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Introduction to Communication Systems: An Interactive Approach Using the Wolfram Language

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Victor S. Frost, University of Kansas

Copyright Year: 2021

ISBN 13: 9781936153251

Publisher: University of Kansas Libraries

Language: English

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Reviewed by Hoffbeck Joseph, Professor, University of Portland on 8/8/22

This book has most of the expected content for a first undergraduate course on analog and digital communication systems. It would be nice if there was a short introduction to spread spectrum modulation techniques (frequency hopping and... read more

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Signals & Systems Review
  • 3. Baseband Data Transmission
  • 4. Time Division Multiplexing (TDM)
  • 5. Double - Sideband Suppressed Carrier (DSB-SC) Modulation
  • 6. Quadrature Modulation/Multiplexing
  • 7. Frequency Division Multiplexing (FDM) and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)
  • 8. Double Sideband Large Carrier (DSB - LC) - Commercial AM 
  • 9. Single and Vestigial Sideband Modulation (SSB and VSB)
  • 10. Frequency and Phase Modulation (FM/PM)
  • 11. Superheterodyne Receiver
  • 12. Communications Channels, Noise and Link Budgets
  • 13. Performance of Analog Modulation with Noise
  • 14. Performance of Digital Modulation with Noise
  • 15. Multimegabit/sec Terrestrial Wireless Communication Systems: Impairments and Implementation
  • 16. Introduction to Error Detection and Correction Techniques
  • 17. Appendix net*TIMS FreeWire Laboratory Experiments

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About the Book

This ebook provides a unique pedagogical approach to teaching the fundamentals of communication systems using interactive graphics and in-line questions. The material opens with describing the transformation of bits into digital baseband waveforms. Double-sideband suppressed carrier modulation and quadrature modulation then provide the foundation for the discussions of Binary Phase Shift Keying (BPSK), Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QPSK), M-ary Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (M-QAM), M-ary Phase Shift Keying (MPSK), and the basic theory of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM). Traditional analog modulation systems are also described. Systems trade-offs, including link budgets, are emphasized. Interactive graphics allow the students to engage with and visualize communication systems concepts. Interactivity and in-line review questions enables students to rapidly examine system tradeoffs and design alternatives. The topics covered build upon each other culminating with an introduction to the implementation of OFDM transmitters and receivers, the ubiquitous technology used in WiFi, 4G and 5G communication systems.

About the Contributors


Dr. Victor S. Frost is currently the Dan F. Servey Distinguished Professor at University of Kansas. He has been on the KU faculty since 1982 and was chair of the KU EECS department 2014-2019 and Director of the KU Telecommunications and Information Technology Center from 1997-2007. From Feb. 2009 to Feb. 2011 he was a Program Director at the NSF in Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering - Computer Network Systems Division. He was elected to the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors from 2008-2011. He received the KU Louise E. Byrd Graduate Educator Award in 2014. He received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the NSF in 1984. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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