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1 1 Introduction to Computers Prof. Sokol Computer and Information Science Brooklyn College

2 2 What is a Computer? A COMPUTER is an electronic device that can: Receive information Perform processes Produce output Store info for future use.

3 3 Information Processing Cycle Input Process Output Storage

4 4 Hardware vs. Software Hardware - the physical parts that make up the computer e.g. CPU, memory, disks, CD-ROM drives, printer. Software - computer programs and applications. Operating system, word processor, games, etc.

5 5 Hardware: physical devices that comprise a computer system Printer (output) Monitor (output) Speaker (output) Scanner (input) Mouse (input) Keyboard (input) System unit (processor, memory … ) Storage devices (CD-RW, Floppy, Hard disk, zip, … )

6 6 What Are The Primary Components Of A Computer ? Input devices. Central Processing Unit (control unit and arithmetic/logic unit). Memory. Output devices. Storage devices.

7 7 Input Devices Keyboard. Mouse.

8 8 Central Processing Unit The central processing unit (CPU) is the “brain” of the computer. It: interprets instructions to the computer (control unit), performs the arithmetic and logical processing (ALU)

9 9 Memory Memory, also called Random Access Memory or RAM stores: instructions waiting to be executed data needed by those instructions results of processed data Any information stored in RAM is lost when the computer is turned off.

10 10 Memory Data in memory is stored as binary digits (BITS) e.g. 011100101010 1 BYTE = 8 bits 1 byte usually stores 1 text character.

11 11 Amount Of RAM In Computers We measure the size of memory by telling how many bytes it can hold. 1 kilobyte = 2 10 bytes = 1024 bits 1 megabyte = 2 20 bytes = ~1 million bytes 1 gigabyte = 2 30 bytes = ~1 billion bytes 1 terabyte = 2 40 bytes = ~1 trillion bytes One megabyte can hold approximately 500 pages of text information.

12 12 Output Devices Output devices make the information resulting from the processing available for use. printer - produces a hard copy of your output screen - produces a soft copy of your output speakers, etc.

13 13 Storage Devices Auxiliary storage devices are used for permanent storage of data. hard disks floppy disks compact discs – CD and DVD drives flash cards

14 14 Hard Disks Permanent storage that is inside of the computer, and NOT portable. Consists of several platters which spin very fast Typical hard disks range from 40 GB to 200 GB

15 15 Floppy Disks – 1.44 MB A floppy disk is a portable, inexpensive storage medium that consists of a thin, circular, flexible plastic disk with a magnetic coating enclosed in a square- shaped plastic shell.

16 16 Compact Discs CD-ROM (read only memory), CD-RW – (rewritable) DVD-ROM DVD+RW Typical CD’s can store about 700 MB Typical DVD’s can store up to 17 GB

17 17 Flash Cards Advantages: Small, easy to carry around High memory capacity – up to 8 GB Note: There are several different form factors of flash cards, including Compact Flash, SmartMedia, PCMCIA, and Small Form Factor Flash Card.

18 18 Software A computer program or software tells it exactly what to do. A computer program is a set of instructions to the computer. The computer does one instruction at a time.

19 19 Software Computer software is the key to productive use of computers. Software can be categorized into two types: System software Application software.

20 20 System Software The most important system software is the operating system. Examples of operating systems: Windows, DOS, Apple, UNIX

21 21 What is an operating system? An OS is a computer program that: Controls the hardware of the computer, Enables you to communicate with the computer.

22 22 Application Software Application Software consists of programs that tell a computer how to produce information. Some of the more commonly used packages are: Word processing Electronic spreadsheet Database Presentation graphics

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