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A Balanced Introduction to Computer Science


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Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview.

1. Computer Basics.

2. HTML and Web Pages.

3. The Internet and the World Wide Web.

4. JavaScript and Dynamic Web Pages.

5. JavaScript Numbers and Expressions.

6. The History of Computers.

7. Abstraction and User-Defined Functions.

8. Algorithms and Programming Languages.

9. Event-Driven Programming.

10. Computer Science as a Discipline.

11. Conditional Execution.

12. Data Representation.

13. Conditional Repetition.

14. Inside the Computer - The von Neumann Architecture.

15. JavaScript Strings.

16. Inside the Computer - Transistors and Integrated Circuits.

17. JavaScript Arrays.

18. Computers and Society.

Appendix A: HTML Reference.

Appendix B: JavaScript Reference.

Appendix C: Browser Basics.

About the Author

David Reed is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his M.S, and Ph.D. in computer science from Duke University. He has published extensively on topics such as apprentice-based learning. Web-based programming, and innovative instructional methods in introductory computer science. He is the principal investigator of an NSF grant involving the integration of experimentation and empirical reasoning in computer science, a member of the Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium, and the Chief Reader for the Advanced Placement Computer Science exam since 2004.

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