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Four Functions Of A Computer

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This presentation describes the four basic functions of computers and identifies hardware components that specialize in each of the four functions.

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Four Functions Of A Computer

  1. 1. Four Functions of a Computer
  2. 2. <ul><ul><ul><li>Receive input Process information Produce output Store information </li></ul></ul></ul>File:Information processing system (english).PNG . (2004, February 25). Retrieved November 6, 2009, from Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Information_processing_system_(english).PNG
  3. 3. Spreadsheet Example
  4. 4. Spreadsheet Example - Input
  5. 5. Spreadsheet Example - Output
  6. 6. Receive Input <ul><li>Input devices, such as a keyboard or mouse accept data </li></ul>Photo by Mike Traboe , available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license .
  7. 7. Produce Output <ul><li>Output devices, such as a monitor or printer, send information from the computer to the outside world. </li></ul>Photo by Zzubnik , available from the public domain.
  8. 8. <ul><li>Process Information </li></ul><ul><li>The central processing unit (CPU) interprets and executes program instructions to process information, perform arithmetic calculations, and make logic-based decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>Store Information </li></ul><ul><li>Memory (RAM) holds data temporarily for use by the CPU and secondary storage devices, such as a hard drive, CD, DVD, or USB flash drives store data for long-term retrieval. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hardware components that support the four basic functions of a computer

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