UNIT TOPIC:
Digital Approximations

Digitization

  • You will examine the implications of variable-width encodings (e.g., Morse code) vs. fixed-width encodings (e.g., Baudot code).

  • You will design a digital representation.

Analog vs. Digital Data

  • You will analyze the differences between discrete (digital) and continuous (analog) representations of natural phenomena.

Perfect Copies

  • You will analyze the extent to which digital approximations accurately reflect the reality that they represent.
  • You will examine the social implications of the ease with which perfect digital copies can be made.