When you have completed all parts of this lesson you will be able to:
- Recognize the major parts of a computer system
- Classify the function of computer hardware components as input, output, or storage
- Identify the terms MHz, GHz, KB, MB, and GB to compare computer systems
- Identify the ways of measuring clock speed
- Identify the ways of measuring memory and storage capacity
- Explain Moore's law
- Recognize the important factors in selecting a computer
Please study the material at each of the links below.
- Introduction to computer hardware
- Inside a computer: This video explains the basic components
- Explanation of hardware: This video explains the basic components.
- Components of a Computer System and Storage Devices: This page briefly introduces the components of a computer system:
Motherboard, CPU, RAM,
ROM, BIOS, BUS Network, Hertz, Graphics Card,
Peripheral, Volatile, Non-Volatile, Storage Device
- Types of computer systems: Explains the difference between desktop, laptop, notebook, tablet PC, and smart phones.
- Definition, classify by size and power: Explains the difference between computer by from super computer to PDA.
- Identify The Components Inside Your Computer: This video helps you to identify the components inside the computer.: Text of Video
- How Computers Work: The CPU and Memory
- See How Computers Add Numbers In One Lesson: Shows how transistors work and explains AND and OR gates
- How Computers Work: Disks And Secondary Storage
- Explanation of Kilobytes, Megabytes, Gigabytes, Terabytes: Be sure to do the math problems to make sure you understand these terms.
- Explanation of bits and sizes: This video explains bits and bytes, and the relative sizes.
- How a CPU Works: This video explains clock speed and how the CPU works.
- CPU: Central Processing Unit: This video explains clock speed and how the CPU works.
- OPTIONAL: More detail about how the CPU works.: This simulation video explains clock speed, instruction set, and the bus.
- From Tubes to Transistors: The invention of the transistor was one of the most important developments
leading to the personal computer revolution.
- Moore's Law: Gordon Moore predicted that processor speeds, or overall processing power
for computers will double every two years.
- Types of Memory: Click next to watch the slide show
- RAM: Random Access Memory: This animated video explains how RAM works, and why more is important.
- Do I have enough memory?: This explains how to check the memory usage on both a PC and Mac
- Choose a Computer
- Purchase Decisions: This animated video explains how RAM works, and why more is important.
- Buying a New Computer: Computer or Tablet or Desktop? PC or Mac?
- Review the hardware terms at Wikipedia: This page gives a brief explanation of each term.
- How Computers Work: Transistors, bits, and bytes
- How Computers Work: Computation
- Selecting a Computer
- How to Choose a Computer
- Self Study Questions
- Discussion Questions
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