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Science of Information Technology

Science of Information Technology

The Science of Information Technology (ScIT) is a course taught at Rensselaer since 1999 which adresses the scientific concepts behind modern methods of information processing, storage, and transfer, and considers future technologies. Materials at this website comprise an electronic text, including in-class activities and videos of guest lectures by expert researchers searching for ways of improving information technologies. The NSF has funded (DUE#0089399) the current project of converting these materials into forms useful at other institutions. The module "Reflection, Refraction, and Optical Fibers" has been completely updated in this manner. The updating of the module on "Semiconductor Devices" will be hopefully be completed soon. Other materials are available in their original format. These materials can be used in a stand-alone innovative course or to augment a more traditional course. Most materials are appropriate for high school through introductory college courses. Some, but all, readings use calculus when describing particular phenomena. None expect the user to do calculus.


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