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- Become familiar with the components and functions of computer systems.
- List the functions of computer memory and processing devices.
- Take a look at different types of internal and external storage devices.
- Learn about different types of computer input devices.
- Name some common computer output devices.
- Understand the digital representation of data in computers.
1. Computer System Components: Computer Parts & Functions
Are you ready to buy a computer? Let's take a trip through the components of a computer for some advice. We'll learn about the motherboard, memory, storage, connectivity and peripherals.
2. Computer Memory and Processing Devices: Functions & Characteristics
Have you ever wondered how your computer operates - specifically, where it stores all the information it needs to run? This lesson will answer that question by explaining the general functions of the central processing unit (CPU), random-access memory (RAM) and read-only memory (ROM).
3. External and Internal Storage Devices: Optical, Magnetic & Semiconductor Storage
Let's explore the capacity of internal and external storage devices. We'll learn how optical, magnetic and semiconductor storage works, as well as identify some examples of storage devices.
4. Computer Input Devices: Keyboards, Mice, Audio & Video
What input devices do you use on a daily basis? We'll take a look at the common keyboard and mouse devices as well as other methods of input like audio and video.
5. Computer Output Devices: Monitors, Speakers, & Printers
So you've entered information into your computer. How do you get it back out? Here's a look at output devices such as monitors, speakers, printers and eBooks.
6. ASCII and Unicode to Represent Characters in Binary Code
A computer can think at speeds of over a billion machine cycles per second. However, no spoken language is a computer's native tongue. Learn how a computer translates analog to digital signals in this lesson.
7. What Is a Semiconductor? - Devices, Properties & Fundamentals
Microchips used in computer systems use a very thin sheet of silicon dioxide with microscopic electronic circuitry. Silicon is a semiconductor material, which means the material can be altered to either conduct an electrical current or not.
8. What Is a Sound Card? - Definition, Function & Types
A sound card converts digital data to sound. This allows you to listen to music from your computer using speakers or headphones. Learn about the different types of sound cards and how they work.
9. What is a Web Browser? - Definition & Examples
10. What is a Zip Drive? - Definition & Concept
In this lesson we will take look at zip drives, which are 'removable, magnetic disk storage systems for computers'. The zip drive was introduced in the mid-1990s and provided much more storage capacity than floppy disks. By the early 2000s, zip drives became largely obsolete with the advance of USB flash drives, recordable CDs and external hard disks.
11. What Is a Floppy Disk? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages
A floppy disk is a storage medium that consists of a thin and flexible magnetic disk inside a plastic carrier. Widely used since the 1970s until the early 2000s, they have gradually been replaced by other storage devices with greater capacity.
12. What Is Primary Storage? - Definition, Devices & Types
This lesson will help you answer the question, 'What is primary storage?' It will help you understand how primary storage works in your computer, the devices that comprise primary storage, and the different types of primary storage.
13. What Is Virtual Memory? - Definition, Settings & Management
This lesson will help you understand your computer's virtual memory. You will learn the definition of virtual memory, why this technology is important, and how you can manage it on your computer.
14. What Is Virtual Storage? - Solutions, Appliances & Management
In this lesson you will learn about virtual storage. You will learn why it is used, the hardware or appliances that can be used to facilitate it and how virtual storage is managed.
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