MAS.160 Signals, Systems, and Information for Media Technology

Fall 2001

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Course Highlights

This class offers a complete set of problem sets, in the assignments section, and some helpful reading materials for beginners to signals and systems in the readings section.

Course Description

Fundamentals of signals and information theory with emphasis on modeling audio/visual messages and physiologically-derived signals, and the human source or recipient. Linear systems, difference equations, Z-transforms, sampling and sampling rate conversion, convolution, filtering, modulation, Fourier analysis, entropy, noise, Shannon's fundamental theorems. Additional topics may include data compression, filter design, and feature detection. Meets with graduate subjects MAS.510, MAS.511 but assignments differ.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate