; Theory of Computation. For all readers interested in the basics of computer science.
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